Michiko Munakata

For Michiko Munakata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Singles find community in 'social apartments'

Oct 12, 2007

Singles find community in 'social apartments'

A three-story former dormitory built 16 years ago for unmarried employees of a brokerage has been reborn as a "social apartment" for 44 singles. Yuki Ito, a 28-year-old worker at a Tokyo publishing company, is one of the tenants of Social Apartment Yomiuriland in Kawasaki. ...

Feb 8, 2007

Closer to the grave: urbanites rebury ancestors

, a Tokyo-based national association of 400 gravestone dealers, said the number of inquiries about reburials is soaring. Some of those interested in reburial note that they have no intention of returning to their countryside birthplaces after living in the city for more than 40 ...

Ota schools turn to innovation to educate Latino children

Nov 28, 2005

Ota schools turn to innovation to educate Latino children

One city is taking up the daunting challenge of enabling children of foreign workers to achieve a high level of scholastic ability in the Japanese language. "Children from abroad are the same as Japanese transfer students," said a municipal education official in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. ...