Natalie Obiko Pearson

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Japan beating China to the port in Bangladesh

/ Jul 5, 2015

Japan beating China to the port in Bangladesh

Japan is beating out China in a race to build Bangladesh's first deep-water port as the region's powers jostle for a foothold in the Indian Ocean. Construction of the 18-meter-deep port at Matarbari on Bangladesh's southeast coast is set to start by January, the Japan ...

Health experts alarmed by surge in AIDS

Jun 10, 2005

Health experts alarmed by surge in AIDS

The rapid spread of AIDS in the past decade has reached a level that has confounded and alarmed the health establishment in Japan. Infections that had stayed at infinitesimal levels are surging at rates similar to developing countries, and some experts say the real number ...

Salsa fanatics defy rigid Japan

Dec 21, 2004

Salsa fanatics defy rigid Japan

A pulsating mambo fills the air at a cavernous club near Tokyo Bay. "Ayyy-esssooo!" the song calls in exhortation as a sea of dancers -- sweaty, skin bared, clothes clinging -- roll their hips and hurtle into turns with increasing abandon. The scene is a ...

Aug 27, 2004

Bigotry hounds former Hansen's patients

At first, Japanese victims of Hansen's disease were jubilant after a court fined a hot spring resort that turned them away last year. Then came the hate mail. "We don't want to get into the same baths as you," seethed one of the 130 letters ...

Migrants' remittances home exceed ODA

Jul 29, 2004

Migrants' remittances home exceed ODA

Elisa Rey puts a wad of yen into a small, brown envelope at her home. Far away in Peru, her monthly remittances -- set aside from her job in an electronics factory south of Tokyo -- have already built a house that few could ...

Ramen makers go upmarket in search of fresh clientele

Apr 30, 2004

Ramen makers go upmarket in search of fresh clientele

Customers with Prada handbags and Gucci sunglasses sometimes stand in line for hours and hungrily wait outside the restaurant door, feasting their eyes on the delicacy that awaits inside: a bowl of ramen. Ramen has long been known as a staple of construction workers and ...

For Princess Tenko, life, truth just one big sleight of hand

Oct 29, 2003

For Princess Tenko, life, truth just one big sleight of hand

Tenko Hikita, Japan's most famous magician, is a master of illusion. Or, perhaps, a masterful illusion. Known as Princess Tenko, she uses her flamboyant image to sell everything from cosmetics to clothes to items for pets and -- later this year -- wine. Construction is ...