Natalie Obiko Pearson

For Natalie Obiko Pearson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

A shot at hostage diplomacy with China backfires in Canada

Asia Pacific Jul 11, 2020

A shot at hostage diplomacy with China backfires in Canada

The letter circulated by Huawei Technologies Co. was blunt. Canada was becoming dangerously entangled in the diplomatic feud between Washington and Beijing, it said, and there was only one answer: for Justin Trudeau’s government to free the state-championed tech giant’s chief financial officer and ...

Japan beating China to the port in Bangladesh

National / Politics 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

National 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

National 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 ...

National 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

National 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 ...