Noriko Hamamoto

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National Jan 18, 2011

Pet insurance popular as medical costs rise

Much like humans, pets are living longer these days thanks to advances in medical science, but as their medical bills rise, more owners are taking out pet insurance to mitigate the expense. Miho Hoshina, a 39-year-old company employee living in Tokyo, is among those considering ...

National Jul 3, 2010

Interest in growing veggies on rise

More people are growing vegetables on balconies and rooftop gardens, even at a train station, to feel more at ease about what they are eating and to take advantage of their supposed healing powers. There are now vegetable cultivation sets that come with a pot, ...

National Apr 28, 2010

Cities try Paris Marche concept

Major cities in Japan are experimenting with their own version of the Paris Marche, featuring direct sales of farm-fresh products on weekends at markets where farmers and city folk meet face to face. The Marche Japon project debuted in September in nine cities, including Tokyo, ...