Noriko Sato

For Noriko Sato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

National Jan 12, 2004

Scattering ashes in nature gaining social acceptance

In Japan, 99 percent of the dead are cremated and the ashes are traditionally buried in the family grave -- scattering the ashes in the hills or the sea has long been considered taboo. So when well-known actor Yujiro Ishihara died in 1987, his family ...

National Jun 19, 2003

Publishers pitching Japanese books overseas

Compared with the influx of translated foreign books into Japan, the amount of Japanese books translated for overseas readers is a mere trickle, with the ratio standing at 20-to-1. This imbalance reflects the strong appetite the Japanese have for overseas culture, which contrasts with the ...

National Jun 19, 2003

Publishers pitching Japanese books overseas

Compared with the influx of translated foreign books into Japan, the amount of Japanese books translated for overseas readers is a mere trickle, with the ratio standing at 20-to-1. This imbalance reflects the strong appetite the Japanese have for overseas culture, which contrasts with the ...

National Jun 19, 2003

Publishers pitching Japanese books overseas

Compared with the influx of translated foreign books into Japan, the amount of Japanese books translated for overseas readers is a mere trickle, with the ratio standing at 20-to-1. This imbalance reflects the strong appetite the Japanese have for overseas culture, which contrasts with the ...

National Apr 4, 2003

Racket in public places is fraying nerves

Sounds abound in Tokyo, from the blaring advertisements in busy shopping areas like Shinjuku to the stream of announcements on trains. They annoy people like Takafumi Fujita, who said his ears and nerves are assaulted every time he goes out. "It's amazing how much sound is ...

Business Jan 1, 2003

Dollar expected to fall against yen in first half

For Japanese looking to travel to the United States this year, the best exchange rates for the yen are likely to last until around June -- that is, if market predictions prove to be correct. After that, the yen is expected to weaken against the ...

Business Oct 1, 2001

Buck to be firm against yen this week

The U.S. dollar is expected to be firm against the yen in Tokyo in the coming week as the Bank of Japan is likely to continue supporting the U.S. currency through market intervention. Many dealers and market watchers said they expect the dollar to trade ...