Tetsuo Shintomi

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Inpex eyes bid for Iran's Azadegan oil project

Business Aug 17, 2017

Inpex eyes bid for Iran's Azadegan oil project

Japan's Inpex Corp. might participate in a tender to develop the Azadegan oil field in southwestern Iran and form a consortium with other foreign oil firms to that end, a high-ranking Iranian official says. If Inpex gets involved in the Azadegan again — after giving ...

Student films documentary about Rohingya in Gunma Prefecture

National Feb 2, 2016

Student films documentary about Rohingya in Gunma Prefecture

University student Shiori Suzuki visited Myanmar in 2013 as a tourist. What she did not notice there was the plight of the Muslim minority Rohingya — and only learned about them and their situation from a newspaper article upon her return. "What did I see ...

Iraqi leukemia survivor thanks Japan for help

National Nov 3, 2015

Iraqi leukemia survivor thanks Japan for help

Bedridden as a child with leukemia during the Iraq war, Hawraa Jamel found that the only way she could believe in a better future was by drawing flowers. Now 19 and a high school student, she began her drawings after she contracted leukemia at the ...

Nagasaki hibakusha recalls struggle to dodge discrimination

National Mar 16, 2015

Nagasaki hibakusha recalls struggle to dodge discrimination

Seventy years may have passed, but Nagasaki A-bomb survivor Katsuko Kanamori still suffers from the mental trauma caused by concealing her radiation exposure to avoid discrimination. Kanamori, 71, remembers being unable to hold back tears 30 years ago when she finally told her son, then ...

A-bomb survivor, 90, intent on attending NPT confab

National Dec 30, 2014

A-bomb survivor, 90, intent on attending NPT confab

In rooms throughout his home, 90-year-old Masakazu Saito has dozens of old clocks indicating it is 8:15 a.m. — the time an atomic bomb flattened Hiroshima and nearly killed him seven decades ago. "This keeps me remembering the event that should never happen again," he ...

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

National Aug 18, 2014

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

An ombudsman program for children's human rights in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, marked its 15th anniversary this year as Japan's first independent public organ to address problems involving children. To date, some 8,800 requests for advice have been placed with the city's Ombudspersons for Children's Human ...

Homeless man from Osaka finds his place on pitch

General Nov 21, 2009

Homeless man from Osaka finds his place on pitch

A 52-year-old homeless man who spent nine years on Osaka's streets after being fired from his job was in Italy in September as captain of Japan's soccer delegation to the Homeless World Cup. A total of eight men from Tokyo and Osaka who lost their ...

Woman works to help Chechens

National Oct 21, 2008

Woman works to help Chechens

Yukiko Kikuchi, 25, an exchange student at Moscow State University, wants to make a difference in Chechnya. Kikuchi, who is also a member of a Moscow-based humanitarian aid group, has watched new buildings and streets constructed in Grozny, but she is also aware bombed-out structures ...

Aomori's protected monkeys run amok, proliferate, pillage

National Jan 31, 2007

Aomori's protected monkeys run amok, proliferate, pillage

Residents of the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture are having trouble with monkeys designated by the central government as a protected species because the primates are threatening them and damaging their crops. Alarmed by the heavy damage to crops and the potential dangers to the ...