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For Lisa Twaronite's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Roving vans serve Japanese-Brazilian community's banking, food and other needs

National Jun 22, 2017

Roving vans serve Japanese-Brazilian community's banking, food and other needs

Japan's nearly 200,000-strong Brazilian immigrant community lives in pockets scattered across the middle of the country, clustered around auto parts factories and warehouses where they have jobs. To reach them, Brazilian companies have adopted mobile businesses, sending vans around the countryside selling traditional pastries, Portuguese-language ...

Tailored loans support restoration of Kyoto's historic townhouses

Business Sep 1, 2016

Tailored loans support restoration of Kyoto's historic townhouses

For generations, artisans and merchants in Kyoto lived in thousands of traditional machiya townhouses that are steadily disappearing or falling into disrepair. To help restore the wooden-and-tile-roof structures, banks in Kyoto have tailored loans to help contribute to the preservation of architecture in a city ...

Welfare cuts? Abe won't say it

National / Politics | DECISION 2014 Dec 11, 2014

Welfare cuts? Abe won't say it

Hiroko Shinohara frets about one issue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has noticeably avoided on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday's election: the need to cut the nation's generous social welfare program that supports millions of people. "I hope my own pension is OK, but I ...

Fukushima farmer takes on Tepco over wife's suicide

National Jul 10, 2014

Fukushima farmer takes on Tepco over wife's suicide

The Fukushima District Court is due to rule next month on a claim that Tokyo Electric Power Co. is responsible for a woman's suicide, in a landmark case that could force the utility to publicly admit culpability for deaths related to the Fukushima nuclear ...