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For Yuka Koshino's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New JICA head envisages 'effective approach' for ODA

National Oct 10, 2015

New JICA head envisages 'effective approach' for ODA

Shinichi Kitaoka, the newly appointed president of Japan International Cooperation Agency, said he wants to carefully study the needs of recipients and work to provide development aid effectively given the country's limited financial resources. "I want to take a steady approach toward Japan's proactive contribution ...

Miyazaki city turns to French flair in a bid to attract new residents

National Sep 25, 2015

Miyazaki city turns to French flair in a bid to attract new residents

A city suffering from population decline has attracted nationwide attention through its promotion video, which has had over a million views on YouTube. The city of Kobayashi in Miyazaki Prefecture created a promotion video — "N'da-mo-shita'n Kobayashi," which means "What a surprise" in English — ...

Student protests continue quest to block security bills

National Sep 16, 2015

Student protests continue quest to block security bills

Student protesters continued to cry foul over what they call "unconstitutional" security legislation Wednesday in a last-minute effort before the bills' expected Diet passage later this week. Aki Okuda, 23, a founding member of Student Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDs) — a leading student ...