May Shigenobu: A life less ordinary

| May 7, 2006

May Shigenobu: A life less ordinary

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In November 2000, May Shigenobu stood speechless in front of her TV set in Beirut, staring at crackly satellite images of her mother, Fusako Shigenobu, giving the thumbs-up and smiling as she was led away by police in Osaka, half a world away. To May, ...

Chizuko Ueno: Speaking up for her sex

| Mar 5, 2006

Chizuko Ueno: Speaking up for her sex

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In the United States today, it is no longer radical to suggest that the next president could be a woman. In Nordic countries, no husband would rail at a pregnant wife who expected him to share child-raising duties. And female heads of state are ...

Fashionista with attitude

| Feb 5, 2006

Fashionista with attitude

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Raised on the mean streets of Brooklyn's Brownsville district, Gene Krell is a self-proclaimed tough guy who cites as one of his heroes a little-known but highly colorful "Dadaist professional boxer" called Arthur Cravan. Odd, then, that he should have found his life's work in ...

Shigeaki Hinohara: Doctor of reforms

| Jan 8, 2006

Shigeaki Hinohara: Doctor of reforms

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Even at the age of 94, Shigeaki Hinohara's mind and memory are so clear as to put some of his medical students to shame. And even despite being Japan's best-known and most highly acclaimed physician -- and chairman of the board of trustees of ...

Shogo Kariyazaki: Flower power at his fingertips

| Dec 4, 2005

Shogo Kariyazaki: Flower power at his fingertips

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Shogo Kariyazaki is one of Japan's most flamboyant and outspoken authorities on beauty. Since starting to study ikebana at age 24, the Tokyo native has risen to fame through his penchant for a sensitively decorative, yet often extravagant, approach to the traditional art of flower ...

Harumi Kurihara: Homing in on success

| Oct 2, 2005

Harumi Kurihara: Homing in on success

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As a cook and lifestyle guru, Harumi Kurihara has often been dubbed Japan's answer to America's Martha Stewart or Britain's Delia Smith. But in February this year, she scaled new heights when the English-language edition of her book "Harumi no Japanese Cooking" -- titled ...

Takeshi Yoro: Professor No-Self

| Jul 3, 2005

Takeshi Yoro: Professor No-Self

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Some think of him as a retired anatomist par excellence; some revere his knowledge of the human brain; while to others he's simply someone who's nuts about insects. Takeshi Yoro is definitely all of these things and more, as well as being one of the ...

Seiji Hirao: Mr. Rugby

| Jun 5, 2005

Seiji Hirao: Mr. Rugby

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At the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong in March, a group of eminent rugby journalists were talking about Japan's bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011. After discussing -- and agreeing -- how the government-backed proposal by the Japan Rugby Football Union to ...

Keiko Sakai: Conundrum Iraq

| Jan 9, 2005

Keiko Sakai: Conundrum Iraq

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One year ago this month, an advance team from Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) arrived in Iraq on a mission -- so the Japanese public was told -- to help rebuild the wartorn country. The rest of the main contingent of 600 troops soon ...

Joji Yamamoto: Time to serve

| Dec 5, 2004

Joji Yamamoto: Time to serve

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Joji Yamamoto was a young, idealistic politician with a bright future -- but all that promise dissolved on Sept. 4, 2000, when he was arrested on suspicion of fraud. Soon after the arrest, Yamamoto admitted his guilt. He had, indeed, pocketed more than 25 million ...