Fear, suspicion undermine fight against Ebola

World / Science & Health Jul 1, 2014

Fear, suspicion undermine fight against Ebola

When Mohamed Swarray contracted the deadly Ebola disease in June, he was confined to a tented isolation ward at Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone. But he didn't stay there long. Suspicious of the doctors in their masks and body-length protective suits, he slipped out and ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Lifestyle Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Lifestyle Mar 8, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

by Jun Hongo

Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what is ...

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

National May 2, 2013

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

by Mami Maruko

Most Japanese teens have little exposure to issues of worldwide poverty or the volunteerism that seeks to end it. Unlike in the United States and Europe, where youths are introduced to volunteerism at a fairly young age, children here rarely have the opportunity to do ...

Volunteers return from abroad to aid Tohoku

National Feb 22, 2013

Volunteers return from abroad to aid Tohoku

by Megumi Yamaguchi

When the catastrophic earthquake of March 11, 2011, struck the Tohoku region, Makoto Yanagisawa was researching stem cells at a university laboratory in the United States. "I was thinking of returning (to Japan) someday, but decided to do so sooner after I kept seeing TV ...