Magdalena Osumi, The Japan Times

Magdalena Osumi

The Japan Times

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Past articles by Magdalena:

About 540,000 Japan residents told to evacuate after heavy rain floods homes and roads

Two bridges collapsed as heavy rainfall prompted East Japan Railway to suspend shinkansen services throughout the day between Fukushima and Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture. → Read More

How to treat and prevent heatstroke

With broiling temperatures across the country, new government guidelines set out what to do based on the severity of symptoms. → Read More

Ticket sales for Studio Ghibli theme park to start Aug. 10

The tickets will be sold using a lottery system via online ticket service Boo-Woo Ticket, followed by a second phase of sales starting Sept. 10. → Read More

Japan's forestry industry tests robots to address labor shortage

If successful, it could increase reforestation in the country and help Japan achieve its carbon neutrality goals. → Read More

Japan aims to up number of international students to 300,000 by 2027

The number of foreign students declined significantly due to COVID-19 and related border controls, and now the education ministry aims to get it back to the pre-pandemic level. → Read More

Japan to up domestic tourism subsidy when campaign expands in July

The amount will increase from ¥5,000 to as much as ¥8,000 per person, covering both accommodation and transportation fees, after the program is expanded nationwide. → Read More

Japan to provide financial aid to Ukrainian students fleeing war

Applications will be accepted from the end of May, and the government is planning to begin offering the assistance as early as July. → Read More

Very big tech enlisted to tackle risky railway tasks in Japan

The humanoid robots are designed to handle maintenance and construction work in high-risk locations such as near cliffs and high-voltage wires. → Read More

Japan expels eight Russians and tightens sanctions on Moscow

As Moscow’s war against Ukraine continues, the eight accused of spying on Japan left Tokyo's Haneda Airport with their families on a chartered plane arranged by the Russian government. → Read More

Former Japanese princess Mako Komuro finds new role at New York's MET

Sources say that Komuro is not on staff, which suggests that she is working there on a volunteer basis. → Read More

Japan's revised Juvenile Law takes effect as age of adulthood lowered to 18

The legislative amendment will result in stricter punishments for young offenders, but the government is also shifting its focus to resocializing juvenile delinquents to prevent recidivism. → Read More

It's cherry blossom season in Japan, but not everyone is ready to celebrate

Authorities have canceled events or asked people to cut down on drinking at viewing parties due to COVID-19 concerns. → Read More

Japan is set to lower the legal age of adulthood. How will young people be affected?

From April, those age 18 and 19 in Japan will be legal adults and will be given more freedom in making life choices without parental consent — but not without criminal responsibilities. → Read More

Imperial Household Agency criticized for media strategy — or lack thereof

In the era of social media, the agency's stiff and out-of-date approach to media strategy may have poured gasoline on a fire. → Read More

COVID-19 quarantines to be shortened for fully vaccinated travelers to Japan

Japan will for the first time recognize its own vaccine passports as well as those of about 50 countries and regions. → Read More

What you need to know about the not-so-fairy tale of Princess Mako

The wedding between the princess and Kei Komuro was originally scheduled to take place in November 2018. But things did not go as planned. → Read More

The latest on vaccine effectiveness and the delta variant

With the strain of the virus running rampant in parts of the world, and having an effect on Japan, researchers are keen to find ways to deal with it. → Read More

Japan set to shorten quarantine to 10 days for vaccinated arrivals

The move, expected to take effect as early as the end of September, follows calls by Japan's top business lobby to ease entry restrictions. → Read More

Japan's top business lobby makes case for eased entry restrictions

Keidanren has presented to Suga proposals on relaxed quarantines, opening the border to vaccinated individuals and the domestic use of vaccine passports. → Read More

Lambda variant has been found in Japan: Here's what you need to know

Despite being listed as a variant of interest by the WHO, Japan has been slow to release information on lambda. → Read More