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Past articles by Tomohiro:

'A new chapter of my life began': A child of Japan's 'baby hatch' speaks out

Koichi Miyatsu was only a toddler when he was placed in the hatch at a hospital in Kumamoto, where children can be left anonymously by desperate family members. → Read More

Yours sincerely: singles charmed by Japanese letter-writing campaign

Singles in Miyazaki are being encouraged to put pen to paper in a low-tech search for their soulmate, part of municipal efforts to boost the low birth rate. → Read More

What's next for English-language education in Japan?

English has been at the heart of discussions over nationwide university entrance exams amid growing frustrations that few Japanese students learn to speak the language fluently. → Read More

How Twitter moderates content in Japan

Japan’s top social media platform is drawing increased scrutiny about its operations, particularly in the wake of several high-profile cyberharassment incidents. → Read More

Japanese scientists warn vaccines may be less effective against the omicron variant

The findings came after a fourth omicron case was found Wednesday in a man in his 50s who arrived in Japan from Nigeria. → Read More

Black Friday sales make inroads in Japan, but not all retailers are buying in

Public recognition of the retail bonanza has soared in recent years, with major franchises rolling out discount campaigns. → Read More

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike returns to duty after speculation of ill health and resignation

Koike, 69, visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building to attend an online meeting of the National Governors’ Association on Sunday, marking a full resumption of her duties. → Read More

Suspect in Tokyo Halloween attack deliberately targeted a crowded train

Sunday's incident has restarted a debate about what train operators can reasonably do to stop attacks by armed individuals. → Read More

Princess Mako weds after drawn-out engagement drama

In tying the knot with her college sweetheart, the princess relinquished her royal status and brought closure to a four-year engagement saga marred by scandal and public backlash. → Read More

Is Taro Kono politically dead?

Effectively demoted after his unsuccessful LDP leadership bid, the former vaccine czar needs to maintain his public popularity while hoping the party's views move closer to his own. → Read More

Japan's virus wave shows just how far digitalization of schools still has to go

Japanese schools have long relied on conventional teaching methods, and an abrupt shift to remote learning has revealed how many are still wedded to them. → Read More

In Japan politics, social media savvy Taro Kono is a rarity. His party isn't fully on board.

Kono's unorthodox communication style is a double-edged sword and has made him a polarizing figure among some of the Liberal Democratic Party's influential old guard. → Read More

School is back in Japan, but COVID-19 is keeping some children at home

Some parents have taken the rare step of stopping their children from going to school due to fears over classroom infections and their own close contacts. → Read More

Japan ramps up campaign to get youth vaccinated against COVID-19

Incentives such as cars and coupons, as well as new walk-in centers, are being rolled out to tempt vaccine-hesitant young people, but supply issues present a big barrier of their own. → Read More

Japan turns to antibody cocktails as 'new weapon' in fight against pandemic

The government has widened the use of the drug Ronapreve, but some doctors say it needs to go further and make it available to patients isolating at home too. → Read More

Virus surge in Japan overshadows excitement ahead of the Paralympics

Athletes and officials are caught between worries over COVID-19 and their belief in what the Paralympics can do for inclusiveness and disability sports. → Read More

Yoasobi’s breakout hit song is just as catchy in English

YouTube viewers are praising music director Konnie Aoki’s English translation of “Yoru ni Kakeru,” which sounds strikingly similar to the original Japanese version. → Read More

Phasing out faxes faces fierce resistance from Japan's bureaucrats

After a government task force issued a notice telling ministries to abandon their fax machines, it was inundated with about 400 responses from officials. → Read More

A hunger strike reignites conversations about parental rights in Japan

Detractors of the country's system of sole parental authority say it promotes child "abductions," while supporters say change could exacerbate domestic abuse. → Read More

Organizers scramble to replace Tokyo Games composer after resignation

The scandal over the musician's admission of having bullied and assaulted people with disabilities is the latest in a long line to have beset the troubled Tokyo Olympics. → Read More