Chisato Tanaka, Pioneer Press

Chisato Tanaka

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Past articles by Chisato:

Japan’s ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech

The attack stunned a nation that has some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere. → Read More

Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days

Using three different types of software, a student and professor are colorizing photos, reawakening lost memories for the aging generation who experienced the war. → Read More

Swe Myanmar: Sharing the flavors of home in Tokyo's 'Little Yangon'

The popular Swe Myanmar is one of many Myanmar restaurants in Tokyo's "Little Yangon," Takadanobaba. But one aspect makes it unique: Its owner, Than Swe, is a foreign national who was granted asylum in the 1990s. → Read More

Top 5: Tokyo's best vegan ramen

Vegans shouldn't feel left out of Tokyo's expansive ramen scene. The Japan Times has sourced five of the best options in the capital for flavorful vegan noodles that even nonvegans will say are delicious! → Read More

After 16 years in Japan, Sri Lankan woman still classified as an exchange student

Dakshini Siriwardena never expected that the failure of her father's business in Japan would leave her with no choice but to live here as an exchange stude → Read More

Ahead of World Refugee Day, how well is Japan fulfilling its obligations in 2019?

Ahead of World Refugee Day on Thursday, attention has been turning to just how well Japan — the world's third-biggest economy — has been fulfilling its res → Read More

Kurdish refugee released on bail after 17 months in detention reunites with family in Tokyo

The tears of joy were impossible to contain Monday for the eight-year-old son of Kurdish asylum seeker Mehmet Colak, who was released on the day after bein → Read More

App developed by Keio University and startup proves effective in helping smokers quit

Ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, smokers who have been fighting a lonely battle against nicotine addiction were given another option in their quest → Read More

Sumo superfan to skip basho finale, saying tight security for Trump is an unwelcome distraction

When U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to take in live sumo wrestling on Sunday at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, securit → Read More

Women pass scandal-hit Tokyo Medical University's entrance exam at higher rate than men

This year's pass ratio of female applicants for admission to the scandal-tainted Tokyo Medical University, which had discriminated against women for more t → Read More

Tokyo's Pet Loss Cafe offers a place to grieve for those who have lost their furry friends

Ritsuko Shimazaki, 58, occasionally takes a 70-minute train ride to visit one coffee shop in particular near the upscale district of Omotesando in Tokyo's → Read More

With spirits high, the LGBT community and supporters marks Tokyo's 25th pride march

With rainbow flags flying high and colorful signboards vividly displayed under a clear blue sky, thousands of members of the LGBT community and their suppo → Read More

Two girls' deaths after alleged abuse expose shortcomings in Japan's child-protection services

The January death of 10-year-old Mia Kurihara in Chiba Prefecture, allegedly at the hands of her abusive father, shocked Japan after coming on the heels of → Read More

Education ministry urges local governments to promote school enrollment of foreign students

Their numbers are sure to grow with the coming influx of foreign workers. → Read More

Six years into Abe's womenomics push, women in Japan still struggling to shine

Six years have passed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans to create a "Japan in which women can shine," urging more working mothers to take on → Read More

American activist against the Futenma relocation plan questioned at Kansai airport for two hours upon arrival

An American activist who has collected over 210,000 signatures for a petition calling for the suspension of land reclamation work to relocate U.S. Marine C → Read More

Sadako Ogata: Waging peace on war

A 1993 photograph of a diminutive, sexagenarian woman surveying the front lines of conflict has left an indelible mark on the international community as a true example of commitment to humanitarian aid. → Read More

Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan's LGBT communities

Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain — a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither → Read More

Turkish asylum-seeker laments Japan's system of detention for months on end

Separated from his wife by a transparent barrier in a visiting room at the immigration detention center in Minato Ward, Tokyo, Colak touched it with his le → Read More

Okinawa activist launches hunger strike to protest cities staying out of vote on Henoko U.S. base plan

Backed by about 93,000 signatures from residents of Okinawa, Jinshiro Motoyama and his civil organization pushed the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly last year → Read More