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Lisa Du

Tokyo, Japan

Summering at @WSJAsia in Tokyo. Studying the world among other things at @ColumbiaSIPA. Tips/cat photos:

5 Scenarios Facing Former Toyota Executive Julie Hamp in Japan

By Lisa Du — Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp has resigned from the car maker, but that doesn't resolve her legal problems. Ms. Hamp, a 55-year-old American, was arrested last month and remains in custody after police said they found oxycodone pills in a package addressed to her.

Beloved Station Master Cat Still Tweeting After Passing

By Lisa Du — 皆様、たくさんのツイート、ありがとうございます。 ワタクシ、 一昨々日、天国行きの電車に乗車いたしましたにゃんご! 到着しましたら、ご連絡致しますにゃんご! - 駅長たま (@ekichoTAMA) June 25, 2015 Tama, the beloved "station master" cat who passed away Monday, has an update for her fans from the great beyond. On Thursday morning, Tama's Twitter account tweeted out: "Thank you everyone for the tweets. Three days ago, I got on a train headed to heaven.

Actor Toshiro Mifune Honored With Walk of Fame Star

By Lisa Du — Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who starred in Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and the U.S. TV adaptation of "Shogun," will finally get to leave his mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than 17 years after his death.

Suicides in Japan Hit 18-Year Low

By Lisa Du — The number of suicides in Japan dropped to an 18-year low in 2014, but suicide still ranked as the leading cause of death among those 15 to 39 years old, according to a government report released Monday.

Shinkansen Cleaning Video Goes Viral

By Lisa Du — A 90-second video showcasing the seven-minute cleanup process of a Shinkansen bullet train has accumulated over two million views on YouTube in the last few weeks, suggesting high interest in what makes Japanese transport efficient.

5 Things for Travelers To Know About Drug Enforcement in Japan

By Lisa Du — News of Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp's arrest in Tokyo for allegedly trying to import oxycodone has drawn renewed attention to Japanese drug laws. The country is known for its strict and unyielding stance towards drugs, and those who get caught could end up facing heavy fines, long prison sentences or deportation.

Q&A: Toyota’s New Type of Share, and Why It’s Controversial

By Lisa Du — Toyota Motor Corp. shareholders on Tuesday overrode criticism from some foreign investors and approved the automaker's plan to issue a new financing instrument, the Model AA Class Stock-named after the company's first passenger car. Here are some questions and answers about the unusual type of share. How do the Model AA Class shares work?

Abe Lags in Name Recognition in Australia, U.S.

By Lisa Du — Prime Minster Shinzo Abe may be Japan's busiest globe-trotting leader yet, but his high-profile visits to foreign lands don't seem to be catching the eye of many local citizens. In Australia, 59% of its citizens did not know who Mr. Abe was, according to a poll from the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney released Monday.

Berkshire Hathaway Office Tour — Warren Buffett, aka The Oracle of Omaha, prides himself on conducting his business the old fashioned way. He reads tons and tons of SEC filings and doesn't even have a computer on his desk. In a world of massive trading desks and high speed everything, this is something to see.

Japan’s State Secrets Laws Empowers The Elite and Muzzles The Press: FOP RIP 12/10/2014

By Lisa Du — Originally published in December 2014 Missing : Japan's Freedom of The Press-once ranked number 22 in the world, she has been in ill-health and mistreated since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the new sheriff of Japan in 2012. Last seen at midnight on December 9th.
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