New York Times Tokyo bureau chief. Still want to know who, what, when, where, why & how. Mom, book fiend.

Rodrigo Duterte, in Japan, Calls for U.S. Troops to Exit Philippines in 2 Years — Still, his visit puts Japan, another important ally of the United States in Asia and the Philippines' largest trading partner, in the delicate position of trying to retain a balance in an increasingly tense region where Japan fears any further tilt toward China.

Japanese wives fight to use maiden names - The Santa Fe New Mexican: News — TOKYO - Japan's Constitution promises gender equality, and the prime minister says he wants a society where all women can "shine." But many women say it is hard to do that when they cannot even use their own surnames.

What Wives Want: To Keep Their Names. What Courts Call Them: Scofflaws. — Ms. Uozumi, 36, said she did not want customers to confuse her with her husband, Shigeru Otsuka, as most employees are known primarily by their last names in Japan. Using her birth surname went beyond convenience. It was also a declaration of empowerment. "I feel more independent," Ms. Uozumi said.

Police Investigating Deadly Explosions North of Tokyo — TOKYO - A series of explosions rocked a parking lot and nearby park on Sunday morning in Utsunomiya, a city about 80 miles north of Tokyo, killing one man and injuring three other people, a spokesman for the local fire department confirmed.

With Idols in Ranks, South Korean Army Steps to a K-Pop Beat — While armies around the world have marching bands and musical troupes, South Korea may have the trendiest ones of all. In South Korea, where every able-bodied man 18 to 35 years old must complete a 21-month stint in the armed forces, the rules make no exceptions for pop idols, no matter how much their fans may miss them and how much income they stand to lose while enlisted.

When You Have to Go, Japanese Rest Stops Won’t Keep You Waiting — The kids are hungry, the driver has a headache and everyone has to go to the bathroom. If you're traveling by car on a holiday weekend, the last thing you want to find at a roadside rest stop is a long line for a toilet.

Bowing to a New Life, in Tokyo — Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights from The New York Times. In this piece, Motoko Rich, who moved her family from Brooklyn to Japan in August after becoming The Times's Tokyo bureau chief, shares what it's been like, for all of them, to adapt.

Breaking Japan's glass ceiling, but leaving some feminists unconvinced — Ko Sasaki / The New York Times TOKYO - She has been called a "migratory bird," a "flower," "Madame Conveyor Belt Sushi" and - by a politician two decades her senior - "a woman past her prime in thick makeup."

Breaking Japan’s Glass Ceiling, but Leaving Some Feminists Unconvinced — Ms. Koike can be a confusing figure for feminists, given her backing by ultraconservative groups that believe women belong in the home and that call for the whitewashing of Japanese World War II atrocities, including the enforced use of Korean "comfort women" as prostitutes.

Woman to lead opposition Democratic Party in Japan for first time | Toronto Star — TOKYO-Renho Murata became the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party in Japan after winning a leadership contest on Thursday. Murata, who has served in the country's upper house of Parliament for more than a decade, won in a landslide against two male competitors despite controversy over her heritage, which is part Taiwanese.
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Oct 27, 2016

You cannot make this up: the "shaman fortuneteller" advising ROK's Pres. Park on what to say, what colors to wear 

Oct 27, 2016

RT @siddharma: Junko Tabei's climbing club for women was told "we should be raising children instead.” She later climbed Everest.…

Oct 27, 2016

RT @yurikageyama: a good story by @motokorich ~ In Japan, More Women Fight to Use Their Own Surnames 

Oct 27, 2016

"Practically every family has a relative in U.S. They don’t dream of going to China and living there.”  @RCPaddock

Oct 26, 2016

“Pres. Duterte extended an invitation for PM Abe to visit the Philippines at a convenient time. PM Abe accepted invitation with pleasure."

Oct 26, 2016

RT @waoesteve: @motokorich 5-7-5 #senryu - a funny #haiku - Watching Duterte / Earthquake shaking the building / Living in Tokyo

Oct 26, 2016

@MarkBuckton1970 actually, if you watch Japanese TV, you might swat differently. 

Oct 26, 2016

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, in Japan, never boring. "Son of a bitch, jail? I'll cut your head off." 

Oct 26, 2016

Watching President Duterte’s remarks, feeling an earthquake shake the building. #tokyoliving

Oct 26, 2016

Calming Japanese fears, Philippines President Duterte wearing a suit for summit with PM Abe, does not appear to be chewing gum

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