MAIKO MURAOKA

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A starry rice is born: How Tottori created the unique Hoshizoramai

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Tottori Prefecture in the Chugoku region is known as the least populous prefecture in Japan, blessed with a wealth of...

Locally active vineyards face impacts of global climate change

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Japan may not be recognized as a major grape- or wine-producing country, but actually there are vineyards and wineries all...

At 2020 Games, NTT made watching events remotely feel live

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Spectators heard many athletes express appreciation in postgame interviews for Japan holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games even before they...

Troubled teens find solace with Saori Okada’s support network

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Saori Okada has been reaching out, day or night, to teenagers in need of mental and emotional support for the...

Kirirom Global Forum examines investment and social impacts

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Kirirom Group, a network of companies in Singapore, Cambodia and Japan that focuses on startup studio business and regional development,...

A tale of two cities’ castles, and how they survived the centuries

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Every municipality has a characteristic or landmark that its residents think of as their symbol. On July 29, the 18th...

Lawyer Terahara’s Marriage for All Japan fights for you too

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Through the activities of the nonprofit Marriage for All Japan, Makiko Terahara, a lawyer registered in Japan and the U.S.,...

Art triennial revitalizes rural Echigo-Tsumari region

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

The 16th Satoyama Cafe, a talk session organized by the Japan Times Satoyama Consortium and moderated by its secretariat chief,...

Frameworks for addressing deforestation are increasing

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) Japan conducted an online session on April 6 to present its latest reports about...

Think globally while eating locally, then spread the word

Maiko Muraoka
contributing writer

Food can be an effective tool for regional promotion. Every region has its own unique food — a delicacy that...

Biobalance holistic probiotics turn manure to resource

Maiko Muraoka
contributing writer

The world has been dealing with issues of various kinds of waste, from toxic waste to food loss and marine...

NTT ArtTechnology shows regional art anywhere, anytime

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Culture can be a powerful tool to invigorate a region because everything else — the economy, society, education, people’s lives...

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