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October 13, 1995 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Japan knew the term sexual harassment , Yuko Watanabe put up with her boss's back-room maulings as part of the job. The Tokyo hotel executive would call Watanabe, then a 20-year-old information guide, to the VIP lounge, throw her on the couch, cover her with kisses and laugh as she struggled. Three years later, in 1989, the nation's first sexual harassment case hit the courts, sparking widespread media coverage that finally gave this age-old problem a name: sekuhara.
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TRAVEL
December 1, 1996 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spend 13 days in the merry England of olde on a walking tour April 7 to 19. The walks take guests through 1,000-year-old villages, next to Roman walls, along the seacoast and through the literature region of the Lake District. Participants explore the north of England from the Blue John Caverns of Castleton to the ancient fishing port of Whitby and on to a bird-watching area.
NEWS
September 17, 2002 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In World War II, Soshitsu Sen, who would become a 15th-generation Japanese grand tea master, packed his tea box and utensils into his luggage and headed off to war, trained as a kamikaze pilot. He performed tea ceremonies for fellow pilots before they flew their suicide missions against the United States and its allies in the Pacific. The war ended before his number was called.
SPORTS
June 21, 1985 | DEREK RASER
W ho is this guy? In 52 fights spanning the last 13 years, no opponent's hand has ever been raised above him in victory. Forty-eight of his foes had to be scraped up off the canvas. Larry Holmes? Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Neither. It's David Michael Rivisto, the World Kick Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion, born among the martial arts of Japan and apprentice to one of the world's greatest heavyweight boxers.
NEWS
October 11, 1996 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
How do you write a history of the world's art when national borders are crumbling, fledgling experts are challenging conventional wisdom, long-ignored women's and ethnic groups are demanding a place in the picture and almost no one can define art to anyone else's satisfaction? The answer: not easily. "It almost killed us," said Ian Jacobs, publisher of the new Dictionary of Art, a 34-volume tome promoted as the most comprehensive art historical reference ever.
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