Atsushi Kodera

For Atsushi Kodera's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Firms promote practical items in times of disaster

Sep 1, 2015

Firms promote practical items in times of disaster

With the chances of a destructive earthquake hitting the Kanto region in the next 30 years estimated to be 70 percent, disaster preparedness seems to be on the minds of many people. As they seek safety, and minimum necessities in times of trouble, a ...

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

Aug 31, 2015

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

The main building of the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo closed Monday for demolition and a rebuild after 53 years of hosting fascinating guests amid Japanese decorative beauty. The hotel’s guest list of dignitaries and celebrities has arguably been as impressive as its interiors. The ...

Aug 19, 2015

No long-term threat seen in Bangkok blasts: experts

Crisis management experts say Bangkok’s recent bombings do not pose a long-term threat in an otherwise relatively safe country. But they are nonetheless advising Japanese staying in the Southeast Asian city to exercise caution. “Basically I don’t think Thailand right now is too dangerous,” ...

Photochemical smog creeps back on hot, still days

| Aug 10, 2015

Photochemical smog creeps back on hot, still days

As searing hot days continue this summer, heatstroke and heat exhaustion have sent record numbers of people to hospitals. Drink lots of water, stay indoors and use air-conditioning, doctors say. But if you have irritated eyes or a sore throat, or feel dizzy or ...

Sporty but quirky, Honda's S660 is a car of contradiction

Jul 14, 2015

Sporty but quirky, Honda's S660 is a car of contradiction

Honda Motor Co.’s name may currently be tainted with the global air bag recalls, but it has proved that it remains an automaker with an attitude, launching a new, genre-defying mini sports car developed by a twenty-something pioneer. Debuted on April 2, Honda’s S660 ...