Elaine Kurtenbach

For Elaine Kurtenbach's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sexist views dent Abe's push for women's rights

Jun 28, 2014

Sexist views dent Abe's push for women's rights

Japanese newspapers splashed front-page photos this week of a Tokyo assemblyman bowing deeply to a female colleague after admitting that he had heckled her with a sexist remark. The uproar over the rude comments aimed at Ayaka Shiomura by some male lawmakers reflects both ...

| Jun 12, 2014

Mitsubishi eyes bid for Alstom turbine unit

The possible bid by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the turbine businesses of French engineering firm Alstom is part of Japanese efforts to carve out a share of the lucrative global energy infrastructure business. Mitsubishi Heavy and German rival Siemens AG said Wednesday they are ...

Which stadium is best for Tokyo 2020?

Jun 6, 2014

Which stadium is best for Tokyo 2020?

As Tokyo prepares to demolish the half-century old stadium that hosted the first Olympics in Asia, debate is raging over whether the colossal, futuristic replacement planned for the 2020 Games will help revitalize the capital or indelibly mar it. Tokyo, the frenetic center of ...

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

Apr 5, 2014

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

National The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan’s efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. The government-funded Riken ...

Abe faces challenge of broadening recovery's reach

Feb 19, 2014

Abe faces challenge of broadening recovery's reach

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ticked off the easy items on his to-do list for economic revival. Flashy indicators show that factories are churning out more cars and electronics. Corporate profits are up. Stock prices have surged 30 percent in the past year. Despite ...

Swiss chocolatier opens Gunma line

Nov 19, 2013

Swiss chocolatier opens Gunma line

The opening of a Swiss-owned chocolate factory northwest of Tokyo is a small but sweet milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s crusade to lure foreign investment to Japan after decades of keeping local industries protected from outside competition. Zurich-based cocoa and chocolates maker Barry ...

Banks vow mob-loans cleanup

Nov 16, 2013

Banks vow mob-loans cleanup

Japanese banks are pledging more stringent efforts to halt loans to organized crime after an investigation at Mizuho, the country’s second-biggest bank, led to disclosures of mob links throughout the banking industry. Lawmakers grilled bank executives and government officials, including Finance Minister Taro Aso, ...

Japan hopes Toyoda can clean tainted image

Feb 22, 2010

Japan hopes Toyoda can clean tainted image

Japan is looking to Toyota President Akio Toyoda’s appearance before U.S. lawmakers this week to help burnish an image marred by a flood of recalls — and to prevent grievances over the issue from fanning broader political tensions. With his company facing the worst ...

Recalls nonissue in lifeline growth markets

Feb 20, 2010

Recalls nonissue in lifeline growth markets

Toyota Motor Corp. is stricken by massive recalls in the U.S. and stalled sales at home, but it is not without a lifeline — big, fast-growing markets like China and Southeast Asia, where drivers seem unfazed by what is troubling consumers in the West. ...