Elaine Kurtenbach

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

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession kicks in

Nov 25, 2014

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession kicks in

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan’s surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country’s economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could ...

U.S. POWs come back to Japan, recall their wartime ordeals

Oct 20, 2014

U.S. POWs come back to Japan, recall their wartime ordeals

The prisoners of war held in Tokyo’s Omori POW camp saw some of the most horrific destruction during the last months of World War II, as American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs that obliterated much of the city. But in those hungry times, they ...

Legacy of Tiananmen looms over Hong Kong protests

Oct 6, 2014

Legacy of Tiananmen looms over Hong Kong protests

The legacy of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square looms larger in Hong Kong than in mainland China, where the Communist Party has virtually erased all public mention of it. In this former British colony, hundreds of thousands attend candlelight vigils each anniversary to ...

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 ...