Elaine Kurtenbach

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

Japan productivity gains key to staving off decline, report says

Mar 24, 2015

Japan productivity gains key to staving off decline, report says

Japan’s future prosperity will depend on improving its lagging productivity, says a report by McKinsey Global Institute that urges companies to boost competitiveness by better use of their workers. Japan’s population of about 127 million began declining in 2011 and proportion of elderly people ...

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 ...