Hiroki Noda

For Hiroki Noda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Science Club leaving schools behind

Dec 29, 2013

Science Club leaving schools behind

Mio Kawamura spends much of his free time differently than his elementary school classmates. Instead of learning piano or English, or practicing popular sports like baseball and soccer, science lessons have become a hobby for this 8-year-old infatuated with the enigma of space. “Science ...

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

Dec 10, 2013

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

An initiative has been launched to modernize Myanmar’s postal system by introducing Japan’s fast, efficient and precise services, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revitalization plans featuring exports of advanced technologies and services, especially to developing countries in Asia. Though the two ...

Sep 9, 2013

12 publishers to push tablets for classrooms

In a move toward full-scale digitization of education, 12 textbook publishers plan to develop a common platform for using tablet devices in classrooms. With the help of Hitachi Solutions Ltd., the 12 companies want as many schools as possible to be able to use ...

Jan 1, 2013

Yen-negative factors to drive Tokyo stocks in '13

Tokyo stocks will likely test multiyear highs in 2013 if the yen continues its recent downward trend on expectations for monetary easing from the Abe government and continued signs of recovery in major economies. Market analysts predict the Nikkei stock average, which broke the ...

Dog lovers, urban explorers find a welcome at foot of Skytree

May 26, 2012

Dog lovers, urban explorers find a welcome at foot of Skytree

Tokyo Skytree appears well on the way to becoming the latest gathering place for dog lovers, not to mention people who want to explore the capital’s traditional “shitamachi” old downtown district. Net Work Co. has its Dog Dept brand apparel store and a dog-friendly ...

May 12, 2012

Taniguchi opens up three-shot lead at Japan PGA

Seasoned veteran Toru Taniguchi didn’t feel like he had an under-par round but still posted a 2-under 70 Friday to take a three-shot lead at the halfway point of the Japan PGA Championship. Taniguchi, who counts three majors among his 17 JGTO Tour wins, ...

May 11, 2012

Taniguchi takes lead into clubhouse at Japan PGA

Toru Taniguchi held the clubhouse lead with a 7-under 65 on Thursday as the opening round of the Japan PGA Championship was suspended by darkness. Taniguchi, the 2010 winner of the major tournament on the Japanese tour, made seven birdies without a bogey at ...

Utsumi leads Giants in shutout of Tigers

Apr 30, 2012

Utsumi leads Giants in shutout of Tigers

Tetsuya Utsumi had a memorable 30th birthday by pitching seven scoreless innings to lead the Yomiuri Giants to a 2-0 win over the Hanshin Tigers on Sunday. Utsumi (2-3) combined with two relievers on an eight-hit shutout at Tokyo Dome as the once-struggling Giants ...