Hiroki Sugita

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

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Jan 15, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now ...

Beautician dreams of promoting makeup for corpses on global stage

Jun 14, 2013

Beautician dreams of promoting makeup for corpses on global stage

Beautician Teruko Kobayashi promotes makeup for the deceased to make them look their best for the big send-off, believing she can offer mourning families a peaceful final moment with their dead loved ones. Kobayashi, 78, who authored the book “Shiniyuku Hito eno Kesho” (“Makeup ...

Nov 21, 2007

USIS role revealed in Japan's tilt toward West

The United States waged a secret propaganda campaign in Japan through films, radio programs and intellectuals during the 1950s in an effort to keep the nation from leaving the Western bloc, a recently found report shows. The “Report on USIS-Japan,” written by Mark May, ...

Aug 14, 2007

Hiroshima, Nagasaki sobered Japan's A-bomb project head

One glance at the run-down block in central Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward may suggest nothing but derelict industry, easily passed by, but in reality it is where Japan engaged in its own abortive version of the Manhattan Project. The nondescript buildings belie this little known ...

Armitage says next prime minister should engage Beijing

Sep 5, 2006

Armitage says next prime minister should engage Beijing

The next prime minister should visit Asia first thing and promote dialogue with China in such areas as energy to improve ties, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in a recent interview. “The most important thing is we need a Japan ...

May 27, 2004

U.S. election may impact nuclear policy

Reverberations from the U.S. presidential election in November and debate over Washington’s nuclear nonproliferation policy may be felt in Japan. In February, President George W. Bush announced a policy banning North Korea and several other countries from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel and enriching uranium, ...

May 27, 2004

U.S. election may impact nuclear policy

Reverberations from the U.S. presidential election in November and debate over Washington’s nuclear nonproliferation policy may be felt in Japan. In February, President George W. Bush announced a policy banning North Korea and several other countries from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel and enriching uranium, ...