Hiroki Sugita

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

Mar 3, 2016

Japan's fledgling global voice

Some Japanese, irritated by the nation's lack of political influence on the global stage, are looking for ways to play a more robust role.

Sep 1, 2015

Abe's diplomacy with Putin

Japan must place top priority on its national interests in pursuing diplomacy with Russia rather than following the United States' lead.

Rakugo storyteller Sankyo honored for promoting Japanese language

Dec 18, 2014

Rakugo storyteller Sankyo honored for promoting Japanese language

Renowned “rakugo” (comic story) raconteur Yanagiya Sankyo has been honored for his commitment to spreading appreciation of the Japanese language among foreigners in Japan and overseas. He received a 2014 Japan Foundation Award, which honors people or groups who help deepen international friendship over ...

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, ...