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Hiroko Nakata

Hiroko Nakata is a staff writer and editor at The Japan Times. She looks for what’s dynamic in the business world and what’s missing in Japanese politics. A Keio alumna with a political science degree, she formerly worked at Reuters.

For Hiroko Nakata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Typhoon Etau offers first glimpse of Minato Ward's new mudslide alert

Sep 11, 2015

Typhoon Etau offers first glimpse of Minato Ward's new mudslide alert

As Typhoon Etau ripped northward across the central part of Japan this week, residents, office workers and pedestrians in Tokyo’s Minato Ward had a surprise when their smartphones abruptly made an unfamiliar ringtone and the screen flashed an alert. The alert, “evacuation preparation information ...

Japan must tax wealthy more heavily to close income gap: Piketty

Jan 29, 2015

Japan must tax wealthy more heavily to close income gap: Piketty

To stop income inequality from growing, Japan should levy a heavier tax on big earners, said Thomas Piketty, a French economist known for his recent best-seller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” The amount of national income held by a small number of wealthy people ...

Pioneer photojournalist blazed trails for women

May 8, 2014

Pioneer photojournalist blazed trails for women

In a career stretching back to 1940, Tsuneko Sasamoto, considered the nation’s first female photojournalist, bore witness to Japan’s dramatic shift from a totalitarian regime to an economic superpower. Her subjects have ranged from impoverished citizens scratching out a living in the lean postwar ...

The age of 3-D printers has arrived, for better and worse

| Aug 26, 2013

The age of 3-D printers has arrived, for better and worse

The 3-D printer boom in the United States is spreading to Japan as prices decline, but some fear the devices could break the mold, jobwise. Electronics and automobile makers were the first here to start using 3-D printers to make product prototypes, but the ...

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Aug 19, 2013

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Umeshu Dining Myojo, a small eatery in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is growing its own herbs and leafy vegetables, including basil, mint, arugula and romaine lettuce, on site as part of a hydroponic “agripreneurism” effort. The plants are in a temperature- and water-controlled greenhouse 2½ ...