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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:

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 ...

Businesswomen assemble in Odaiba to close gender gap

Aug 8, 2013

Businesswomen assemble in Odaiba to close gender gap

Hundreds of working women from Hokkaido to Okinawa gathered at the 18th International Conference for Women in Business in Tokyo’s Odaiba district to discuss ways to close Japan’s huge gender gap and help women play bigger roles in the workforce. As the government plays ...

Electric scooter with iPhone connection unveiled

Jul 10, 2013

Electric scooter with iPhone connection unveiled

Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday an electric scooter that can be linked to an iPhone to display driving information, with an eye to emerging markets. Mass production, the first of its kind for bikes with a smartphone connection, will begin in December in Vietnam ...

Jun 28, 2013

Cerberus impasse with Seibu appears set to drag on

How the public battle between U.S. private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management L.P. and Seibu Holdings Inc. over management of the struggling railway and hotel operator remains unclear even after the Seibu shareholders’ meeting Tuesday. Experts and industry insiders say that if talks between ...