Isabel Reynolds

For Isabel Reynolds's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Daddy's girl' Obuchi to oversee nuclear industry

Sep 4, 2014

'Daddy's girl' Obuchi to oversee nuclear industry

Yuko Obuchi, the 40-year-old daughter of the late Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, was Wednesday appointed as the first female trade and industry minister, one of five women Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named to his new Cabinet. As minister of economy, trade and industry, Obuchi ...

Foreign domestics seen as aiding working mothers

May 20, 2014

Foreign domestics seen as aiding working mothers

Noriko Hitotsumatsu, a bilingual research pharmacologist with a master’s from Cambridge University, considers herself lucky to have a part-time job in a Tokyo pharmacy after shelving her career to raise two daughters in one of the world’s most work-oriented countries. “I was determined to ...

Abe exploiting window for biggest defense change since war

Feb 12, 2014

Abe exploiting window for biggest defense change since war

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pressed by China and seeking to strengthen ties with the U.S., is considering Japan’s biggest change in military engagement rules since World War II. Barred by the traditional interpretation of the pacifist Constitution from protecting other nations’ troops, the 59-year-old ...

Abe gets Toyota, Hitachi help in push for wage gains

Dec 9, 2013

Abe gets Toyota, Hitachi help in push for wage gains

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged companies to increase wages faster than gains in the cost of living to break the legacy of 15 years of deflation, and praised Toyota Motor Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. for pledging to help. “What we want is for wages ...

Abe betting this tax hike will be different

Sep 30, 2013

Abe betting this tax hike will be different

It’s different this time. The four most dangerous words in markets, according to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. With the consumption tax set to be raised for the first time since 1997, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political future rides on a different outcome ...

Beach-storming drill in U.S. hones SDF amphibious edge

Jul 16, 2013

Beach-storming drill in U.S. hones SDF amphibious edge

One thousand members of the Self-Defense Forces have been learning how to recapture territory in the face of enemy fire, and while the shoreline may be California’s, the skills they are building could one day be used closer to home. During the two-week Dawn ...