Isabel Reynolds

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

Japan's first lady offers critics a household hotline to Abe

Dec 5, 2016

Japan's first lady offers critics a household hotline to Abe

With high approval ratings stoking speculation that Shinzo Abe could become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister in recent history, he faces the risk of becoming complacent. Enter Akie Abe, his wife of 29 years. The 54-year-old daughter of a confectionery magnate is known as “the ...

Nov 26, 2016

Japan moves closer to deployment of U.S. missile defense shield

Japan moved closer to the introduction of a U.S. anti-ballistic missile shield, with Defense Minister Tomomi Inada saying such systems would strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities. “We are investigating future systems for intercepting missiles,” Inada told reporters Friday in Tokyo. The government doesn’t have a ...

Abe eyes India to cement high-speed rail dominance over China

Nov 11, 2016

Abe eyes India to cement high-speed rail dominance over China

In the strategic rivalry between Japan and China, high-speed rail contracts are one of the best ways to project power. And no Asian country offers more opportunities than India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday night, almost ...

Namie radiation evacuees fear return

Oct 26, 2016

Namie radiation evacuees fear return

Weed-engulfed buildings and shuttered businesses paint an eerie picture of a coastal Japanese town abandoned after a monstrous earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns in the Fukushima nuclear plant. Namie, one of the communities hardest hit by the 2011 disaster, had 21,000 residents before they ...

As Japan's population slides, one mayor wrestles with overcrowding

Jul 6, 2016

As Japan's population slides, one mayor wrestles with overcrowding

As Japan’s population shrinks and ages, some rural communities are in danger of extinction. Yet in Tokyo, one mayor has the opposite problem. Packed trains, overcrowded schools and the country’s longest waiting lists for preschool care are the norm in Setagaya, the most populous ...