Isabel Reynolds

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

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 ...

DP urges BOJ to abandon negative interest rates

Jun 8, 2016

DP urges BOJ to abandon negative interest rates

The Bank of Japan should ditch its negative interest rate policy because it is spreading unease among savers and small companies, the main opposition party said a month ahead of an Upper House election. Shiori Yamao, 41, a former public prosecutor turned policy chief ...