Isabel Reynolds

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

Abe's Trump dilemma: Getting Japan to buy U.S. cars

| Jan 26, 2017

Abe's Trump dilemma: Getting Japan to buy U.S. cars

As Japan races to preserve U.S. trade ties after President Donald Trump withdrew from a Pacific trade pact, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a dilemma that has plagued Japanese leaders since the 1980s: How to convince his citizens to buy American cars? Trump singled ...

Learning to bow: Japan reluctantly opens door to foreign housemaids

Jan 10, 2017

Learning to bow: Japan reluctantly opens door to foreign housemaids

In a Japanese-style apartment, Maria Del Bago learns how to properly bow, clean traditional tatami floor-matting and decipher instructions for a high-tech toilet. But she’s not in Tokyo. She’s 3,000 km away in Manila. Del Bago, a 37-year-old computer science graduate who previously worked ...

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 ...