Kanako Takahara

Kanako Takahara is a staff writer who has covered national politics, diplomacy, business and the economy at The Japan Times. A graduate of Sophia University, she is currently a national news editor.

For Kanako Takahara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 15, 2015

Child center stripped girls to find missing piece of paper

A child consultation center in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Tuesday it stripped eight girls naked to conduct a body search in August to look for a piece of paper that went missing earlier that day. Center officials later apologized to the girls, saying it ...

Japanese voice frustration, resignation over security shake-up

Sep 19, 2015

Japanese voice frustration, resignation over security shake-up

Members of the public interviewed in and around Tokyo on Saturday expressed disappointment and resignation following the Diet’s enactment of the security bills in the early hours. Many said the government of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had failed in its job to explain ...

'Flesh-eating disease' cases on rise in Japan

Sep 3, 2015

'Flesh-eating disease' cases on rise in Japan

The number of patients nationwide who contracted streptococcol toxic-shock syndrome (STSS) — a deadly condition popularly known as “flesh-eating disease” — reached 291 by Aug. 23, a record high, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Thursday. The infection, which is fatal in almost ...