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:

'Sextortion' warning after victim targeted by crime ring

Jun 25, 2015

'Sextortion' warning after victim targeted by crime ring

Users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Line are accustomed to receiving a “friend” request or a message from an unfamiliar contact. Most people ignore them, but the few who respond may need to think twice before pushing the send button. Cases ...

Gulf spill veteran offers fishing advice to Tohoku

May 29, 2015

Gulf spill veteran offers fishing advice to Tohoku

Traceability was key to easing consumer fears after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and that could offer Tohoku’s struggling fishermen a way to deal with the Fukushima nuclear disaster, says the Texas fisherman who took the initiative in ...

| May 11, 2011

Hamaoka impact will be far-flung

The decision by Chubu Electric Power Co. to shut down the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture is testament to the long-lasting and far-reaching impact of the March 11 megaquake. In fact, the shutdown, decided Monday, may signal an inevitable shift away from ...

May 5, 2011

Workers set to enter reactor 1 building

Eight workers are scheduled to be the first to enter the reactor 1 building of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since it was ripped apart by a hydrogen blast the day after the March 11 tsunami, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said ...

Tight-lipped Tepco lays bare exclusivity of press clubs

May 3, 2011

Tight-lipped Tepco lays bare exclusivity of press clubs

It was a shocking revelation for a majority of the people in Japan, but maybe not so for major media organizations. Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted in a news conference on March 30 that on the 11th, the day the ...

May 3, 2011

Diet budgets ¥4 trillion for rebuilding

The Diet enacted a ¥4.15 trillion supplementary budget Monday aimed at funding immediate efforts to rebuild from the March 11 disasters after the House of Councilors unanimously passed it at a plenary session. A separate bill also cleared the Upper House that allows the ...

Evacuation zone to be widened

Apr 23, 2011

Evacuation zone to be widened

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government on Friday instructed parts of Fukushima Prefecture outside the 20-km no-go zone around the crippled No. 1 nuclear plant to evacuate by the end of May, saying that cumulative radiation levels may pose a health risk to residents. The ...

Apr 23, 2011

Waterproof camera set to probe pool in No. 4

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will use a waterproof camera to see if the fuel rods in its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reactor 4′s spent-fuel storage pool are damaged. Tepco hopes to learn the status of the spent fuel, which, along ...