Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Eyeing demographic shift, banks step up English services

May 18, 2017

Eyeing demographic shift, banks step up English services

When starting out in a new country, having a bank account is essential, but choosing a bank can be difficult without being familiar with banking systems or speaking the local language. For that reason, some Japanese banks are beefing up services aimed at English-speaking ...

Aomori city sees bitcoin as way to attract overseas tourists

May 2, 2017

Aomori city sees bitcoin as way to attract overseas tourists

The castle city of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, has moved into the digital currency age with the launch of a project to use bitcoin to lure international travelers and preserve the city’s historic attractions, an apparent first by a Japanese municipality using a cryptocurrency. The ...

Urban Japan trying its hand at bicycle-sharing

| May 1, 2017

Urban Japan trying its hand at bicycle-sharing

The so-called sharing economy has spread to a variety of fields such as cars and homes, and Japan has seen another rising trend in recent years — bicycles. A growing number of municipalities and private firms are providing bikes to gauge whether such services ...