Kazuaki Nagata

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

Fans rally behind Nishikori despite loss

Sep 9, 2014

Fans rally behind Nishikori despite loss

Despite a disappointing loss for Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final Tuesday in New York, Japanese fans rallied behind the young tennis star, saying that his improbable run to the final will be a valuable experience for him. Nishikori’s loss “was of course ...

New METI chief Obuchi rules out new nuclear power plants

Sep 4, 2014

New METI chief Obuchi rules out new nuclear power plants

Newly appointed trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi on Thursday ruled out the construction of new nuclear power plants anytime soon. “Safety checks of existing nuclear plants are being conducted now, so I’m not expecting to see new plants built at this point,” the ...

DeNA, Yahoo Japan turn to DNA analysis

Aug 27, 2014

DeNA, Yahoo Japan turn to DNA analysis

Genomics has been progressing at an impressive pace in recent years, inspiring expectations that it will someday become an essential part of medical care. Two Japanese Internet firms, DeNA Co. and Yahoo Japan Corp., believe that future is just around the corner and are ...

Aug 21, 2014

Docomo to test paid Wi-Fi service geared to foreigners

NTT Docomo Inc. announced Wednesday that it’s launching a paid wireless Internet service geared to foreign visitors at its 150,000 Wi-Fi access points across Japan. Japan’s top mobile carrier will offer two plans on a trial basis starting Thursday. One costs ¥900 for a ...

Instant camera gets mojo back with cute focus, Korean push

Aug 14, 2014

Instant camera gets mojo back with cute focus, Korean push

Digital cameras and smartphones have become so pervasive that many people think film cameras are now fit only for antique collectors. Fujifilm Corp., however, is bucking the trend, successfully targeting young female consumers with its Instax instant camera series, better known as Cheki in ...