Kazuaki Nagata

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

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

May 20, 2015

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters. Representatives attending Japan’s first major industry exhibition Wednesday said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor ...

Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

May 18, 2015

Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

Smartphones have spread rapidly in Japan in recent years, but there still seems to be strong demand for feature phones, or so-called “Galapagos” phones, according to recent data. The domestic mobile phone market has been described as the “Galapagos Islands” because handsets come with ...

May 8, 2015

Toyota posts record profit but sells fewer vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. posted record sales and net profit for fiscal 2014 on Friday, thanks to the weakened yen and cost-cutting efforts at the world’s largest automaker. Sales for the business year that ended in March amounted to ¥27.2 trillion, up 6 percent from ...

Toshima Ward Office, residents to share new high-rise

May 5, 2015

Toshima Ward Office, residents to share new high-rise

Visitors to the new Toshima Ward Office in Tokyo may wonder why it’s housed in a super high-rise when it opens Thursday. In fact, the ward office only occupies the first nine floors of the 49-story skyscraper. Residential dwellings account for the rest. It’s ...