Keisuke Iwata

For Keisuke Iwata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Women's group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

Mar 24, 2014

Women's group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

It was the taste of fresh tomatoes, corn and figs delivered from her father that persuaded Nahoko Niwa to wind up her eventful urban life and become a farmer. The freshness and taste of local produce is also what led the 34-year-old professional model ...

Tsunami-hit fishermen tap Net to regroup

Mar 10, 2014

Tsunami-hit fishermen tap Net to regroup

Kazuki Suzuki, a 32-year-old oyster farmer from Ishinomaki, a city washed off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been marketing his produce through his Yahoo! page for about a year now. He is just one of a ...

Tourism industry woos Asian Muslims

Nov 25, 2013

Tourism industry woos Asian Muslims

Local-level authorities are stepping up efforts to attract Muslim tourists to their holiday spots as Japan becomes a prime destination for the growing middle-class population of Southeast Asia. Their efforts center on promoting local businesses’ understanding of the religion’s customs, including dietary habits and ...

AirAsia inn woos foreigners to Naha

Oct 28, 2013

AirAsia inn woos foreigners to Naha

A budget hotel chain affiliated with Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia is seeking to draw Southeast Asian tourists to Japan after opening its first hotel in the country in August. The Tune Hotels chain opened the 140-room hotel in Okinawa after refurbishing an existing facility ...