Keisuke Okada

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

Push to replace Tokyo's aging expressways with tunnel routes revived

Mar 17, 2012

Push to replace Tokyo's aging expressways with tunnel routes revived

A once-shelved project to bury Tokyo’s expressway network, which is now aging, deep underground is finding new life, in part because of last year’s devastating Tohoku quake and tsunami. The “Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway Renewal Plan” was initially pushed by entrepreneurs six years ago but ...

Companies going all-out in English

Nov 20, 2010

Companies going all-out in English

Enhancing employee English-language skills has become a high-priority management challenge for Japanese corporations, regardless of their size and industry. This is especially true for companies whose survival hinges on developing new customers or clients in foreign markets. They are focusing in particular on fast-growing ...

Dec 12, 2009

Keio University president wants education funding untouched

resort to emergency short-term measures to address the critical employment situation, The question is how to create jobs,” he said. Employment springs from production, Seike said, stressing that no business hires for charity. “They employ people to produce goods and services. I mean that ...

Education system still effective, valid model

Sep 12, 2009

Education system still effective, valid model

Japan can contribute proactively to the rest of the world, especially developing countries, in the field of education through stepped-up exchanges of students and teachers, a senior educator believes. At home, Japan’s creaky schooling system is under fire as a cause of its social ...

Activist preaches global education

Aug 22, 2009

Activist preaches global education

Given the current global racial and religious tensions, it may sound utopian to envision a world in which people of diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds live in peace and harmony by honoring the differences of others. For Ikuko Atsumi, however, this is not a ...

Crisis management lacking: experts

Jul 23, 2009

Crisis management lacking: experts

Japan has a reputation abroad as a country whose government, corporations and citizens are fully prepared for natural and man-made catastrophes after the bitter lessons of the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and the Kobe earthquake, both in 1995, as well ...

International school built to serve

Apr 11, 2009

International school built to serve

Early last year, Masayasu Kano, a seasoned schoolteacher, quit his local private high school to take on a new challenge. He had only a couple years left until retirement. The challenge was to create a world-class international school for the children of foreign nationals ...

Mar 10, 2009

Think tank calls for common Asian currency

Japan should take political initiatives to achieve an Asian monetary unification in the 2030s that supplements, if not replaces, the current fragile international economic and financial system, a semigovernmental think tank said in a report released Monday. The U.S. alone can no longer resolve ...