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For Kyoko Hasegawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Resurgent right hounds Asahi, liberal media

Dec 11, 2014

Resurgent right hounds Asahi, liberal media

A chill wind is blowing through the media as a resurgent right pressures the country’s liberal voices in what analysts say is a threat to democracy as voters head to the polls for a general election. Cheered on by fringe groups, the mainstream right-wing ...

Australia trade deal offers Japan leverage in TPP

Apr 12, 2014

Australia trade deal offers Japan leverage in TPP

Shinzo Abe’s success in signing a free trade deal with Australia proves Japan’s prime minister can bend the once-powerful farm sector to his will, experts say, offering leverage against U.S. claims of intransigence in a wider pan-Pacific deal. Tokyo looks set to make the ...

Mar 25, 2014

Shoppers splash out before next week's sales tax rise

Tokyo resident Reiko Oguma is splashing out in a last-minute buying spree as she and millions of shoppers brace for the first sales tax hike since the late 1990s. Oguma, a housewife in her 40s, reckoned there was no time to lose so she ...

Video games target Japan's growing silver generation

Mar 6, 2014

Video games target Japan's growing silver generation

At a nursing home in suburban Tokyo, 88-year-old Saburo Sakamoto darts his fingers energetically to catch characters that appear on a touch screen in front of him. Peals of laughter erupt from the other side of the room full of octogenarians as they wallop ...

Nintendo desperate for a power-up

| Jan 31, 2014

Nintendo desperate for a power-up

There was a time when wherever Super Mario Brothers went, the gaming world followed, but an industry that has moved on in leaps and bounds since then just shrugged at the latest reset by Nintendo this week. A vague plan announced Thursday to reboot ...

Crowdfunding tapped for antinuclear movie

Nov 29, 2013

Crowdfunding tapped for antinuclear movie

Film director Takafumi Ota had a problem. He needed studio financing for a film that was harshly critical of the nuclear power industry after Fukushima disaster started, but no one was interested in funding his project the traditional way. Large sections of Japan’s movie ...

Japan's gaming market a world apart

Sep 24, 2013

Japan's gaming market a world apart

The latest version of the blockbuster video game “Grand Theft Auto” may have stoked a worldwide buying frenzy, but the ultraviolent offering is likely to be a minnow in Japan’s vast gaming market. Shoot-em-up video games from abroad often struggle to gain traction here, ...