Malcolm Foster

For Malcolm Foster's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

China's growing clout felt in Niseko

Mar 9, 2011

China's growing clout felt in Niseko

NISEKO, Hokkaido — A new language can be heard on the slopes of this popular ski resort in northern Japan: Chinese. Foreign tourists and investors have flocked to scenic Niseko in recent years, giving this rural region a badly needed economic jolt. It is ...

2010 — not a good year for once-confident Japan

Dec 30, 2010

2010 — not a good year for once-confident Japan

Japan has been overtaken by China as the world’s No. 2 economy. Its flagship company, Toyota Motor Corp., recalled more than 10 million vehicles in an embarrassing safety crisis. Its fourth prime minister resigned in three years, and the government remains unable to jolt ...

Schools going back to the basics

Sep 9, 2010

Schools going back to the basics

When Mio Honzawa starts fifth grade next April, her textbooks will be thicker. Alarmed that children here are falling behind the kids in rivals such as South Korea and Hong Kong, the education ministry is adding about 1,200 pages to elementary school textbooks, bringing ...

Tax hike gambit may end up hurting DPJ

Jul 8, 2010

Tax hike gambit may end up hurting DPJ

Normally, proposing a tax hike is considered a sure way to lose an election. But Prime Minister Naoto Kan is saying that’s what Japan needs to rein in its bulging national debt in the campaign leading up to this Sunday’s Upper House election. The ...

Jan 27, 2010

Bluefin ban could put Japan in bind

Seafood-loving Japan — having faced years of international pressure to stop whaling — finds itself with a potentially bigger fight over a highly prized type of tuna that conservation groups say is being fished to extinction. A proposal to ban the export of Atlantic ...

Bush talks to Waseda about his life — in world of sports

Nov 5, 2009

Bush talks to Waseda about his life — in world of sports

Exactly a year after Barack Obama was voted in as president, his successor, George W. Bush, talked in Japan on Wednesday about his former life — in sports. Bush, a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, offered no assessment of the choices ...

A-bomb cities offer Obama invite

Oct 31, 2009

A-bomb cities offer Obama invite

A speech and a Nobel prize have raised hopes in Japan that Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki, the two cities devastated by U.S. atomic bombs in World War II. Past presidents have avoided a visit ...