Masaaki Kameda

Masaaki Kameda is a staff writer for The Japan Times since April 2013, covering education and the metropolitan government. He previously worked for The Japan Times ST, a weekly paper for English learners. His interests include taking photographs and exercising.

For Masaaki Kameda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 28, 2014

Nearly a third of companies facing worker shortfall: survey

About a third of Japanese companies with at least 30 workers are facing a shortage of part-time or full-time staff, according to the results of a recent survey by Recruit Works Institute, and many employers see little hope of fixing the problem. The findings ...

Jul 28, 2014

Tokyo government seeks public input on Shinagawa development plan

The public is being invited to weigh in on the plans for developing a 630-hectare area around Shinagawa Station in Tokyo into a hub for business and international exchanges. The capital is responding to increasingly fierce competition from other Asian cities such as Singapore ...

Jul 25, 2014

Yamaha releases app that 'translates' engine sounds

First came the dog-interpretation gadget, Bowlingual. Now a Japanese company is offering humans a way to understand another nonhuman species: engines. Major motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co. released on Wednesday the Rev Translator app, which supposedly translates engine sounds into Japanese. The company is ...

Keikyu using new app for foreign visitors

Jul 16, 2014

Keikyu using new app for foreign visitors

Keikyu Corp., a major private railway serving the Tokyo area, began trial operations Wednesday for a service in which staff members use tablet computers to translate information for customers in 27 languages. Employees at the Keikyu Line’s stations in Shinagawa and Haneda Airport International ...

Jul 16, 2014

Industry internships a hit with teachers

A record number of school teachers will participate in a summer internship program offered by businesses, highlighting educators’ growing interest in gaining experience outside the classroom, according to figures released on Tuesday. The number of teachers from elementary, junior high and senior high schools ...

Jul 15, 2014

Backlog of orders, savvy marketing stave off carmaker crisis

A backlog of orders as well as concerted marketing efforts by carmakers have minimized the impact from April’s consumption tax hike on sales between April and June — but there are still concerns about sales volume after July, the chairman of the nation’s automaker ...

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Jul 11, 2014

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Some 80 Tohoku teenagers in an OECD-supported educational project will hold a cultural festival in Paris in August to express gratitude to those who supported the region’s recovery, student representatives said Friday. At an education ministry press conference in Tokyo, three students who outlined ...

National Stadium canopy has design flaw, architect says

Jul 8, 2014

National Stadium canopy has design flaw, architect says

The planned replacement for Tokyo’s National Stadium — already under fire for its massive size and cost — is now facing further criticism: safety. The current design has a major flaw in its retractable canopy, says Tokyo architect Takashi Moriyama, a consultant on public ...