Masako Tsubuku

For Masako Tsubuku's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

There's no hiding in Japan's toilets

| Jun 4, 2016

There's no hiding in Japan's toilets

When it comes to toilets, Japan presents several paradoxes. On the one hand, public toilets are ubiquitous, easy to access and, for the most part, quite clean. On the other hand, they can also be primitive, or at least to a Western sensibility. Though ...

Yukarigaoka proves 'new towns' can age well

| Apr 30, 2016

Yukarigaoka proves 'new towns' can age well

Tama, in western Tokyo, is currently trying to find a way to rehabilitate Parthenon Tama, the city’s public cultural complex. During headier times, Parthenon hosted world-famous classical musicians and theater companies, and in addition to a large auditorium and a small auditorium, it contains ...

The changing values behind school uniforms

| Apr 23, 2016

The changing values behind school uniforms

Japan and China depend on each other economically, but not necessarily in an equal way. Sometimes slight changes in commercial prospects in China can have a profound effect on Japan, or, at least, more of an effect that people realize. Earlier this month, the ...

Low interest rates cause spike in refinancing

| Apr 2, 2016

Low interest rates cause spike in refinancing

It has been more than a month since the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates in its bid to revitalize the economy. For consumers, the rate change is a mixed blessing. Obviously, interest on deposits will not go up any time soon, but ...