Masako Tsubuku

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

A rise in vacancies won't mean drops in rent

| Jul 2, 2016

A rise in vacancies won't mean drops in rent

According to the June 11 issue of Nikkan Gendai, the vacancy rate for rental properties in the 23 wards of Tokyo is currently 33.7 percent, while in surrounding prefectures, it’s even higher: 35.5 percent in Kanagawa and 34.1 percent in Chiba. One real estate ...

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 ...