Masami Ito

Masami Ito is a staff writer who has been covering national politics since 2006. She joined The Japan Times in 2001, and she also keeps an eye on issues related to the death penalty, asylum-seekers and international parental kidnapping.

For Masami Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

State of the reunion: Evaluating the Hague pact's success

Apr 18, 2015

State of the reunion: Evaluating the Hague pact's success

As most parents know, there is nothing quite so life changing as having children. Imagine the pain a parent feels, then, if their children are taken from them. Now imagine the shock a parent feels if the person who abducted their children was their ...

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

Mar 6, 2015

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

Keisuke Jinushi was tired of seeing social-networking snapshots of his friends with their girlfriends, at weddings or with their newborn children. He was single and felt like time was slipping away for him while everyone else was happily moving on with life. He wanted ...

Apologizing in Japan: Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Feb 21, 2015

Apologizing in Japan: Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Dressed in a light-gray suit with her hair pulled back tightly into a bun, McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) Chief Executive Officer Sarah Casanova walked stiffly into a news conference on Feb. 5 and addressed a throng of reporters. “I would like to sincerely apologize, ...

'You should never hide negative information': Edano

Feb 21, 2015

'You should never hide negative information': Edano

At 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was sitting in an Upper House committee along with then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Cabinet. Without warning, the room they had gathered in began to shake violently, and looks of concern ...

Options allow Tokyo to be more accessible

Feb 7, 2015

Options allow Tokyo to be more accessible

Former anchorwoman Christel Takigawa referenced the country’s spirit of selfless hospitality in her presentation to the International Olympic Committee in 2013, a speech that helped persuade the IOC to give Japan the rights to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This hospitality, or ...