Megumi Iizuka

For Megumi Iizuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nuke-shy firms launch green energy initiatives

Mar 3, 2014

Nuke-shy firms launch green energy initiatives

Moves by businesses and citizens to set up renewable energy plants at the regional level have been spreading in the hope of breaking away from nuclear power in light of the man-made disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 plant triggered by the March 2011 ...

Feb 18, 2014

Mitsubishi Motors workers in line for raise

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. President Osamu Masuko says the automaker is considering raising employees’ pay and also resuming dividend payments for the first time in over 16 years in fiscal 2013, reflecting its recovery from a decade of slumping sales. Asked during a recent interview ...

Traffickers hunt Japanese too, activists warn

Dec 27, 2013

Traffickers hunt Japanese too, activists warn

Sri took what appeared to be a lucrative job offer at a Thai restaurant in Japan to earn money to put her younger brother through school. But she never imagined upon arriving from Thailand that she would find herself bound to her broker by ...

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

Oct 25, 2013

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity. Mohammad Mawaheb Seraj Eddin, ...

| May 12, 2013

Yen's fall heaven-sent for Tokyo stock prices

Tokyo stocks have surged to multiyear highs on the back of the yen’s tumble, brought on by the Bank of Japan’s powerful credit easing measures and hopes of a sustainable recovery in the U.S. Analysts believe the stock rally will continue over the long ...

Feb 4, 2013

'Abenomics' buoys stocks but fuels wariness

Tokyo stocks have surged over the past 2½ months, propelled to their highest in 33 months by monetary and fiscal stimulus measures being advocated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and receding jitters over the global economy. While many market analysts predict the Tokyo market ...

Tour, food firms see benefits in catering to Muslim clients

Dec 26, 2012

Tour, food firms see benefits in catering to Muslim clients

Seeking new opportunities in a global market said to be worth over $600 billion, Japanese food and tourism businesses are turning their eyes to Muslim consumers and starting to offer food and other products and services that follow the Islamic rules of halal. In ...

Fear of radiation creeping south

Mar 23, 2012

Fear of radiation creeping south

Lingering concerns about radiation a year into the Fukushima nuclear crisis have prompted people even as far away as the Tokyo area, some 100 to 250 km from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, to move away. Mamiko Joosten, who has lived for seven ...