Noriyuki Suzuki

For Noriyuki Suzuki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 14, 2014

Medical interpreters discuss goal for 2020 Olympics

Giving patients equal access to medical treatment is easier said than done, especially when foreign patients are involved. And with Japan set to host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, addressing the challenge has taken on greater significance. Despite an expected rise in ...

Secrecy law creates ruckus over guidelines

| Sep 22, 2014

Secrecy law creates ruckus over guidelines

With less than three months to go until the contentious secrecy law takes effect in December, Japan faces the daunting task of finding the right balance between national security and the public’s right to know. The law will toughen the penalties for leaking state ...

Japan working with foreign coast guards for safer seas

Jul 31, 2014

Japan working with foreign coast guards for safer seas

When Japan makes its case for the rule of law and tries to ensure maritime security, the spotlight often falls on its Self-Defense Forces, an “armed organization” whose use of force is strictly limited under the pacifist Constitution. But no less important is the ...

Abe move triggers rethink of military's role

| Jul 16, 2014

Abe move triggers rethink of military's role

For university student Yui Iwamuro, the U.S. Camp Zama near Tokyo is the closest she has gotten to anything military. She’s one of many young students and adults who consider war, or the prospect of Japan going to war, as something distant, improbable and ...

Okinawa: resort island or battle zone?

| May 9, 2014

Okinawa: resort island or battle zone?

Okinawa residents may be starting to wonder what the future holds in Japan’s new security landscape and whether their prefecture, with its heavy U.S. military presence, will be the front line of defense against China. As Japan is set to debate whether to lift ...

Gadgets open window to bilingual medical services

Apr 17, 2014

Gadgets open window to bilingual medical services

Language barriers can be life-threatening when you get sick in a foreign country and don’t know how to explain it to your doctor. Your heart is beating fast, your palms are getting sweaty and breathing is labored. You know you have probably come down ...