Noriyuki Suzuki

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

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 ...

Abe takes aim at pacifist Constitution

Jan 22, 2014

Abe takes aim at pacifist Constitution

The pacifist credo that has given modern Japan its distinctive security framework is moving increasingly into the spotlight as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to shake up the postwar regime. Dissatisfied with the restrictions imposed by the Constitution, Abe aims to implement changes to ...

Abe's play for secrecy law

Oct 26, 2013

Abe's play for secrecy law

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is striving to protect state secrets by stiffening the penalties for leakers in a new law touted as a pillar of his envisioned security framework. With the focus on how Tokyo will address public criticism about tightening control over government ...

Abe uses U.N. stage to push more proactive security role

| Sep 28, 2013

Abe uses U.N. stage to push more proactive security role

Delivering his message to a global audience at the United Nations last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined his vision of Japan as a pacifist nation willing to engage more actively in international security. Abe told the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York ...

Dec 30, 2010

Year of Rabbit may see Nikkei, dollar jump

If history is any guide, the stock market may perform solidly in 2011, the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese lunar calendar, with the dollar gaining against the yen as the U.S. economy moves toward recovery. The 225-issue Nikkei stock index will ...

Mar 25, 2010

A 17-year quest to prove Sugaya innocent

ASHIKAGA, Tochigi Pref. — Itoko Nishimaki felt something was wrong when she learned that a kindergarten bus driver like herself once admitted, and then denied, that he had kidnapped and killed a 4-year-old girl. That feeling stayed with her and became the driving force ...