Ray K. Tsuchiyama

For Ray K. Tsuchiyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

There but for fortune ...

Sep 25, 2011

There but for fortune ...

On Sept. 26, 1954, the passenger ferry Toya Maru, 7-year-old pride of the Japanese Railways-owned fleet plying the cold blue waters of the Tsugaru Straits between Hokkaido and northern Honshu, sank in a typhoon with the loss of more than 1,200 lives. Barely 150 ...

May 2, 2010

Between Japan and America: time, space and remembrance

About a century ago, my grandfather departed economically depressed Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu for Hawaii, followed by my grandmother. Then came the birth of two sons, the younger my father, on the island of Maui. My grandfather believed that his children’s ...

Oct 19, 2009

Pulling out all the stops for an Olympic bid

In an alternative universe, here’s how Japan might have won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2016 with a glowing pitch to the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in Copenhagen. Japan’s presentation for its Olympic bid began with a refugee girl tearfully thanking ...

Oct 15, 2009

Japan can learn from Silicon Valley

With unemployment figures reaching their highest level in the post-World War II era, the Japanese economy shows no sign of a Silicon Valley-like resurgence that could give hope to the unemployed or to “zombie” corporations that have no customers for their products and no ...