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Rob Gilhooly

Rob Gilhooly is an award-winning British photographer and writer whose work has appeared in publications around the globe, including the Guardian and New Scientist. He was formerly a staff writer at the Japan Times and has contributed as a freelance since 2002. In 2004, he obtained an MA in journalism. His website can be found at www.japanphotojournalist.com

For Rob Gilhooly's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mercury rising: Niigata struggles to bury its Minamata ghosts

Jun 13, 2015

Mercury rising: Niigata struggles to bury its Minamata ghosts

The first thing Koichi Hirota noticed about Komatsu Hoshiyama was that he could not walk in a straight line. As the young neurologist proceeded with his examination in the cramped, sparse ward inside Niigata University Hospital, other symptoms became apparent: The 55-year-old Hoshiyama’s body ...

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

Apr 25, 2015

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

The world’s leading zoo organization announces it has lost patience with Japan’s continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspends its Japanese member from its roster.

Japan bucks trend: Captive dolphin biz big

Jul 26, 2013

Japan bucks trend: Captive dolphin biz big

Despite an international trend taking the opposite tack, the number of aquariums in Japan is growing and sales of dolphins continue to flourish, results of an independent study have revealed. Animal welfare groups Elsa Nature Conservancy and Help Animals have collated data from official ...

Taiji dolphin cull inhumane: study

Apr 16, 2013

Taiji dolphin cull inhumane: study

From a cliff above the tiny cove, a stocky, bald man could be seen between tightly drawn lengths of green tarpaulin, a metal rod in one hand, and something long, black and smooth wriggling helplessly under the other. Suddenly, the waters come alive with ...

'Cheating' robot poses tech and ethical issues

| Sep 16, 2012

'Cheating' robot poses tech and ethical issues

Like a child eagerly trying to win some trading cards during a playground huddle, I scrunch up my fingers behind my back before unleashing my hand in time-honored fashion with the Japanese phrase: “Saisho wa gu, janken … pon!” Me: paper. Opponent: scissors. Result: ...

Exoskeletons await in work/care closet

Jun 17, 2012

Exoskeletons await in work/care closet

There are friendly smiles on the faces of the engineering students peering past their PCs and half-finished gadget designs in the Tokyo lab as I try to lift 40 kg of rice. Normally I’d worry about impending humiliation, but today I’m confident my ego ...

Catastrophe revisited 12 months on

Mar 11, 2012

Catastrophe revisited 12 months on

The Ground Self-Defense Force troops have gone. So too the old blackboard with sheets of paper taped to it. I still remember a few of the names written in long lists there — the names of those whose muddied bodies could be identified after ...

Island fortresses floated for Tohoku

Mar 6, 2012

Island fortresses floated for Tohoku

The idea of building raised stadium-size “islands” to accommodate tsunami-ravaged communities might sound like a bad joke, but that’s exactly what one architect is urging devastated towns in Tohoku to consider. Keiichiro Sako of Sako Architects has formulated a blueprint incorporating groups of such ...

Fukushima farming hard row to hoe

Feb 15, 2012

Fukushima farming hard row to hoe

When Takahiro Nagakura set off for distant Okayama two years ago, his plan was to complete his degree at the prefecture’s agricultural university and then return to Fukushima and work his family’s peach orchard. His plans, however, went awry last March 11. “My father ...