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Rowan Hooper

Rowan Hooper has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Sheffield University, UK, and he worked as an insect biologist in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, for five years before spending a two-year period at The Japan Times in Tokyo. He is now news editor for New Scientist magazine, based in London.

For Rowan Hooper's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Moving Zen' and the modern samurai

| Feb 18, 2017

'Moving Zen' and the modern samurai

“Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought.” — Tsunetomo Yamamoto, “Hagakure” (circa 1710) Hyogo resident Isao Machii is ...

Space exploration and human evolution

| Oct 15, 2016

Space exploration and human evolution

Can we become a multiplanetary species? There have been several spectacular announcements along these lines recently. Both SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have unveiled ambitious plans and tested rockets. Now aerospace multinational Boeing has ramped up its plans to get ...

Did Japan fudge the truth about whaling?

| Sep 17, 2016

Did Japan fudge the truth about whaling?

If you’ve been following the tragic farce that is Japan’s official stance on whaling, you’ll know that the arguments made by the country’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) to try and justify the hunting of whales have been soundly rejected. Japan maintains it needs ...