Ryotaro Nakamaru

For Ryotaro Nakamaru's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo business leaders step into ring for charity

Jun 4, 2014

Tokyo business leaders step into ring for charity

What would you do for a great cause? Would you go through three months of grueling boxing training while juggling your day job and climb into the ring in front of hundreds of your friends and coworkers? That’s what 16 amateur fighters did for ...

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

Apr 3, 2014

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

A little more than three years after the devastating earthquake paralyzed the northeast, coastal communities shattered by the ensuing tsunami are slowly returning to normal. Shops that were destroyed are gradually reopening. Residents forced to evacuate to distant parts are returning to their hometowns. ...

Video game makers handed chance to ride indie wave

Dec 30, 2013

Video game makers handed chance to ride indie wave

Independently made video games, a term that can be stretched to include titles made by midsize game developers, a group of enthusiasts or just a lone programming hobbyist, have become hugely popular in North America and Europe. Often low budget with quirky visuals and ...