Ryotaro Nakamaru

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

Anime teaching kids about A-bombs

Aug 7, 2014

Anime teaching kids about A-bombs

Nearly 70 years after a U.S. atomic bomb laid waste to the city of Hiroshima, the attack continues to hold an important place in the psyche of its residents. Every year, the ceremony commemorating the Aug. 6 bombing and the people who perished is ...

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 ...

Sep 4, 2011

Bareheaded Putin misses chance

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is one cool guy! He does martial arts. He fishes. He hunts. He’s bilingual. He scuba dives. He’s charismatic. He’s smart. He looks good topless. And, in the Aug. 31 AFP-Jiji photo titled “LEADER OF THE PACK,” he is ...

Sep 21, 2010

Looking after the elderly

Ten years have passed since the introduction of the nursing care insurance system in April 2000. In fiscal 2009, some 3.92 million people used nursing care insurance services. Discussions have started in preparation for a once-every-three-years reform of the system that will be implemented ...