Satoshi Iizuka

For Satoshi Iizuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Conditions at No. 1 no better: official

Jun 25, 2014

Conditions at No. 1 no better: official

A government official involved in measures to combat the toxic water buildup at Fukushima No. 1 emphasized the importance of improving working conditions for the roughly 6,000 workers at the crippled nuclear plant during a recent media tour. “I sincerely felt the hardships workers ...

Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city

Mar 11, 2014

Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city

Children and grownups in Higashimatsushima, a city in Miyagi Prefecture that was devastated by the tsunami from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, are now able to read around 1,500 picture books donated by Taro Gomi, a well-known author of children’s books. The ...

Tokyo bathhouses look to tap foreigners but ensure they behave

Dec 30, 2013

Tokyo bathhouses look to tap foreigners but ensure they behave

Bathhouses in Tokyo are taking greater steps to welcome foreigners visiting the capital by preparing a guidance manual and poster in several languages to help them understand the proper etiquette for communal bathing so they can avoid embarrassments. “We would like to receive foreigners ...

Prank pictures on SNS cause storm

Oct 1, 2013

Prank pictures on SNS cause storm

In a society where cleanliness is revered, a series of pictures showing unhygienic pranks involving food industry workers and customers has triggered a media storm after going viral on social-networking services. The posts reflect a broader trend among young Japanese Internet users for sharing ...

Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return

Feb 23, 2013

Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return

With Friday the day that Japan commemorates incorporating Takeshima, a group of rocky Sea of Japan islets now controlled by South Korea, the aging residents of nearby islands have not given up hope that the disputed outcroppings may one day be returned to Japan.

Mar 3, 2010

City sets up 'otaku' complex

KITAKYUSHU — The city of Kitakyushu is seeking to boost international exchange for “otaku” enthusiasts of Japanese subculture by creating an arts-business complex including a “manga” comic museum and a variety of shops by around 2012. The city will try to set up the ...

Jan 13, 2010

Makers of traditional cotton textiles aim for markets abroad

KITAKYUSHU — Kitakyushu, with its eyes on foreign markets, is reviving the manufacture of a once-vanished traditional cotton textile. Kokura-ori is a strong but soft cotton fabric with vertical stripes of alternating colors. The weaving originated in the Buzen Kokura region during the Edo ...