Shingo Ito

For Shingo Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Dark tourism' grows at 3/11 sites

Mar 6, 2016

'Dark tourism' grows at 3/11 sites

Shinichi Niitsuma is enthusiastic about showing visitors the attractions of the small town of Namie: its tsunami-hit coastline, abandoned houses and hills overlooking the radiation-soaked reactors of the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Five years after the nuclear disaster emptied this stretch of Honshu’s ...

Japan's cuddly yet costly mascots face extermination

Apr 8, 2015

Japan's cuddly yet costly mascots face extermination

Japan’s swollen ranks of cuddly mascots, once de rigueur for every self-respecting local government and commercial brand, are coming under increasing threat, with some being exterminated and others combined in at times grotesque ways. The cull comes after the Finance Ministry last year decided ...

Japan set to take a gamble on casinos

Jun 10, 2013

Japan set to take a gamble on casinos

A group of Japanese lawmakers is close to hitting the jackpot in their bid to legalize casinos, betting the revenue bonanza could challenge Macau for the title of global gaming powerhouse.

Hibakusha: Nuke safety biggest lie

Aug 10, 2012

Hibakusha: Nuke safety biggest lie

The marks that still scar Sunao Tsuboi’s face from the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima are a grim reminder of the power of the atom as a wave of wariness about nuclear power sweeps Japan. Nearly 170,000 people perished instantly in the searing heat or ...