Shunsuke Yamamoto

For Shunsuke Yamamoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Now you see it, now you don't: Hokkaido's 'phantom bridge'

Apr 30, 2014

Now you see it, now you don't: Hokkaido's 'phantom bridge'

An aging “phantom bridge” now surrounded by water in man-made Lake Nukabira in Kamishihoro, Hokkaido, is attracting tourists who want to view it while it is still intact, with its arches expected to collapse soon. Taushubetsu Bridge, made out of concrete, was erected in ...

Hokkaido aims to lure tourists from Thailand for spring break

Jun 14, 2013

Hokkaido aims to lure tourists from Thailand for spring break

Hokkaido has been stepping up efforts to attract foreign tourists during its off-season period in spring and is currently zeroing in on Thailand, where the holiday season starts in March and continues through May. As part of these efforts, the tourism ministry’s Hokkaido District ...

Mar 8, 2010

Prefectural governments give telecommuting a try

The government is getting back on the telecommuting bandwagon in an attempt to promote a better a work-life balance for the nation’s stressed-out workforce and to combat global warming. In 2007, the government laid out a plan to expand the telecommuting workforce to 13 ...

Stargazing seniors lauded for 10 new finds

Mar 19, 2008

Stargazing seniors lauded for 10 new finds

Two elderly amateur astronomers are receiving high praise from experts for recently discovering 10 new stars — a shining accomplishment considering that only about a dozen are discovered each year. Koichi Nishiyama, 70, of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, and Fujio Kabashima, 68, of Miyaki, Saga ...