Takahiro Fukada

For Takahiro Fukada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sep 30, 2011

Tokyo plans to store, burn debris from disaster zone

To help quake- and tsuami-damaged areas rebuild, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it is offering to store about 500,000 tons of debris and waste from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures for three years. The amount of debris in the disaster zones is so massive ...

Society must value overseas study: Nakagawa

| Sep 24, 2011

Society must value overseas study: Nakagawa

Young Japanese shouldn’t be blamed for not studying abroad, but society needs to change so they can attend universities overseas without having to worry about their careers after they return, education minister Masaharu Nakagawa said. “It is not really the case that young people ...

Iwate fisheries continue struggle to recover

Sep 21, 2011

Iwate fisheries continue struggle to recover

One rainy day in early September, Shigeru Fujita, a 62-year-old fisherman, gazed at the devastated fishing port in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. The huge tsunami spawned by the March 11 quake destroyed two of his fishing boats and his warehouse in a matter of minutes. ...

Iwate survivors wonder, worry about future

Sep 15, 2011

Iwate survivors wonder, worry about future

The coastal town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, used to have a railway station, cafes, restaurants and medical clinics, but all that remains now are the foundations and twisted iron support bars of buildings. In the months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated ...

New mayor's warnings fell on deaf ears

Sep 15, 2011

New mayor's warnings fell on deaf ears

When the March 11 quake struck, mayoral candidate Yutaka Ikarigawa was preparing for a speech on the streets of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. The quake jolted the town for three minutes — a seeming eternity. Believing that a large tsunami could engulf the town within ...

Six months on, few signs of recovery

Sep 11, 2011

Six months on, few signs of recovery

After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami destroyed everything from houses to street lights, the town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, has been so dark and quiet at night it’s unnerving. But the light coming from a convenience store that reopened in late July has ...

Foreign embassies give kids taste of many cultures at Tokyo event

Aug 29, 2011

Foreign embassies give kids taste of many cultures at Tokyo event

Children tried their hand at Thai vegetable carving and practiced Indian yoga at an intercultural event put on by foreign embassies Sunday in Tokyo. Children’s International Festa 2011, held in Yebisu Garden Place in Shibuya Ward, was intended to expose children to new cultures ...

Harvard talks pump up overseas study, work

Aug 25, 2011

Harvard talks pump up overseas study, work

Japanese high school students were glued to the screen as a Harvard University student, acting as teacher, clicked on the computer and fused photographs of people’s faces, claiming she could create a face people would find attractive. “Maybe,” one high school student said when ...

Restoring foreign tourism tall order

| Aug 23, 2011

Restoring foreign tourism tall order

Foreign tourist numbers have been plunging since the March 11 quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture, and not only for visitors to the disaster zone. The soaring yen is another factor discouraging visitation, but experts nonetheless hope to woo more foreign tourists, ...

Aug 6, 2011

Tepco redress: from tourism to tea

Tokyo Electric Power Co. must compensate travel agencies, inns and hotels nationwide for cancellations made by foreign travelers fearing radiation from Tepco’s stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a government panel said Friday. The panel under the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry ...