Tatsuro Hayakawa

For Tatsuro Hayakawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 10, 2006

Recovery passing smaller areas by

As part of its structural reform policy, the administration of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has urged local governments to become independent under the slogan that what can be done by local governments should be done by them. But at the same time, a growing ...

NPOs face barriers in efforts to run public spaces

Mar 22, 2006

NPOs face barriers in efforts to run public spaces

SAPPORO (Kyodo) Nonprofit organizations face high barriers in their attempts to help prefectural and municipal governments by operating public facilities as designated managers. The 2003 revision of the Local Autonomy Law authorizes private-sector companies and NPOs to become designated managers and operate public facilities ...

'Health stations' look to cut medical costs, spur fitness

Jan 26, 2006

'Health stations' look to cut medical costs, spur fitness

YOKOTE, Akita Pref. (Kyodo) In a unique effort to reduce welfare costs, the municipal government of Yokote, Akita Prefecture, has designated a number of meeting halls and health-promotion facilities as “health stations” aimed at improving the physical fitness of its citizens. The idea is ...