Tomoko A. Hosaka

For Tomoko A. Hosaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 4, 2011

Tohoku disaster sparks innovative social media responses

As Japan grapples with an unprecedented triple disaster — earthquake, tsunami, nuclear crisis — the Web has spawned creativity and innovation online amid a collective desire to ease suffering. Once the magnitude of the March 11 disaster became clear, the online world began asking, ...

Selling smart cities to the world

Oct 15, 2010

Selling smart cities to the world

CHIBA — There were gadgets and robots galore at Japan’s premier electronics show last week. But one of the biggest attractions wasn’t anything you could touch — an energy efficient city of the future. For the first time, the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, ...

Aug 11, 2010

Budget cutters target JET

Every year for the past two decades, legions of young Americans have descended on Japan to teach English. This government-sponsored charm offensive was launched to counter anti-Japan sentiment in the United States and has since grown into one of the country’s most successful displays ...

Mar 31, 2010

A 'great leap forward' for Chinese 'anime'

Yoko Komazawa had been at the Tokyo International Anime Fair for nearly six hours when she fell in love with a brown-and-white stuffed panda — a character in one of the fair’s featured cartoons. “It’s so adorable and interesting,” she said, staring into its ...

Using financial aid to curb suicides

Dec 23, 2009

Using financial aid to curb suicides

KURIHARA, Miyagi Pref. — Four years ago, suicides in this city in the Tohoku region were running at nearly double the national rate, and as the global financial meltdown hit Japan they might have been expected to go even higher. But Kurihara has fought ...

Game almost up for LDP in Aomori

| Aug 29, 2009

Game almost up for LDP in Aomori

AOMORI — Perched on the upper tip of Honshu, Aomori Prefecture is tired of being left behind. The region of 1.4 million people spends half the year covered in snow. Its people are old. Unemployment hit a nationwide high of 7.9 percent this spring. ...

Crisis measures concern TSE chief

Jul 18, 2009

Crisis measures concern TSE chief

The head of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the world’s second-biggest bourse, doesn’t like what he sees in this global financial crisis. Governments have turned to the wrong tools — massive public bailouts and greater regulation — which threaten to undermine the market’s long-term health, ...

Cash handout a waste, many voters say

Mar 5, 2009

Cash handout a waste, many voters say

Cash back from the government? Stupid, wasteful and ineffective — and a shameless attempt to woo voters, many Japanese say. Prime Minister Taro Aso is touting a one-time cash handout of ¥12,000 per person as the centerpiece of a stimulus package to revive the ...