Tomoko Otake

Tomoko Otake is a staff writer and editor with a strong interest in health, medical and social issues. She is an author of A Matter of Health, a new weekly series on the latest health research, technology and policy issues in Japan. A native of Nara Prefecture, she obtained an M.A. in journalism from The University of Montana.

For Tomoko Otake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift

Dec 19, 2016

Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift

As a planned face-lift for Tokyo's Ueno Park goes forward in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, residents are asking that the government refrain from cutting down decades-old trees. A group of citizens called Ueno Koen no Ki wo Mamoru Kai (Group for the protection of ...

New running facility opens in Tokyo for athletes of all stripes

Dec 9, 2016

New running facility opens in Tokyo for athletes of all stripes

As the metropolis gears up to host the Olympics and Paralympics in four years’ time, a new running stadium opened in Tokyo on Friday. The private-sector facility will provide an inclusive training venue for athletes of all stripes. The Shin-Toyosu Brillia Running Stadium, located in ...

Aerial photos capture dark side of solar power plants

Dec 9, 2016

Aerial photos capture dark side of solar power plants

Koichiro Otaki started taking aerial pictures of photovoltaic power stations in April 2015. At first, it was an innocent desire to capture their sheer scale and aesthetic value that motivated him, he says. Solar parks, mostly in rural, desolate areas, were also among the few ...

Soseki android unveiled to rekindle interest in late author

Dec 8, 2016

Soseki android unveiled to rekindle interest in late author

"Hello. Excuse me for remaining seated. It's been nearly 100 years, hasn't it?" So said an android version of literary giant Natsume Soseki in a calm voice when it was unveiled to the media in Tokyo on Thursday. The robot, dressed in a light brown tweed ...