Yoshiaki Nohara

For Yoshiaki Nohara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Old age, depopulation decimating A-bomb-spared Kitakyushu

Mar 30, 2017

Old age, depopulation decimating A-bomb-spared Kitakyushu

Few places evoke the rise and fall of Japan’s industrial might than the head office of the Imperial Steel Works in Kitakyushu. The red brick Meiji Era building was the heart of the nation’s first big steelworks. Now it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. ...

Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines

/ Dec 19, 2016

Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines

A withering factory town in the rust belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “robot revolution.” Kadoma’s population in Osaka Prefecture has shrunk 13 percent as the nation ages, prompting mergers among elementary schools and emergency services departments. ...