Yoshiaki Nohara

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

Japan's students face uncertain future under cloud of debt

Dec 29, 2016

Japan's students face uncertain future under cloud of debt

Kengo Kyogoku borrows about ¥122,000 ($1,035) per month in addition to a scholarship and a part-time job, because his mother can’t afford to pay his college fees at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo. “The amount is huge,” said Kyogoku, a sophomore of communications ...

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. ...

Sep 29, 2016

IMF sees Japanese talent locked in low-paying jobs

The rich and powerful versus the weak and underpaid. That’s how the International Monetary Fund sees Japan’s relationship between employers and workers. Unless more is done to address the problems in the country’s labor market, Japan as a whole will be the loser, according ...

Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike

Mar 8, 2016

Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike

Abenomics has not had much impact reviving the fits-and-starts Japanese economy. That is the verdict of nearly two dozen economists canvassed in a new Bloomberg News survey. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s signature domestic policy received an average score of 4.6 points out of 10 ...