Yoshiaki Nohara

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

As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast

Jul 8, 2015

As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast

Half a century ago, the Tokyo Olympics ushered in a golden age for Japan’s capital, as industrial prowess made it the largest urban complex in history. Now the games are returning to mark the end of that growth. “This will be the final festival,” ...

Tokyo's heaving subway system girds for 2020 Olympics

Jun 17, 2015

Tokyo's heaving subway system girds for 2020 Olympics

It’s Monday morning and Tokyo is going back to work. By 8:16 at Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest, lines of waiting commuters overlap with the people looking to go in the opposite direction. The smell of pastries from a bakery wafts over the stream ...

Ishiba tells rural communities to compete or lose funding

Feb 10, 2015

Ishiba tells rural communities to compete or lose funding

The Abe administration’s czar for regional regeneration believes it is a case of sink or swim: Enterprising communities will maintain their grip on state funding and flourish, and stragglers will be cut loose. “Am I telling them to compete? Yes, I am,” Shigeru Ishiba, ...

December output gain hints at end to latest recession

Jan 30, 2015

December output gain hints at end to latest recession

Industrial production snapped two quarters of decline in December, signaling the economy may have limped out of recession. Output rose 1.8 percent in the three months through December from the third quarter, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. While household spending ...