Kazutaka Hinata

For Kazutaka Hinata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ex-Imperial guard, 92, mourns fallen WWII comrades

Apr 22, 2015

Ex-Imperial guard, 92, mourns fallen WWII comrades

Koichi Arai, 92, a former Imperial Guard member, prays for the repose of fallen comrades under a tree near the moat of the Imperial Palace compound in Tokyo whenever he joins well-wishers who turn out in public every Jan. 2 to see the Emperor, ...

Climbing champ urges deeper understanding of forestry

Jul 27, 2014

Climbing champ urges deeper understanding of forestry

Japan’s tree-climbing champion wants to deepen people’s understanding of the forestry industry and promote techniques for climbers to practice tree care in a safe manner. Hideharu Matsuoka is an “arborist” — someone who spends a lot of time in trees as part of his ...