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Hayato Ishii
For Hayato Ishii's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 4, 2017
Japan's farming industry poised for automation revolution
In a few years, robotic farming equipment will be able to plow and prepare soil while human farmers sleep.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 24, 2016
Naha Airport hoping to become Asia cargo hub, helped by TPP
Naha Airport in Okinawa is striving to become a new logistics hub in Asia and is preparing for an expansion in trade expected if the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal takes force.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 19, 2015
Sakura and dogwood from U.S. share common enduring beauty amid trials of history
Chidorigafuchi, a moat northwest of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, was packed with people trying to catch a glimpse of the magnificent cherry blossoms in early April, as in every year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Feb 24, 2015
Wartime naval cadet recalls the twisted history of English in Japan
Shigeru Takabayashi, 85, is a living witness of the convoluted history of the English language in Japan around the end of the Pacific War.
JAPAN
Nov 3, 2009
Ex-Tanzania volunteer hopes Swahili dictionary prompts mutual understanding
A Japanese former volunteer in Africa has just published a dictionary of Swahili, convinced that speaking the local language is a must for mutual understanding.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 10, 2009
Borlaug's death upstaged by Ichiro MLB feat
U.S. agronomist Norman Borlaug had deep links with Japan and helped crossbreed a wheat seed it developed with other varieties to help other nations boost food output.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2009
Hardy rice strain finds foothold in Africa
KAMPALA (Kyodo) At an elementary school in a small Ugandan village that has no running water or electricity, Eri Iwayama waits for rain.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 14, 2008
Co-op innovates to crack frozen-food mart
When Hirokazu Kiuchi proposed six years ago that a farmers' marketing cooperative in Katori, Chiba Prefecture, start processing frozen spinach, he knew he was in for a fight.
JAPAN
Dec 19, 2006
Beatles' appeal transcends generations
Although the Beatles split up in 1970, the Fab Four's music continues to attract new generations of fans in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 19, 2006
Beatles' appeal transcends generations
Although the Beatles split up in 1970, the Fab Four's music continues to attract new generations of fans in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 18, 2006
Traditional prewar houses finding favor with manufactured home-weary
Architect Jun Hirai, 35, lives and works in a refurbished traditional "minka" house built during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) in Obama, Fukui Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 11, 2006
Hands-on farm training new path for city slickers
KAMOGAWA, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) In a tomato patch in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, Kazumasa Umehara, 58, an engineer at an information technology-related firm, took a deep breath of satisfaction.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?