Dave Hueston
For Dave Hueston's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2022
Return to a maskless world still fantasy for Japan
Some feel that much of the motivation for wearing face coverings now simply comes from wanting to fit in with the crowd with "appropriate behavior."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 31, 2022
Japanese society begins to grapple with microaggressions
Researchers say that usually unintentional or casual hurtful words or actions made toward members of marginalized groups, including ethnic and sexual minorities and women, are commonplace.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Jan 13, 2022
Can the 'uncanny valley' help us in a future 'metaverse'?
The phenomenon of creepiness that comes with certain humanoid creations could work to defend us against the negative possibilities of a virtual world, scientists say.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2020
Author of book on 1964 Olympics sees parallels in Tokyo 2020's struggles
Roy Tomizawa interviewed over 70 athletes from 16 nations in his quest to chronicle Japan's recovery through the lens of the first Tokyo Games.
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2020
Japanese customs: A go-to guide in this brave new coronavirus world?
Some experts say the country's customs and social habits, such as wearing face masks during seasonal flu outbreaks, might play some role in hindering transmission of the virus.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 23, 2020
Orthodontist on mission to straighten Japanese teeth
Brace yourself.
Japan Times
Jan 12, 2020
Exograph home-watching project challenges the value of privacy
Some people will shudder at Hiroki Enno's idea of a "social experiment," yet he believes the project could someday benefit society as a whole.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2019
Casino giants crank up PR to snag first Japanese resort licenses
Since the enactment of a law in July 2018 legalizing casino gambling in Japan, large resort operators from the United States have been boosting public relations efforts as they plan bids to enter the budding market.
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2019
Bolt expecting high-voltage games in Tokyo
Approaching one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics, double individual world record holder and now-retired Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt said he is thrilled to be coming to Japan for the sporting extravaganza, even if he is no longer considered "the fastest man alive."
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2019
Welcome to Tokyo's 'Little Nepal': A microcosm of Japan's evolving identity
An area of Suginami Ward has attracted Nepali immigrants looking for good schooling, security and opportunity.
Japan Times
May 9, 2019
Filipino student trio chart map to happy life in Japan
In navigating their way through Japan's often complex and confusing society, a group of Filipino international students formulated a road map for those who might choose to follow their path and want to spread the word.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2019
Kyoto startup aims to take bite out of bugs' 'ick factor' with cricket powder bars
Despite there being a long history of bug-eating in rural parts of Japan, for the average consumer nowadays stomaching creepy-crawlies is too much to ask.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2019
'Teaching without teaching': Creator of KenKen puzzles cultivates young minds through math and fun
Mathematics teacher and puzzle creator Tetsuya Miyamoto says he's probably watched Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon" at least 20 times.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 12, 2019
Old-fashioned wine techniques for a forward-looking region
In the countryside of Katsunuma, Yamanashi Prefecture, just north of Mount Fuji, a family-run operation has been making wine the old-fashioned way for almost 100 years: squeezing grapes by hand inside wooden presses.
Japan Times
Oct 24, 2018
Cameroon-born manga artist draws on a life in Japan less ordinary
Kansai-raised Rene Hoshino hopes his stories of growing up as a minority will resonate abroad as they have here.
Japan Times
Oct 6, 2018
Hokkaido Barbarians hope to help Sapporo shine during 2019 Rugby World Cup
About an hour's drive south of central Sapporo is the hot springs resort of Jozankei, a town nestled within the lush valley of the Toyohira River.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2018
Neon lights above Sapporo's famed nightlife district darkened by quake
The neon lights of Sapporo's famed Susukino entertainment district were still off Thursday night, the area's revelers replaced by people huddled in hotel lobby entrances or queuing for water and other bare essentials following the powerful earthquake that jolted the nation's northernmost island of Hokkaido earlier in the day.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2018
2020 Tokyo Games aim to take big step toward 'carbon-free' society
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games comes with a massive environmental footprint.
Japan Times
May 4, 2018
Tokyo 2020 mascot designer drew inspiration from his 'scenic route' to success
When Ryo Taniguchi, designer of the official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was thinking about studying abroad as a teenager, his illustrator father gave him some sage advice: take the scenic route.
Japan Times
Feb 21, 2018
Pyeongchang ceremonies' music director Kunihiko Ryo composes a message of unity
Growing up as an ethnic Korean in Japan has given Kunihiko Ryo a unique perspective on the big picture, something that is especially useful in his role as music director for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves