Makiko Inoue
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
May 2, 2022
At 119, she was a symbol of how to live with wit and vitality
Kane Tanaka, who died in Japan last month, survived two world wars, the 1918 influenza outbreak, paratyphoid and two rounds of cancer.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2022
A ‘killing stone’ broke in Japan. Is a demon on the loose?
The rock appears in a famous legend starring a nine-tailed fox spirit. The question now is whether the fracture was a good or bad omen.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2022
Curling drifts to the East, where rock stars are being born
In recent years, Japan, China and South Korea have embraced the sport, investing resources, creating celebrities and changing the competitive landscape.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2021
A new source of fuel in an aging Japan: adult incontinence
Waste from adult diapers is growing by tens of thousands of tons a year in Japan. One town may have a solution: recycle it into fuel pellets.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2021
At some Olympic competitions, the rarest of sightings: spectators
While fans have been barred from the majority of venues to contain COVID-19 infections, three host prefectures are still allowing a limited number of spectators at Olympic venues.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 28, 2020
A job for life, or not? A class divide deepens in Japan.
Recent court rulings threaten to further entrench the long-standing divide between so-called regular workers and the growing ranks of nonregular workers, many of whom are women.
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2020
Japan is paying firms to make things at home. But China’s pull is still strong.
The pandemic — and Beijing's increasingly combative behavior during it — has driven home the risks of overreliance on China for the production of a broad range of goods.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals