Mike Ives
For Mike Ives's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Gunung Padang pyramid site in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, on Dec. 22. A study that concluded it may be "the oldest pyramid in the world” is under investigation by its publisher after fueling debate over the age of the partially excavated site and the ethics of archaeology.
WORLD / Society
Jan 7, 2024
‘World’s oldest pyramid’ in Indonesia? A study draws skepticism
Some have suggested that the site may have been built far earlier by an as-yet-undiscovered ancient civilization.
Yemeni coast guard members on patrol in the Red Sea on Tuesday amid heightened tension over drone and missile assaults by Houthi militia.
Dec 17, 2023
Tensions spilling over from Gaza to Red Sea escalate
The shipping industry is bracing for potential economic fallout as the vital sea lane is increasingly drawn into regional unrest.
A worker uses a vacuum cleaner inside a bullet train at Suseo Station in Seoul on Nov. 13. South Korea is launching a four-week campaign against bedbugs after multiple reports of infestations sparked widespread public anxiety.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 19, 2023
Bedbug anxiety comes for Asia, and the pest killers are here for it
Outbreaks in France and South Korea have people across Asia on high alert for bedbugs. Exterminators in the region say business is booming.
Flavorless (?) Candy spurred debate over what the "taste of nothingness" tastes like, if anything.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 10, 2023
Sucking on Japan's flavorless candy for a 'state of nothingness'
The candy was developed for people who wanted to moisten mouths that had gone dry from all-day mask wearing but without a sugar rush.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
‘Thailand is not ready to change’: Prime minister vote puts coalition at risk
The progressive Move Forward Party has failed to form a government, leaving members of the liberal opposition scrambling to find alternatives.
Japan Times
Jul 1, 2023
Cambodian ruler’s Facebook account goes dark after spat with Meta
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has recommended that he be suspended from the platform for threatening political opponents with violence.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2023
That mystery orb on a Japanese beach? It was just a buoy.
A giant metal ball that washed up on a Japanese beach this week drew suspicion from authorities and wonder from the public. But the truth was rather mundane.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2022
Weed is now legal in Thailand. How long will the high times last?
Cannabis shops have multiplied since the drug was decriminalized, with caveats, in June. But some lawmakers are pushing for tighter regulation.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal / ANALYSIS
Oct 10, 2022
Why strict but inconsistent gun laws did not keep Thailand safe
The murder of two dozen small children u2014 committed during nap time in colorful classrooms u2014 has horrified the nation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 14, 2022
Rushdie attack recalls 1991 killing of his Japanese translator
Hitoshi Igarashi was stabbed to death at Tsukuba University, where he taught comparative Islamic culture u2014 the crime remains unsolved.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2022
‘Not in this for the money’: Why some families sue North Korea
Their civil litigation u2014 often over physical mistreatment and abductions at the hands of North Korean authorities u2014 is part of a quiet, yearslong search for justice.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2022
Devastating Afghanistan earthquake leaves more than 1,000 dead
The quake u2014 the deadliest in the country in two decades u2014 hit about 28 miles southwest of the city of Khost, a provincial capital in the countryu2019s southeast.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2022
Hong Kong’s floating restaurant sinks at sea, laden with memories
The 260-foot, three-story eatery capsized and sank as it was being towed through deep water over the weekend, its owner said.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2022
Food export bans in Asia prompt fears of more protectionism
The bans risk hurting farmers and producers, and one concern is that the current cycle of protectionism could lead to restrictions on other food exports u2014 including rice
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 25, 2022
Coronavirus rules are swiftly falling away in Asia, with a big caveat
Many Asian-Pacific countries are dismantling thickets of COVID-19 rules at bewildering speeds, even though the omicron variant of the coronavirus is still raging in parts of the region.
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 11, 2022
‘Contactless’ humanitarian aid has its perks, and pitfalls
COVID-era travel restrictions have mostly prevented expatriate aid workers from flying into Pacific island nations after natural disasters. The results have been mixed.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2022
The end of ‘Fight Club’ was cut in China. The pattern goes back decades.
The 1999 cult classic starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton is not the only foreign film to be altered for audiences in mainland China.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 21, 2022
This ancient brew has retro appeal in South Korea
South Koreau2019s craft makgeolli revival has been underway for at least a decade, but the drinku2019s popularity took on new dimensions during COVID-19 lockdowns.


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