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Sayo Sasaki
For Sayo Sasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Dec 30, 2022
Japan's imperial family eyeing social media to stay in touch
The agency in charge of the family's affairs set to explore the potential use of SNS platforms as part of a new approach to public relations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 30, 2022
Japan's perilously low birthrate a forgotten election issue
Experts on social and family issues stress the urgent need to create an environment that encourages people to have more children and prevent a future crisis.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 10, 2022
Yoon Suk-yeol likely to thaw Tokyo-Seoul relations, but hurdles remain
Given Yoon's call for improved ties with Japan and the security dynamics sparked by Russia's aggression in Ukraine, he has been seen as a more favorable pick for Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 31, 2021
Voters to keep eye on Kishida's course correction from Abe-Suga era
Fumio Kishida appears poised to differentiate himself from his predecessor Yoshihide Suga in order to avoid quickly following him out of office.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 20, 2021
Faction politics take back seat in LDP leadership race as general election looms
Candidate preferences among the party's rank and file, which includes all those age 20 or over that pay membership fees, reveal a generational shift when compared to those of Diet members.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 9, 2021
With Olympics over, Suga faces uncertain future over COVID-19 response
Experts say the prime minister must now cling to hope that the country's vaccine drive will pay off in time to prevent a medical system collapse and salvage his future as Japan's leader.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 8, 2021
A 'parallel world': the Tokyo Olympics and the public disconnect
For now, people may bask in the heroic performances of the Olympic athletes, but some experts say the government may soon face a backlash for going ahead with the Games amid the pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 19, 2021
Suga on tightrope as COVID-19 resurgence could harm chances of second term
The risk is possible as Japan enters the season for cherry blossom-viewing parties, graduation ceremonies and the April start of the new academic and business year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 11, 2021
Japan, fearing impact on businesses and benefits for China, faces Myanmar balancing act
With the U.S. announcing plans to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar, Japan remains cautious about invoking punitive measures against the Southeast Asian country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jan 9, 2021
Suga's virus response slowed by focus on economy and LDP factions
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's declaration of another state of emergency for Tokyo and its surrounding area appears to have come too late, with the government's decision-making process slowed by his prioritization of economic recovery and the manner in which he took office four months ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Nov 12, 2020
Biden likely to push Japan to do more to combat climate change
After taking office in mid-September, Suga vowed in a policy speech last month to reduce Japan's net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 24, 2020
As the honeymoon ends, Suga faces test of his communication skills
New prime minister hopes to rally public support rate in speech before lawmakers that could affect any decision on when to hold the next general election.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 29, 2019
ZMP's food delivery robot ready to pick up the slack in graying Japan
Mix the rise of e-commerce in Japan with a chronic labor shortage and a graying society and what do you get?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 10, 2019
With her edible organic roses, Saitama entrepreneur tastes success at an early age
The life of 25-year-old Ayaka Tanaka is busy, to say the least.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 8, 2018
As Japan enacts law opening door wider to foreign labor, experts warn of challenges with integration
Experts say new government policies to facilitate the integration of foreign workers into Japanese society will be necessary if the new visa system is to succeed.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 20, 2018
Embracing difference, 'Shakespeare in Tokyo' is the picture of inclusion
The scene: Tokyo. The plot: An Australian fan of Shakespeare with Down syndrome sets out on a solo adventure to escape the watchful eyes of his domineering older brother and discover the city.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 25, 2017
Tokyo movie house caters to the visually impaired, and everyone else
Listening without watching — that is what Chihoko Hiratsuka describes as essential for understanding the concept of her tiny movie house in Tokyo.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 1, 2017
'Art Brut' exhibition in Tokyo to shine light on creating inclusive society
"Polka-Dot Princess" Yayoi Kusama illuminated the links between creativity and mental illness with her arrival on the New York pop art scene in 1957.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 18, 2017
American aspires to fulfill childhood dream as geisha in Japan
In modern times joining the fascinating yet cloistered world of a geisha — even for young Japanese girls — is rare indeed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 10, 2016
Amid day care shortage, parents inspired by anonymous blog vote for change
A 41-year-old working father of two recalled the frustration he felt when he was unable to get his younger daughter into any of the nursery schools his family applied to since moving to Tokyo's Koto Ward last year.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation