Stella Qiu
For Stella Qiu's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A construction site where many tall apartment buildings have been constructed in recent years, in Parramatta, Sydney
Sep 1, 2023
Build up, not out: The high density housing push for Australian cities
With the construction industry struggling amid elevated costs and decade-high interest rates, housing affordability has become a thorny political issue.
People gather in the center of the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan, in December 2017.
Jul 28, 2023
Bhutan's employment woes drive exodus to Australia
Student migration to Australia from Bhutan has soared, with over 12,000 long-term arrivals moving there in the 11 months to May alone.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2022
Australia's housing crisis, largely hidden, is getting worse
Relentlessly rising rents, eight consecutive interest rate hikes and surging living costs have inflamed what was already among the world's least affordable rental markets.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2022
Damaged black boxes in China jet crash leave few clues into cause
The two black boxes from the China Eastern aircraft were badly damaged in the crash in southern China and analysis of them is ongoing, state-run media has said.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2021
Boeing faces rocky path to gaining approval for return of 737 Max in China
Trade power tensions, regulatory hurdles and attempts by the West to counter Chinese competition are delaying the move.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2020
China's coronavirus-free 'Hawaii' chases local tourist dollars with a vengeance
Hainan has been free of the coronavirus for six months, drawing eager shoppers to duty-free malls and couples seeking a subtropical backdrop for wedding pictures.
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2020
As COVID-19 persists and U.S. poll nears, China's growth lifts Asia
China is now the only major economy forecast by the International Monetary Fund to report growth — of 1.9% — this year.
Jan 25, 2018
Chinese tech firms narrowing pay gap with Silicon Valley as state pours money into IT, surveillance
China's war for technology talent is intensifying.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 8, 2017
Performance artists in China feeling the chill from official disapproval
One woman, a performance artist from Taiwan, tied herself up with bras, but left her nipples exposed. Another artist, a Romanian woman in a bathing suit, had someone write the Chinese characters for "control" and "art" across her buttocks.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on