Ryan Woo
For Ryan Woo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Chinese astronauts attend a see-off ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, on Thursday
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Oct 26, 2023
China's youngest-ever crew of astronauts heads to space station
The spacecraft and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
People ride a boat through a flooded road after Typhoon Doksuri in Zhuozhou, Hebei province, China, on Thursday.
Aug 6, 2023
China floodwater diversions unleash wave of online anger
To protect Beijing from flooding, water is sometimes channeled to so-called 'flood storage areas' — including populated areas.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2022
Scattered easing of COVID-19 curbs across China after week of unrest
China is set to announce an easing of its COVID quarantine rules in the coming days and a reduction in mass testing, sources have said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
May 1, 2022
As Beijing's COVID tightens curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life
The outbreaks are testing the government's 'COVID zero' approach in a year when Xi Jinping is expected to secure an unprecedented third term as president.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2022
Wealth shock: Property bust in small Chinese cities rattles households
Homeowners are battling a rare property market downdraft that's eroding the wealth of millions in the world's second-largest economy.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2022
Biden takes veiled swipe at China in condemning Russia backers on Ukraine
Some geopolitical analysts have said that Russia's action against Ukraine could embolden China over Taiwan.
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
Nov 26, 2019
Specter of funding crunch looms over runs at China's small banks
Bundles of yuan notes were stacked high behind the counters of branches of Yingkou Coastal Bank earlier this month, as the northeast China lender fought off a run on deposits while on-site government officials battled rumors of a funding crunch.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2018
Deep in the red: Chinese county pays price for vanity-project binge
In the heart of an impoverished village in southern China, a life-sized statue of Mao Zedong sits on a platform adorned with intricate stonework, flanked by a diorama of Red Army soldiers and traditional brick-and-tile homes with curved roofs.
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