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Satoshi Iizuka
For Satoshi Iizuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 8, 2019
Japan's 'ice age generation' urges revamp of state hiring push
The government announced a plan in June to find 300,000 permanent jobs for those who got stuck in the prolonged "employment ice age" that was triggered by the collapse of the bubble economy in the 1990s, but critics are skeptical about how effective it will be and are urging a revamp.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 3, 2019
Japan's business spending increased in January-March amid murky outlook
Capital spending by companies rose 6.1 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, official data showed Monday, supporting the government's view that the economy is in a moderate recovery phase despite the uncertain global outlook.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 25, 2019
Abe's tax hike plan faces uncertainty as economy sputters, experts say
There is growing speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could be forced to postpone the planned sales tax hike in October due to concern about the economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 28, 2019
Okinawa base referendum could deal nationwide electoral blow to Abe
The outcome of a referendum in Okinawa showing that a vast majority of residents oppose the bilateral Futenma air base relocation plan may deal a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government at elections across the country this year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jan 23, 2019
Historic deal on Russian-held islands looks no nearer after Abe and Putin's fruitless 25th meeting
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to quickly settle a territorial dispute with Russia appears unlikely to bear fruit, with no substantive progress announced after talks with Vladimir Putin.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Nov 19, 2018
Abe fails to bridge U.S.-China divide at APEC summit
Prime Minister in a bind as he seeks to keep alliance with Washington as foundation of foreign policy, while avoiding excessive conflict with Beijing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 27, 2018
Abe continues balancing act with Putin as he chases peace treaty, disputed isles at Moscow summit
With little to show from a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the view that Tokyo is trapped in a constant balancing act in its dealings with Moscow is reinforced.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 2, 2017
Getting the most out of life, Paralympian and euthanasia advocate fulfills Japan travel dream
A Belgian Paralympic champion wheelchair racer and sometimes euthanasia campaigner expressed her delight at making her dream Japan visit a reality.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 7, 2017
Japan city taps ninja legend to woo overseas tourists
Ninja, Japan's feudal mercenaries, are mainly known abroad as the stuff of legend and intrigue, while modern-day incarnations in Asia have gained widespread popular appeal through mediums such as anime and manga, or games and movies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 7, 2017
Financial crunch time looms for Fukushima's 'voluntary evacuees'
This month, housing subsidies run out for those who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster from areas other than the government-designated evacuation zones, and as the clock ticks down, evacuees have had to decide whether to return or move once again.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 10, 2017
Tokyo 'satellite shops' seek to woo overseas visitors to the regions
There are places in central Tokyo where you can taste various foods from regions around Japan and buy rare souvenirs without ever having to leave the capital, but they remain largely unknown to foreign tourists.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2016
New Swiss projects get Japanese architectural touch
In contrast to the familiar images of cows grazing in the picturesque Alps, Switzerland is a country also known for its technological innovations, in particular in civil engineering.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 11, 2016
As Japan marks atomic bombings, Abe condemned for inaction
As Japan marked the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, the mayors of the two cities urged world leaders to follow in the footsteps of U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Hiroshima in May, and act to rid the world of nuclear arms.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 5, 2016
A-bomb survivors' group struggles to move forward amid dwindling numbers
While Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima as the first sitting U.S. president in May highlighted again the need to eliminate nuclear weapons, Japan's major anti-nuclear group, which has led the movement for 60 years at home and abroad, sees a rocky road ahead as its membership declines with the passing of atomic bomb survivors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 3/11 DISASTER FIVE YEARS ON
Mar 2, 2016
Manga artist and ex-Fukushima No. 1 worker portrays life, progress at troubled plant
A manga artist who has been involved in decommissioning work at the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has highlighted the need for effective deployment of skilled workers in parts of the premises that still have high radiation levels.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 10, 2015
Leader of anti-atomic seminars unsilenced four years on
With preparations underway to restart Japan's nuclear plants, writer Keiko Ochiai has pledged to continue a workshop on problems related to atomic power, four years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster began.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 24, 2015
Tsunami-hit city library compiles victims' memoirs in English
The public library in the city of Higashimatsushima, in Miyagi Prefecture, has succeeded in preserving the memories of local residents who survived the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami so that people all over the world can share their experiences.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Jan 10, 2015
TSE's ascent to continue in 2015, bankers say
Tokyo stocks will likely maintain their upward momentum in 2015 largely thanks to the weakening yen, which sharpens Japan Inc.'s competitive edge.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2014
Working conditions at Fukushima No. 1 no better, official says
A government official involved in measures to combat the toxic water buildup at Fukushima No. 1 emphasized the importance of improving working conditions for the roughly 6,000 workers at the crippled nuclear plant during a recent media tour.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 11, 2014
Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city
Children and grownups in Higashimatsushima, a city in Miyagi Prefecture that was devastated by the tsunami from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, are now able to read around 1,500 picture books donated by Taro Gomi, a well-known author of children's books.

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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