Takashi Yokota
For Takashi Yokota's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
Kishida on demographics, defense and disparity
In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister Kishida addresses the foreign and domestic issues that loom large, from the war in Ukraine to his promotion of “new capitalism” in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 17, 2023
In wake of attack, Kishida thought of bystanders, election and G7 summit
In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he did not feel his life was threatened in the immediate aftermath of an attack on Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Longform
Dec 12, 2022
Smooth operator: Rahm Emanuel’s transition to life as a diplomat
The U.S. ambassador on adjusting to life in Tokyo, his direct management style and dealing with Japanese politicians.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2022
Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assassinated
A suspect was arrested after Abe, one of the most consequential leaders in Japanu2019s postwar history, was shot while campaigning in the city of Nara on Friday.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2022
Chinese military buildup 'cause of instability' in Asia, ex-U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief says
As concerns over China's growing assertiveness rise, including fears of a contingency in the Taiwan Strait, renewed attention is falling on Japan's alliance with the United States.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2019
New CFL-X League alliance spans the Pacific
Since becoming the Canadian Football League's 14th commissioner in 2017, Randy Ambrosie has set a new goal for the nation's domestic pro league: globalization of the CFL and football.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 18, 2019
How Japan's clout is rising in age of U.S.-China tensions
As the West's concerns about China's dominance on the global stage continue to grow, Japan is increasingly regarded as a balancing force in the region.
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2019
Kim-Trump summit exposes frailties over North Korea
As the dust settles in the wake of the much-vaunted and, ultimately, failed second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, are the two countries now back at square one?
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2018
Japan's way forward in a rudderless world
The Singapore summit has left Tokyo in a difficult position.


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