Chris Russell
Chris Russell joined The Japan Times in 2018 as a member of the News Desk, where he is now a Senior News Editor. He also jointly oversees the Our Planet page focused on the environment and climate change, as well as editing and commissioning stories for Longform.
For Chris Russell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In writing "Climate Capitalism: Winning the Global Race to Zero Emissions," journalist Akshat Rathi said his goal was to try and determine where climate solutions are being built and uncover the challenges that they face.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 24, 2023
Finding crucial solutions in a time of climate crisis
Journalist Akshat Rathi explores the economic side of the emergency in his book ‘Climate Capitalism.'
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
May 24, 2023
Japan's up for fusion — just don’t call it 'nuclear'
The Japanese government sets out guidelines to encourage private sector competition in the field of fusion power. Will a nuclear-wary public get on board?
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 9, 2023
Whales help store carbon. Scientists are trying to figure out just how much.
The giant creatures have a role to play in the fight against warming, and that all comes down to how they can help keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in both direct and indirect ways.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2022
For firms, climate and deforestation becoming part of bigger ‘nature’ issue
Companies may still be tempted to treat their responsibilities on climate and forests as separate issues, but the two are intimately linked, an expert has stressed.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Dec 14, 2022
25 years on from the protocol’s signing, did we ever 'Kyoto'?
Dec. 11 marked the 25th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, a landmark treaty that put the idea of global effort to save the planet on many national radars. To mark the event, The Japan Times has launched a new section, Our Planet, that will look at the climate crisis, earth science and disaster management from a Japanese perspective. Two of the section’s editors, Joel Tansey and Chris Russell, join the show to discuss how the Kyoto Protocol is viewed now and how the city it’s named for has taken to its green mantle.
Japan Times
Dec 6, 2022
25 years after Kyoto Protocol, U.N. climate process stumbles on
The ultimate failure of the protocol offers a cautionary tale on how such international deals can fall short, but also the capacity of climate action to evolve.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2022
Japan joins scramble to respond to Solomon Islands' pact with China
The deal reportedly allows China to dock military ships in the island nation, representing a significant strategic advance in the region for Beijing.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 14, 2022
Nakagin, Nakagone: Demolishing an architectural dream
Japan Times editor Chris Russell joins to discuss the story of Nakagin and why he thinks it has captivated so many people over the years.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2022
Demolition of Tokyo’s iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower officially begins
Fans gathered for a last look at the building, an iconic representation of Japan's metabolist architectural movement.
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2022
School is back in Japan. At last, so are foreign students.
Following the easing of Japan's strict border controls, at least some foreign students have been able to arrive in time for Friday's start of the academic year.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2022
Easing of border rules met with relief by education sector, but some criticize scope
With the door to Japan set to be opened somewhat, the key for the government will be setting out the specifics of the policy, of which there are presently few details.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2022
Japan’s entry ban leaves students and universities counting the cost
Restrictions on new entries have seen projects disrupted, scholarships lost, international exchange undermined, career plans left in tatters and much more.
Japan Times
JAPAN / First Person
Dec 20, 2021
Quarantining at home after returning to Japan? Omicron means you shouldn’t count on it.
I had settled back into the pandemic lifestyle at home after getting back from the U.K., only to be asked to again head to a quarantine hotel due to an omicron case on my flight.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2020
'Anime Architecture' brings out the beauty in the details
Stefan Riekeles' book puts a spotlight on the background work that informs the ambience of anime's intricate worlds.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 30, 2020
Japanese whisky is breaking records at global auction houses
When a bottle of Karuizawa 52-year-old Zodiac Rat sold for a record price at auction in March 2020, the sale proved Japan's whisky is serious business.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 29, 2020
Episode 48: The Great Konbini Debate
Which Japanese convenience store is best and why? That's the question Newspick's Yuzuha Oka and The Japan Times' Chris Russell, Joel Tansey and Oscar Boyd attempt to answer.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2020
Tokyo DJs and owners say closing clubs to curb virus is easier said than done
Clubs and bars are facing pressure to close their doors as the new coronavirus spreads throughout Japan's major cities. As a result, those who make a living from the clubbing industry are also facing tough financial prospects.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 7, 2020
Boat racing: Endearingly rubbish and genuinely dramatic
Kyu014dtei (boat racing) is a kind of slow, aquatic NASCAR that also happens to be one of the few things that you can legally gamble on in Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
Nov 22, 2019
Bringing politics into Japanese clubs
Dance music has always had a political edge, but recent events in Tokyo show that clubs and politics are clashing on a more frequent basis
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Nov 9, 2019
Nakagin Capsule Tower: Can Tokyo's urban utopian dream secure a new lease on life?
The future of Ginza's iconic building hangs in the balance as architectural enthusiasts attempt to preserve the fading landmark.


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