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Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Oct 20, 2021
Why is Kyoto going bankrupt?
In 2019, tourists spent u00a51.2 trillion in Kyoto. Now the city faces bankruptcy.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Oct 7, 2021
Who is Fumio Kishida, Japan's new prime minister?
Who is Kishida and how did he rise to become the country's newest Prime Minister?
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 22, 2021
Keirin — The War on Wheels
The Guardian's Tokyo correspondent Justin McCurry takes us inside the world of keirin, Japan's billion-dollar bicycle races.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 8, 2021
With half of Japan vaccinated, what's next for the vaccine rollout?
Lisa Du, a reporter at Bloomberg's Tokyo bureau, joins us to give an update on Japan's vaccine rollout and the challenges ahead.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Sep 8, 2021
‘Best Day Walks Japan’: A more relaxed approach to hiking in Japan
Lonely Planet's helpful new guidebook covers 60 accessible walks throughout Japan, with accompanying maps and photographs showing off Japan's wilder side in full color.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 6, 2021
One and done — Prime Minister Suga’s sudden resignation
The Japan Times' political correspondent, Satoshi Sugiyama, discusses Suga's sudden resignation and who might replace him as prime minister.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 1, 2021
Why a more accessible Japan is better for everyone
How can Japan become more inclusive and accessible as it moves beyond the Paralympic Games?
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 25, 2021
What will be the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics?
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and with no fans to watch them, will the Paralympics lead to a more inclusive society in Japan or will they fail to make a lasting impression?
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 13, 2021
Theremins and gold medal wins: Farewell to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
We take a look back at the closing moments of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 9, 2021
How we saw it: The Silent Olympics
As brilliant as the competition was, without spectators to share in the spectacle, the Tokyo Olympics lost their soul.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 8, 2021
Japan's Yumi Kajihara wins silver in track cycling
Kajihara's medal came in front of a rare crowd of fans at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 7, 2021
Japan takes silver and bronze in women's sport climbing behind Slovenia’s Janja Ganbret
Slovenia's Janja Ganbret took the women's title in the sport climbing competition, edging out Japanese hopefuls Miho Nonaka, who took silver, and Akiyo Noguchi, who won bronze.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 6, 2021
Week 2 at the Tokyo Olympics: A marathon in the heat
We take a look back at the second week of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 5, 2021
Projection mapping elevates 100-meter sprinters to rockstar status
For the first time, an elaborately choreographed projection mapping presentation helped kick off the Olympics' blue ribbon event, the 100 meter finals.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 4, 2021
Japan's Miho Nonaka and Akiyo Noguchi qualify for sport climbing finals
The Olympic sport climbing competition, debuting in Tokyo, is divided into three disciplines: speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing, with climbers scored across all three.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 4, 2021
Japan wins two more medals in skateboarding as Sakura Yosozumi takes gold
The park event made its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following last week's street competition and turned out to be another sport dominated by Japanese teenagers.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 1, 2021
Thrills, spills and gravity-defying tricks as BMX freestyle debuts at Tokyo Games
Gold medalist Logan Martin and the rest of the men's and women's fields put the extreme sport on the Olympic map.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 30, 2021
Thrilling — and dangerous — nature of BMX on full display at Tokyo Games
For fans of extreme sports, BMX racing is surely in the top tier as one of the most exciting competitions to watch at the Tokyo Games. It's also among the most dangerous.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 30, 2021
Week 1 at the Tokyo Olympics: Gold, Covid and Naomi Osaka
We take a look back at the first week of Olympic madness in Tokyo.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 28, 2021
In Olympic cycling, Anna Kiesenhofer shocked the Dutch — and even herself
When the Tokyo Games conclude, one of the most remarkable stories will be that of cyclist Anna Kiesenhofer, who took gold in Sunday's road race against a field packed full of talent.

Longform

Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals