Kim Harrisberg
For Kim Harrisberg's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Construction works at the site of the proposed Amazon regional headquarters development beyond the Liesbeek River in Cape Town, South Africa
WORLD / Society
Oct 23, 2023
How one river highlights South Africa's land inequality
The river has become emblematic of the myriad of sometimes conflicting land disputes in a country struggling to right the wrongs of the past.
Speech-generating AI works by sifting through reams of data, categorizing how people speak then using an algorithm, to replicate human vocal patterns and speech characteristics.
Oct 23, 2023
Whose voice is it anyway? Actors take on AI copycats
Artists around the world are joining forces to protect their jobs, and their souls, from the ramifications of AI that sounds just like them.
Kenya's President William Ruto addresses delegates at the close of the Africa Climate Summit 2023 in Nairobi on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 7, 2023
Climate summit touts Africa's role as clean energy 'superpower'
While leaders touted Africa's role as a clean energy "superpower," they identified one big snag: a lack of finance to turn that potential into reality.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
No more plundering: Can Africa take control in green mineral rush?
Governments on the continent have increasingly restricted or banned mineral exports in recent years in a bid to boost processing and retain more of the gains.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
The (AI) therapist is in: Can chatbots boost mental health?
Such chatbots are growing in popularity at a time when health resources are stretched, despite concerns from tech experts around data privacy and counseling ethics.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
Are 'sponge cities' enough to curb climate-fueled floods?
A city"s ability to absorb water is one key to withstanding climate shocks, with sponginess dependent on the amount of greenery and other water storage available.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2023
African climate activists fight online surveillance
Online climate activism is on the rise in Africa — a continent that draws mining and oil companies to its rich mineral reserves. But so is surveillance.
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2022
From sex workers to bakers, Twitter business users fear losses
"Every day there's always something going on, and it looks like the site is falling apart," a small business owner said of Twitter.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2022
In carbon markets we trust? New global guidance aims to stop greenwashing
Companies are struggling to find a simple, efficient method to judge the quality of the myriad carbon credits on offer and are seeking clearer guidance.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2022
Uber drivers to protest low pay and unsafe work after leaks
A leak has shown that Uber knowingly flouted laws, duped police and exploited violence against vulnerable drivers as it lobbied governments for access.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2022
From Dhaka to Freetown, climate migration puts cities on alert
Climate change could prompt 216 million people to move within their countries by mid-century, including 86 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2021
Food delivery drivers question safety nets on gig platforms
The gig economy has surged during the pandemic and brought with it concerns from drivers and researchers who say lives are put in danger daily from inadequate training and support.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2021
With funds short, African nations weigh green energy switch and fossil fuel cash
Nations are tapping new oil fields and approving new pipelines u2014 and coal giants like South Africa are finding backing away from an old staple challenging.
Japan Times
Oct 3, 2021
Can South Africa become a model for developing nations ditching coal?
As Africa's No. 2 economy seeks to break its near-total coal dependence, climate experts say one province could serve as a test case for developing nations seeking to cut emissions.
Japan Times
May 18, 2021
In Durban, climate goals are bold, but its poor feel left behind
Activists are demanding a stronger voice for local people u2014 especially the most vulnerable u2014 in plans to tackle climate change, environmental pollution and other problems.


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