Alex K.T. Martin


Alex K.T. Martin
Alex K.T. Martin is a Tokyo-based journalist and senior writer at The Japan Times, primarily focusing on feature stories. Previously he was a Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
Feb 3, 2011
Publishers to Baidu: Delete our works
Tokyo-based Kodansha Ltd. said Wednesday it has warned Chinese search engine giant Baidu that unless it deletes from its library site manga and novels the firm publishes, it may resort to legal action.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2011
Foreigners solicited, hard-pressed to stay
Despite sending his resume to more than 15 companies, Bryan Cheng, a Taiwanese graduate student at Waseda University in Tokyo, hasn't received any positive replies.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2011
Ichihashi book details life on run
Accused killer Tatsuya Ichihashi has written a book that will be released Wednesday detailing his 31 months on the run after fleeing police who went to his Chiba apartment in 2007 to inquire about missing Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker.
Jan 14, 2011
Young men, couples shunning sex
Young Japanese men are growing indifferent or even averse to sex, while married couples are starting to have it even less, a recent government survey says.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2011
Japanese women 'can have it all'
As a female CEO in a nation known for its male-dominated corporate ranks, Kumi Sato says it is her mission to spread the message that despite the challenges posed by social and gender expectations, Japanese women could "have it all" if they wanted.
Jan 3, 2011
Japan not alone in demographic conundrum
Second in a series
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2010
Kabuki going strong, 400 years on
The media frenzy over kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo's drunken midnight brawl in Tokyo last month may be a testament to how, 400 years after its birth, the genre remains a highly popular form of entertainment integral to Japanese culture.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2010
Women in Afghanistan receive free literacy, IT lessons
Second in a series
Japan Times
Dec 11, 2010
Japan, EU encouraged to share consumer safety info, knowhow
Protecting the safety and interests of consumers is essential in an age of rapid globalization, and both Japan and the European Union could benefit from exchanging practical information and experiences, journalists and experts agreed during a recent conference.
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2010
Kabuki star apologizes for drunken brawl
Kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo, injured during a midnight brawl in a Tokyo bar late last month, apologized Tuesday for disappointing his fans and promised to keep away from alcohol.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2010
Dead American's kin seek justice
Family and friends of Hoon "Scott" Kang say the 19-year-old's death in Tokyo in August left too many questions unanswered and are seeking ways to shed more light on the case.
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2010
Tycoon's mansion now campus landmark
One of the final works of English architect Josiah Condor before his death in 1920 was the Tokyo manor of Duke Tadashige Shimazu, a house built in Italian Renaissance style that has become the symbol of Seisen University.
Dec 2, 2010
UNESCO selects Nicol woodland
The UNESCO branch in Japan announced Wednesday that writer and environmentalist C.W. Nicol's Afan Woodland Trust has been registered as one of its "future heritage sites."
Nov 27, 2010
Don't let parcel plot spoil gift-giving plans
Those who plan on sending Christmas gifts to the United States this holiday season may want to think twice now that parcel delivery companies are restricting U.S.-bound mail at the behest of airlines complying with new U.S. counterterrorism measures.
Nov 20, 2010
Cram school buys out Shane English School
Cram school operator Eikoh Inc. said Friday it has acquired Shane English School to strengthen its English-language education for elementary school children ahead of the planned compulsory teaching of the language for fifth- and sixth-graders.
Nov 20, 2010
Mongolia leader here for loan, ties
Japan and Mongolia can benefit by strengthening their strategic partnership and combining Japan's advanced technology with Mongolia's abundant natural resources, Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj said Friday in Tokyo.
Nov 17, 2010
Media bent on derailing ruling DPJ: van Wolferen
The domestic media's penchant for focusing on political power games instead of policies is hampering the ruling Democratic Party of Japan's attempts to govern, veteran correspondent and Japan expert Karel van Wolferen said Tuesday.
Nov 3, 2010
Noda to opposition: Cooperate on budget
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a financial policy speech Tuesday called for the opposition camp to cooperate and help swiftly pass the supplementary budget for fiscal 2010.
Japan Times
Oct 26, 2010
LDP by-election win may be slap at DPJ but little else
Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Nobutaka Machimura's victory Sunday in the Lower House by-election in Hokkaido for the Hokkaido No. 5 constituency has dealt another blow to the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which suffered a huge setback in the July Upper House election.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2010
Okada urges less heat in Senkaku row
Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Katsuya Okada cautioned both Japan and China not to resort to extreme nationalism following the recent bilateral spat in connection with the Senkaku Islands.


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