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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.
For Alex K.T. Martin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Oct 31, 2022
Can Japan’s pandemic-hit amusement parks return with a bang?
Does the opening of Ghibli Park in Aichi Prefecture reflect a turnaround in fortunes for theme park operators in Japan?
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Oct 17, 2022
Work forever: Japan’s seniors brace for life without retirement
Many older Japanese can no longer afford to stop working as demographic woes pressure the nation's labor market and social security system.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Sep 19, 2022
Pitch black: A therapeutic walk into total darkness
Night treks help people in Japan reclaim a primitive fear and reverence toward a world without light.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 4, 2022
As prices continue to rise, Japan’s frugal households get even thriftier
Against a backdrop of a weaker yen and soaring raw material and crude oil costs, over 20,000 products have seen or will see prices raised by an average of 14% this year, research shows.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Aug 29, 2022
How faith and spirituality shape modern Japan
The religious movement behind the grudge held by the man charged with Abeu2019s assassination has cast a fresh light on how religion is perceived and practiced in the nation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Aug 1, 2022
Inside Japan's happiest town
A shrinking community that was fading into obscurity is now considered the nation's happiest town. Whatu2019s the secret behind the smiles in Hatoyama, Saitama?
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / Longform
Jul 18, 2022
Submerged secrets: The hunt for Japan’s underwater ruins
Although the island nation has lagged behind in the field of underwater archaeology, thereu2019s a growing thirst for sunken discoveries.
Japan Times
LIFE
Jul 14, 2022
The rapid rise of round-the-clock fitness in Japan
The worldu2019s largest fitness chain is expanding its footprint in a nation opening up to the merits of building up muscle.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 8, 2022
Former PM Shinzo Abe in 'serious condition' after being shot in Nara
The former prime minister was attacked while giving a campaign speech ahead of Sunday's Upper House election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jun 27, 2022
What evil lurks in the shadow of anonymity?
Fueled by pandemic-induced stress, nameless netizens are directing myriad harmful and threatening messages on the internet with little fear of retribution.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / Longform
Jun 13, 2022
As COVID-19 fears subside, Japan debates the future of masks
How much longer before the nation reaches a tipping point when people start ditching their masks en masse?
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
May 30, 2022
Is Japan happy? Exploring the nation’s evolving views of well-being
Why does a prosperous nation known for its efficient transportation networks, accessible education and universal health care rank so low when it comes to personal views of happiness?
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Longform
May 15, 2022
Documenting Okinawa's changing identity over the past half century
A photographer captures the changes that have taken place in the archipelago since it was returned to Japan 50 years ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 11, 2022
Researchers trace the evolutionary origins of the Japanese wolf
A study suggests the now-extinct Japanese wolf originated through the hybridization of ancient, giant Pleistocene wolves and continental wolf lineages tens of thousands of years ago.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
May 9, 2022
Out of the box: Japan's vending machines get a modern makeover amid pandemic
The health crisis has highlighted the merits of the unmanned dispensers, leading to a flurry of new u2014 and sometimes bizarre u2014 products being offered by the electronic boxes.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 27, 2022
Japan is losing people, but is it all bad?
Staff writer Alex Martin joins to discuss Japanu2019s declining population, and why one town in Saitama thinks itu2019s not all bad news.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / Longform
Apr 11, 2022
As the crow flies: A bird’s eye view of Japan’s urban ecology
Tokyou2019s once booming crow population has plummeted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. What does that mean for the worldu2019s largest city?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Mar 28, 2022
For some shrinking towns in Japan, depopulation isn't all bad news
For the first time, more than half of all municipalities in Japan will be designated by the government as wholly or partially underpopulated from April 1.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 16, 2022
Where is Japan's Great Resignation?
This week, senior staff writer Alex Martin joins to discuss the changing face of work in Japan, and why so few people seem inclined to switch roles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / Longform
Mar 7, 2022
Is Japan on the brink of its own ‘Great Resignation’?
The pandemic has prompted millions across the globe to leave their jobs for more fulfilling, flexible roles. Should Japanu2019s employers be worried?

Longform

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