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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
JAPAN
Jul 21, 2021
The 'Recovery Olympics' take a back seat amid COVID-19 concerns
The Games were supposed to showcase Japanu2019s recovery efforts following the devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Such efforts have been thwarted by the pandemic.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 10, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Enduring legacy
In the final chapter of our five-part series, we look at how the mythos and mystery of the wolf continue to captivate and inspire.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 9, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Territorial threat
Industrialization and deforestation played a part in the Japanese wolfu2019s supposed demise in the early 20th century. More than 100 years later, the ecological crisis is still with us.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 8, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Zoological mystery
The true identity of the Japanese wolf has attracted much research, and yet the elusive carnivore remains one of Japan's greatest zoological mysteries.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 7, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Chance encounter
Hiroshi Yagi has devoted most of his life trying to prove the existence of the Japanese wolf, a saga that began with a series of piercing howls he heard more than half a century ago.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 7, 2021
Trouble stirs amid the quest for gold and glory
Was it an ominous premonition or just another blunder by a gaffe-prone politician?
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 7, 2021
About that ancient Japanese curse that looms over the Tokyo Olympics…
The u201cphantomu201d 1940 Olympics, a haunted tunnel and scandals that rocked Tokyo 2020 u2014 are the games cursed by the ghosts of Japanu2019s feudal lords?
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 6, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Primal howl
In the first installation of a five-part series, we track a four-legged enigma that some believe might still be roaming the nation's mountains and forests.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS / Longform
Jul 5, 2021
Twists and turns: Retracing Tokyo’s tumultuous path to the Olympics
Games organizers have been forced to confront ballooning costs, accusations of plagiarism and bribery, and u2014 to top it all off u2014 a crippling global pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / Longform
Jun 14, 2021
Rethinking housing priorities in Japan in the wake of COVID-19
With remote work likely to remain as one of the pandemicu2019s lasting legacies, developers are coming up with innovative new ways of meeting peopleu2019s expectations toward accommodation and living spaces.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 7, 2021
'Nihonbashi Valley': Tokyo’s old trade quarters transforming into a startup hub
The financial district home to the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Bank of Japan is undergoing a makeover, luring dozens of life science and space technology startups.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 26, 2021
Japanese firms double down on online sales in China amid tourism halt
Demand for Japanese cosmetics is rising as Chinese consumers unable to travel abroad accelerate purchases on e-commerce platforms.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / Longform
May 24, 2021
How COVID-19 is altering consumer behavior in Japan
The coronavirus has changed the way we all shop, but which habits are likely to stay with us when the pandemic subsides?
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 13, 2021
As Olympics near, Tokyo flagged as among most disaster-vulnerable cities
When looking solely at natural disasters and the impact of earthquakes and typhoons on economies, populations and infrastructure, Tokyo and Osaka were listed as high-risk.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 12, 2021
Japanese hotels and travel agencies struggle as virus hits bookings
According to a Japan Tourism Agency survey, more than 40% of respondents in the hotel business said reservations dropped by over 70% between January and May this year.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel / Longform
May 3, 2021
New frontier: The future of tourism in Japan
Japanu2019s travel industry has introduced new ways of attracting visitors amid COVID-19, but will any of these initiatives stick?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 30, 2021
Hit by restaurant closures, Japan's beer-makers double down on canned beer
With the state of emergency dealing a further blow to on-site sales, tapping into the growing market of home drinkers and health-conscious consumers has become essential.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 13, 2021
Fishing and boating lure more enthusiasts in pandemic-hit Japan
Sales of fishing gear and used boats are up, and 2020 saw an increase in the number of Japanese people obtaining boating licenses.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Apr 10, 2021
The changing face of medical care for Japan's older residents amid COVID-19
The prolonged state of social isolation amid the ongoing pandemic is deteriorating the mental and physical health of Japan's seniors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Mar 20, 2021
Leap of faith: Japan’s religious institutions get innovative in pandemic
Temples and shrines nationwide are experimenting with new ways of meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of parishioners.

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