Nathan Layne
For Nathan Layne's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Former U.S. President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Anti-Trump Republicans wonder: Do I still have a political home?
A voter snapshot highlights how Trump has alienated part of the Republican Party in a way that could hurt him in his likely rematch against Biden.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump's core campaign team of a half-dozen aides is unswervingly loyal to their boss and chooses to stay mostly in the background.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
Inside Trump's election A-team: Lean, mean and largely unseen
A handful of distinctive figures have formed a tight, disciplined inner circle around the former U.S. president in his bid for the White House.
Casey DeSantis introduces her husband, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as he makes a campaign visit ahead of the South Carolina presidential primary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Ron DeSantis ends campaign, endorses Trump as New Hampshire vote looms
The move leaves former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley as Donald Trump's last remaining challenger for the GOP nomination.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump greets attendees at a campaign rally in Indianola, Iowa, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 15, 2024
The Trump voters in swing states who are returning to the fold
To try to understand his enduring appeal, reporters spoke to five Trump supporters in five general election battleground states.
Japan Times
May 11, 2023
Trump jokes about sexual abuse verdict, repeats election falsehoods
An unrepentant Donald Trump held firm to past grievances at the first televised town hall of the 2024 U.S. presidential election.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2022
After disappointing midterms, U.S. Republicans look to fresh faces for 2024
At the first major gathering of possible Republican 2024 presidential candidates this weekend, party members voiced a desire to move on from former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2022
Democrats look to curb losses to Republicans in U.S. Congress
With many of the most competitive races uncalled, it was left unclear whether Republicans would crack Democrats' tenuous hold on power.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2022
Right-wing U.S. sheriffs look to probe claims of voter fraud in 2020 election
Election officials are raising concerns that partisan investigations by sheriffs into baseless voter-fraud claims could undermine public confidence in elections.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 18, 2021
As murders in the U.S. surge, Democrats find a new message: Fund the police
Democratic city leaders are scrambling to boost police budgets amid the deadliest crime wave in two decades, a reflection of how deeply unpopular the "defund" concept has become.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jun 25, 2021
One city 'ready to explode' as U.S. murder rates surge in pandemic
With 34 homicides already this year, Rochester is on pace for a record-high 70 murders in 2021 u2014 a per-capita rate that exceeds Chicago, one of Americau2019s most violent large cities.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2020
Ad behemoth faces claims of conflict of interest in Tokyo Olympic campaign
u201cAdult understandingu201d investigated as a potential conflict of interest for the Japanese advertising giant.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2017
Clash between Japan, U.S. casino moguls throws spotlight on gray zones in FBI bribe probe
In April 2015, a sworn statement submitted in a Nevada lawsuit between rival casino moguls Steve Wynn and Japan's Kazuo Okada contained an unusual assertion. Its author said Wynn's head of security had asked to meet him in Japan and then persuaded him to travel to the United States to talk to federal agents pursuing a different matter: a criminal bribery probe into Okada.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2014
Deutsche execs knew of unchecked wining, dining: FSA
A pattern of spending on hostess bars and overseas junkets for local pension fund officials went unchecked by senior managers at Deutsche Bank's Japanese securities arm, who failed to prevent or turned a blind eye to expenses that could be prosecuted as bribery, previously undisclosed details of a regulatory investigation show.
Japan Times
May 13, 2014
Pachinko parlors face taxing times
Moves toward legalizing casinos in Japan have reignited a debate over the legal status of pachinko, with a potential new tax mooted for a $200 billion gaming industry that has existed for decades on the fringes of the law.
Japan Times
May 11, 2014
Casino moguls gamble on Japan
Two U.S. billionaires bet on rival cities to be the first to open casino resorts in Japan if the government legalizes gambling.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 7, 2014
Lawyer for Japan's Universal offered to pay ex-staffer to stop helping casino probe, document indicates
A lawyer for pachinko machine maker Universal Entertainment offered to bribe an ex-worker to retract a claim the firm paid bribes over a casino project, documents show.
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2014
Sands czar bets he will win Japan casino race
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is willing to bet $10 billion that his Las Vegas Sands will become the leader in casino gambling in Japan, an offer he says his competitors can't match.


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