Rob Gilhooly


Rob Gilhooly
Rob Gilhooly is an award-winning British photographer and writer whose work has appeared in publications around the globe, including the Guardian and New Scientist. He was formerly a staff writer at the Japan Times and has contributed as a freelance since 2002. In 2004, he obtained an MA in journalism. His website can be found at
For Rob Gilhooly's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Longform
Sep 12, 2022
Rethinking the ancient origins of Japan’s wine industry
Recent excavations have uncovered Jomon artifacts that could push back our understanding of the nationu2019s early winemaking techniques by several millennia.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jun 20, 2022
Got a complaint? Japan's business owners want you to say it, not spray it.
Japanese firms are struggling to deal with increasingly unreasonable demands from customers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / Longform
Apr 25, 2022
Inside the mind of a mass murderer: Japan's killers increasingly seek notoriety
Violent offenders in Japan are increasingly seeking the notoriety that comes with being sentenced to death for their crimes.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2022
Inside the curious creations of Fujiko A. Fujio
Motoo Abiko, aka Fujiko A. Fujio, made his mark by testing the boundaries of the manga genre with quirky concepts and dark humor.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS / Longform
Feb 21, 2022
After Beijing 2022, uncertainty clouds the future of the Olympics
The Olympic flame flickers amid faltering reforms and fading interest as the pandemic exposes shortcomings in the commercial goals of the Summer and Winter Games.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Dec 23, 2021
Takashi Hara: The commoner who lost his life leading Japan
On the 100th anniversary of the prime ministeru2019s assassination in Tokyo, we examine the peace-loving global aspirations of a man who coveted self-determination over succession.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 19, 2021
Security revamp and passenger awareness urged after train attacks
While such crimes are rare in Japan, the copycat nature of the most recent attack has led to calls for further safety measures on trains and other public transportation.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel / Longform
Nov 15, 2021
Ticket to ride: Shizuoka Prefecture shifts gear on turning Izu Peninsula into Japan’s cycling mecca
Despite its relatively small land mass, the peninsula is replete with a plethora of natural, cultural and historical attractions
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2021
When Halloween met election night in Tokyo
Many revelers said they felt excluded from the political process, and that there was more chance of a zombie invasion than the LDP being ousted from power.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Longform
Oct 18, 2021
The British spy behind the rise in Japan’s naval air power leading up to World War II
William Sempillu2019s mission to Japan 100 years ago led to intelligence leaks that some believe were partly to blame for Japanu2019s audacious attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2021
When Tokyo unveiled its modernity to the world at the 1964 Olympics
The games confirmed Japanu2019s postwar re-integration into the international fold, but also served as a symbol of its modernization.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / Longform
May 17, 2021
The challenges of vaccinating children against COVID-19 in Japan
Trust issues and safety concerns loom as potential hurdles as Japan looks to follow the United States and provide shots for the young.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Remembering 3/11
Mar 11, 2021
The scars remain: Tohoku communities still struggling to rebuild, 10 years on
Limited employment options, lingering psychological issues and population decline have made full recovery a long-term issue for many parts of Tohoku.
Japan Times
Aug 24, 2019
Iwami-kagura: The changing face of a Shimane theatrical tradition
Kneeling on the floor of his atelier in the Nagahama district of Hamada, Shimane Prefecture, master craftsman Katsuro Ka-kita applies the finishing touches to one of his colorful, striking and sometimes terrifying creations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Defining the Heisei Era
Apr 29, 2019
Defining the Heisei Era: Just how peaceful were the past 30 years?
Asked what characteristics best summed up the Heisei Era (1989-2019), 79 percent of Japanese people thought it would be best remembered as being u201cpeaceful and without war.u201d
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2019
Fumi Nagasaka: When Japan is neither in nor out of the picture
For Fumi Nagasaka, photography was born from making friends.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Defining the Heisei Era
Jan 26, 2019
Defining the Heisei Era: The fragmentation of the family in Japan
Hatsune is Akihiko Kondo's dream wife.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 5, 2019
Buoys, fisheries and aquaculture join the internet of things
Combining technology and data, the "internet of things" matches supply and demand, increasing the chances of unwanted fish being returned to the sea alive and making seafood more sustainable.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / The Big Questions
Dec 16, 2018
Emphasis on adaptability for successful global career
The Japanese markets have closed and the trading floor at Societe Generale's Tokyo branch is noticeably less frenetic, even though traders remain glued to their computer screens, keeping an eye on movements in other markets around the globe.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / The Big Questions
Dec 2, 2018
The greater the cooperation, 'the more trust we can build'
There's an episode from Mikhail Galuzin's childhood that he believes likely influenced his chosen career path.


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