Stuart Williams
For Stuart Williams's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
An aerial view shows the Eiffel tower by the River Seine in Paris. A plan to hold the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics on the river looks set to go ahead, even after a deadly attack in the French capital at the weekend.
Dec 5, 2023
'No Plan B': France set on Olympics river opening despite attack
Media reports have indicated grave concern within the security forces that the opening ceremony could be vulnerable to attack.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2022
Iran prison fire toll doubles as protest tensions surge
Human rights groups say they doubt the official version of events and fear the real toll could be higher.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2022
Fame no shield from 'frightening' Iran arrest wave
The list of those rounded up so far includes prominent athletes, artists, journalists, lawyers, activists and technology experts.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2022
Iran targets celebrities and media over Mahsa Amini protests
The warnings came after almost two weeks of protests and a deadly crackdown that a rights group says has been marked by "ruthless violence by security forces."
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2022
Iran protest death toll tops 75 as crackdown intensifies, rights group says
The Iranian authorities' official death toll, meanwhile, remained at 41, including several members of the security forces.
Japan Times
Sep 25, 2022
Iran protesters return to streets, defying deadly crackdown
The protests entered their ninth night after the death of a woman in morality police custody, despite a crackdown by security forces in which at least 41 people are believed to have died.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 6, 2022
Iran hands death sentence to two gay-rights activists
The two women were charged with "spreading corruption on earth" u2014 a charge frequently imposed on defendants deemed to have broken the country's sharia laws


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