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Yoshiaki Nohara
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 13, 2017
Rural 'furusato nozei' beer, beef thank-yous costing urban Japan much-needed revenues
Want a free case of craft beer? If you send ¥30,000 or more of your taxes to the town of Yamanouchi in Nagano Prefecture, they'll send you 24 bottles of a locally brewed beer to say thanks.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 29, 2016
Japan's students face uncertain future under cloud of debt
Kengo Kyogoku borrows about ¥122,000 ($1,035) per month in addition to a scholarship and a part-time job, because his mother can't afford to pay his college fees at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo.
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Dec 21, 2016
Kuroda breathes easier, at least for now, as stars align for Bank of Japan
After a long year, the Bank of Japan unexpectedly finds itself in a sweet spot.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 19, 2016
Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines
A withering factory town in the rust belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "robot revolution."
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 12, 2016
Amamiya, aka 'Mr. BOJ,' shapes central bank policy behind the scenes
Masayoshi Amamiya is viewed as so essential to operations at the Bank of Japan that he's known inside the central bank as "Mr. BOJ."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 2, 2016
More adults kept from leaving parents' nests in Asia by harsh economic realities
In some of Asia's biggest economies, young adults are living longer with their parents as they struggle to strike out on their own.
BUSINESS
Sep 29, 2016
IMF sees Japanese talent locked in low-paying jobs
The rich and powerful versus the weak and underpaid.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 16, 2016
Low pay haunts Tokyo's nurseries despite massive demand for places
After 6½ years as a nursery school teacher in Tokyo, Saki Sasamoto had had enough.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 13, 2016
Top Abe adviser urges coordinated stimulus while playing down 'helicopter money'
Japan needs to keep various policy options open, including coordinated action by the government and central bank, key economic adviser Koichi Hamada says.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 8, 2016
Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike
Abenomics has not had much impact reviving the fits-and-starts Japanese economy. That is the verdict of nearly two dozen economists canvassed in a new Bloomberg News survey.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 23, 2016
Forced labor allegations and abuses continue to dog Japan's foreign trainee program
Tang Xili came to Japan in 2013, hoping to earn enough in three years to build a new home for her daughter. Instead, she ended up in a labor union shelter after leaving an employer she says owes her about ¥3.5 million in unpaid wages.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 16, 2015
As jobs-for-life fade, mobility key as workers face a survival reality check
Shuhei Takebe graduated from a prestigious university in Japan. It qualified him to become a day laborer.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 15, 2015
In Japan, the rise of the machines solves a labor problem
The rise of the machines in the workplace has U.S. and European experts predicting massive unemployment and tumbling wages.
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Sep 10, 2015
What Japan's next stimulus may look like as Abe runs on fumes
The anemic economy is prompting calls for another fiscal boost. If history and the government's strained finances are any guide, a package is likely to redirect cash already on the books.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 7, 2015
If 1960s Japan is a guide, recent China turmoil could be just a blip
China's economic slowdown and market crash often evoke comparisons with Japan's bust in the 1990s, a period that saw the world's second-largest economy of the time tip into prolonged stagnation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 8, 2015
As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast
Half a century ago, the Tokyo Olympics ushered in a golden age for Japan's capital, as industrial prowess made it the largest urban complex in history. Now the games are returning to mark the end of that growth.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 24, 2015
Women in Okinawa have Japan's best recipe for liberty, fertility and longevity
Women in Okinawa have more babies and live longer than women from almost anywhere else in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2015
Tokyo's heaving subway system girds for 2020 Olympics
It's Monday morning and Tokyo is going back to work. By 8:16 at Shinjuku Station, the world's busiest, lines of waiting commuters overlap with the people looking to go in the opposite direction. The smell of pastries from a bakery wafts over the stream of people.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 11, 2015
A woman's job in Japan: watch kids, care for parents, work late
Hiromi Nakasaki remembers working past midnight on New Year's Eve and during holidays as a business systems consultant in Japan's notoriously harsh work environment. Last summer, at the height of her career, she quit.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 15, 2015
From immigration to zoning, reforms need central guidance to succeed: adviser
The central government must exert control over the regions to push through regulatory reforms needed for economic revival, said the head of a council on special economic zones.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
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