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Keita Nakamura
For Keita Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 17, 2021
Japan's exports grow at faster pace in January on China demand
Exports in the reporting month rose 6.4% from a year earlier to u00a55.78 trillion, up for the second straight month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 29, 2021
Japan's 2020 job availability logs sharpest drop in 45 years
Meanwhile, the annual jobless rate stood at 2.8% in 2020, up 0.4 percentage point from the previous year to log the first increase since 2009.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 18, 2021
Taro Aso vows to revive virus-hit economy and promote structural reforms
The finance minister told the Diet the government will prevent the number of coronavirus infections from rising further 'while supporting employment and business.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 6, 2021
Japan to lose trillions of yen in consumption with virus emergency
One economist said about u00a54.89 trillion ($47.5 billion) of domestic consumption is estimated to disappear due to the state of emergency declaration for the Tokyo area.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 25, 2020
Japan jobless rate falls for first time in five months as economy rallies
Separate data showed the job availability ratio in the reporting month also improved to 1.06 from 1.04 the previous month, up for the second straight month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Dec 22, 2020
Concern as Japan's fiscal discipline further loosened with record budgets
'It's a waste of money to take consumption-stimulating steps through extra budgets at a time when we have yet to contain the spread of the virus,' one economist said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 21, 2020
Japan's Cabinet approves record ¥106.61 trillion budget for fiscal 2021
The budget raises concern over a further deterioration of the country's fiscal health, already the worst among major economies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2020
Japanese startup to establish lunar lander development hub in the U.S.
Ispace hopes to deliver payloads, including research equipment, to the moon in support of future NASA missions.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 23, 2020
G20 vows fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to all nations
At the virtual summit, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga emphasized the importance of guaranteeing universal access by supplying treatment drugs and vaccines for COVID-19.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 21, 2020
Japan firms to demonstrate underground carbon dioxide storage in Indonesia
It will be the first such demonstration project assumed to be subject to the Japanese government's carbon dioxide emission trading program.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 23, 2020
Coronavirus sparks fears of double-dip recession for Japan
If a second state of emergency is called, the effect on the economy could be severe, experts warn.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 19, 2020
G20 finance chiefs warns of sharp contraction from pandemic
The Group of 20 also discussed extending its debt relief program for developing nations and new tax rules for online giants Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2020
Japan's defense white paper takes aim at China's actions during pandemic
The report states that Beijing has been 'taking advantage' of its virus-related assistance to other nations in an attempt to advance its political and economic interests.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 5, 2020
Japan to help shift manufacturing to ASEAN from China after virus disrupts supply chains
Japan will launch a subsidy program to encourage domestic manufacturers to transfer their overseas production bases to Southeast Asia, as the coronavirus pandemic has greatly disrupted their supply chains heavily dependent on China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Apr 8, 2020
Skeptical economists call Japan's largest-ever stimulus package 'puffed up'
To counter the economic crisis caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Japan adopted on Tuesday its largest-ever emergency economic package worth ¥108 trillion, equivalent to about 20 percent of its gross domestic product.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 31, 2020
Tsunami-hit Miyagi city waits patiently for Olympics to showcase revival
Every Sunday morning, a decades-old market in Miyagi Prefecture is crowded with local residents and tourists making their way down narrow aisles and checking out a variety of fresh seafood.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Mar 23, 2020
Japan's economy at critical juncture as coronavirus puts growth and Olympics at risk
Slammed by the coronavirus outbreak, Japan's economy is facing its biggest challenge in over a decade, with analysts warning of a technical recession and worse if the Summer Games are canceled.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Mar 23, 2020
Japanese company wants diners to eat everything, including the plate
In the future, when someone implores a dining companion to 'finish off the meal,' it just might mean that they are expected to eat the plate and cutlery, too.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 28, 2019
Japan's naval dispatch to Middle East a 'product of compromise' between Iran and U.S., experts say
Experts term the decision to send Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel to the Middle East for independent information-gathering a u2018product of compromise.'
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 17, 2019
Chilly Ishinomaki taps olive oil to boost tsunami recovery
The scene of olive trees bearing green and black fruit in November is growing familiar to residents of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, a city that often sees temperatures drop to below zero in the winter months.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on