Elizabeth Beattie
For Elizabeth Beattie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Pedestrians along the Bund in Shanghai on Oct. 29. The Chinese government is pushing a narrative that the city will play an important role in reinvigorating the nation’s economy.
Dec 1, 2023
Xi’s Shanghai visit sells city’s ‘innovation’ image
State media video footage using soaring music showed a stoic Xi making a visit to the Shanghai Futures Exchange and watching a robot demonstration.
Pedestrians walk past stores in the Koenji district in Tokyo on Oct. 29.
Nov 23, 2023
Personal shopping services in Japan buoyed by weak yen
Shoppers who cannot physically be in Japan are outsourcing their hunt for bargains to remote shopping services.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency booth at the International Space Industry Exhibition in Tokyo in February
Nov 13, 2023
Japan to create ¥1 trillion fund to develop outer space industry
The ¥1 trillion fund will be allocated over a 10-year period for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as a new global space race heats up.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks at an event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in October.
Nov 10, 2023
South Korea boosts diplomatic reach while North Korea retreats
Seoul has said the expansion is part of efforts to “exert global leadership and bolster our diplomatic power.”
A advertisement in Beijing promoting the Singles Day shopping festival
Nov 10, 2023
China’s Singles Day downbeat amid slumping consumer confidence
Shoppers are increasingly seeking value, looking for cheaper brands amid an overall mood of restraint.
A Grab food delivery cyclist makes a delivery in Singapore on Aug. 21.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 5, 2023
Consolidation looms for Southeast Asia’s food delivery giants
With growth in the sector slowing, companies are slimming down or bolstering their ties with other operators.
BOJ Gov. Kazuo Ueda speaks during a news conference on Tuesday in Tokyo.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 31, 2023
Bank of Japan to allow 10-year yields to top 1%
The development is significant as the central bank has long maintained its strategy of buying up government bonds to control interest rates.
A woman walks past newly unveiled lettering that references the Oct. 29 Itaewon crush in Seoul. A more fully developed memorial was later built to commemorate the event and the more than 150 people who lost their lives.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues / Longform
Oct 27, 2023
One year on, Itaewon's scars remain
A year on from the Itaewon crush, foot traffic in the Seoul neighborhood is picking back up. But what the future of the area is still in doubt.
Li Keqiang, former Chinese premier and head of China's Cabinet, served under President Xi Jinping for a decade from 2013, retiring in March.
Oct 27, 2023
Li Keqiang, the former No. 2 to Xi Jinping, dies at 68
The former Chinese premier had found himself overshadowed by Xi's expanding grip on power.
A banner at the entrance to Shibuya’s Center Street makes it clear this is no place for a party.
PODCAST / deep dive
Oct 26, 2023
The specter of Itaewon has Shibuya spooked
One year on, Elizabeth Beattie joins us to discuss where Itaewon stands after its Halloween disaster, and what its legacy means for celebrations in Japan.
SkyDrive displays its eVTOL flying car at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 25, 2023
Japan’s largest auto show returns with focus on mobility
The organizer has renamed the event for the first time since 1964, with the Japan Mobility Show replacing the Tokyo Motor Show.
A pedestrian walks past an electronic signboard showing data from the Tokyo Stock Exchange and on the Japanese yen after the currency rebounded slightly after hitting ¥150 to the U.S. dollar in overnight trading, along a street in central Tokyo on Oct. 4.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 24, 2023
Germany set to eclipse Japan as No. 3 economy in 2023, IMF says
The yen’s widely watched depreciation has played an outsized role in its projected slide in position.
Elon Musk, owner of the X social media platform and carmaker Tesla, attends the opening ceremony of a new Tesla factory in Gruenheide, Germany, in March 2022.
Oct 18, 2023
X unveils ‘Not a Bot’ paid program and new Japan feature
The new “Not A Bot” subscription method is Elon Musk’s latest way of nudging users toward paying for the platform.
Elon Musk’s X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, is allowing child sexual exploitation material to rampantly proliferate, according to Australian regulators, the latest in a growing list of legal challenges the company is facing.
Oct 17, 2023
Australian regulators latest in series of legal woes for Musk's X
X is allowing child sexual exploitation material to rampantly proliferate across the platform, according to Australian regulators.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of social media site X, attends the Viva Technology conference in Paris in June.
Oct 11, 2023
EU warns Musk over 'illegal' disinformation on X after Israel attack
Everything from video game and movie clips to old images of conflicts are being used to push false narratives across Elon Musk's platform.
Dendrobium orchids — highly sought after due to their use in traditional Chinese medicine — growing in the wild in Nepal.
Oct 8, 2023
The orchid obsession: How science and smuggling meet in a global trade
Love of the flowers has a dark side, with the desire for rare varieties underpinning a robust illegal trade believed to have wiped out entire species.
Japan’s currency reached ¥150.16 per U.S. dollar on Tuesday in New York trading, its weakest value since October 2022. Then, within seconds, it rebounded to ¥147.43 per dollar.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 4, 2023
Yen rebounds from ¥150 to dollar as Japan mum on intervention
The yen quickly strengthened to ¥147.30 against the dollar, with its swift recovery sparking chatter that a quiet intervention had occurred.
Johnny & Associates' outgoing head Julie Keiko Fujishima and its new chief, Noriyuki Higashiyama, bow to express their apology during a news conference in Tokyo last month.
Oct 1, 2023
Johnny's looks toward a revamp as it seeks to salvage tarnished brand
Recent attempts to distance the agency from the long shadow of its namesake have been met with public backlash.
BlackTech, a Chinese government-linked group that has been active since 2010, breached company headquarters through the infiltration of international subsidiaries, according to Japanese and U.S. security agencies.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Japan and U.S. warn of corporate hacking by China-linked group
BlackTech, a group that has been active since 2010, was said to have targeted a variety of sectors including technology and telecommunications.
ASML is the world’s only maker of very high-end semiconductor lithography equipment and is one of Europe’s most valuable technology companies.
Sep 27, 2023
ASML to open Hokkaido facility as Japan's chipmaking push gathers steam
The maker of high-end chip equipment, which currently has eight sites in Japan, plans to grow its headcount by around 40%.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku