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Yuri Kageyama
For Yuri Kageyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 19, 2011
Lapses, coverups color public view of nuclear plants
Behind the escalating nuclear crisis sits a scandal-ridden energy industry in a cozy relationship with government regulators, who are often willing to overlook safety lapses.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 12, 2011
Vindication for Toyota man who built up U.S. sales
Toyota's U.S. business has been a lifetime passion for Toshiaki Taguchi from humble beginnings 50 years ago, when barely 100 Toyota cars were being sold a month, to the world's No. 1 automaker today.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 24, 2011
NTT creating sensors for seniors
The nation's top telecom carrier is developing a simple wristwatchlike device to monitor the well-being of the elderly.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 27, 2011
Leaf reverses carmakers' flight abroad
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. — The Leaf electric car is rolling down the bustling assembly line at Nissan's Oppama plant, taking the place of a gasoline-powered compact whose production was moved abroad last year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 2, 2010
Tomy targets big holiday sales in U.S.
Toy maker Tomy Co. is hoping to score a comeback in the U.S. this Christmas with toy trains and cars that boast a 40-year history in Japan but failed previously to catch on abroad.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Dec 1, 2010
Japan hot for global app developers
The iPhone's popularity in Japan is cracking open an industry long thought inaccessible to outsiders.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 30, 2010
Dolphin hunters, activists set to hold parley in Taiji
A town whose annual dolphin hunt was bloodily depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" is hosting the first-ever meeting between antihunting activists and its fishermen to try to find common ground between the two sides.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 7, 2010
Rollins at 80 still wows loyal jazz fans in Japan
Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins — one of the last surviving legends of the golden era of jazz — has just turned 80. His hair is a burst of white, and he staggers a bit when he walks on stage.
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2010
U.S. airlines squeezed as Haneda goes international
Haneda airport will open up to international flights next month as Japan works to maintain Tokyo's status as an Asian travel hub. But it comes with a big catch for U.S. airlines that have been squeezed into the least convenient time slots.
JAPAN
Jun 30, 2010
World's tweet is Japan's 'mumble' on hit Twitter
Twitter is a hit in Japan, succeeding where other social networking imports like Facebook have foundered as millions "mumble" — the translation of tweet — and give miniblogging a distinctly Japanese flavor.
JAPAN
May 26, 2010
Scion a misfit at Toyota helm: expert
An influential writer with ties to Toyota's past presidents is calling for a change of leadership at the recall-battered automaker in a letter to editors of major U.S. newspapers.
JAPAN
May 20, 2010
Women get rare chance for promotion
It shouldn't be surprising that Panasonic's star manager for developing appliances for women is a woman herself — except that this is Japan, a nation notorious for holding back females in the workplace.
JAPAN
May 8, 2010
Activist laments free ride Toyota receives at home
KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Pref. — Japan's most famous consumer activist is watching the safety problems enveloping Toyota with a sense of frustration.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 3, 2010
Showrooms get i-MiEV, first cheap electric car
Japan's first mass-market electric car arrived in showrooms Thursday as the futuristic technology becomes more affordable amid a burgeoning price war.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 27, 2010
Toyoda's tears win over Japan
He hasn't bowed in apology. He hasn't resigned. But this week Toyota President Akio Toyoda did perform one of the typical rituals of a Japanese executive under attack: He wept publicly.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 24, 2010
Don't expect an assertive Toyoda
Americans are likely in for a surprise if they expect Toyota President Akio Toyoda to put on a show of authoritative "the-buck-stops-here" clout at Wednesday's congressional hearing on the automaker's massive recalls.
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2010
Can 'prince' Toyoda cut the mustard?
Toyota President Akio Toyoda, known as "the prince" in Japan, was groomed for years to head the automaker his grandfather founded.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 7, 2009
Tuna farming getting a boost as species suffers
KUMANO, Mie Pref. — Thousands of tuna, their silver bellies bloated with fat, swim frantically around in netted areas of a small bay here, stuffing themselves until they grow twice as heavy as in the wild.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 10, 2009
Widow asks Toyota to move now on floor mat accelerator hazard
Two years before the fatal accident that prompted Toyota Motor Corp. to warn 3.8 million U.S. car owners to take out floor mats, Troy Johnson died in a crash also suspected of being caused by a floor mat jamming an accelerator.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 6, 2009
Hyundai sends chills down rivals' spines
Hyundai Motor Co. — not the up-and-coming Chinese, nor the leaner meaner Americans — is the automaker that has the Japanese seriously worried.

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