Jack Tarrant
For Jack Tarrant's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 11, 2020
Coronavirus puts an end to Tokyo shop that served ramen for 15 years
Seven other ramen restaurants have closed in the area since March.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 4, 2020
Naomi Osaka inspires own manga character
Japan's three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has inspired a new manga character to appear in an issue of Nakayoshi magazine next month, the publishers announced on Nov. 29.
Japan Times
Oct 30, 2020
Olympic men's champion Kohei Uchimura tests positive for coronavirus
Negative tests next week could allow the reigning Olympic champion to participate in a planned four-nation meet at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Nov. 8.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2020
U.S. gymnasts blaze a trail to Tokyo meet
A chartered flight will bring a team of six Americans to Japan for next month's four-nation event, a major test of anti-COVID countermeasures ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
Aug 18, 2020
Japanese honeymooners, stuck in Cape Verde due to coronavirus, join Olympic team
The pair have impressed the local population and have earned a place supporting the island nation's team.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2020
Human Rights Watch report documents abuse of child athletes in Japan
A Human Rights Watch report has found child athletes in Japan often suffer physical and verbal abuse and sometimes sexual abuse during training.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2020
Naomi Osaka in no mood to back down on support for Black Lives Matter
The two-time Grand Slam champion has been vocal in her support of the protests against racial injustice that are happening around the world.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2020
Six months on, Brave Blossoms captain Michael Leitch reflects on historic World Cup
The New Zealand-born back rower became a symbol of the multicultural squad that achieved Japan's first-ever quarterfinal appearance at the tournament last fall.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2020
Unique solution rolls in to help Muslims pray at Tokyo Games
For the thousands of Muslim athletes, officials and supporters arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games later this year, it may be a struggle for them to find an appropriate place to pray.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2019
Former All Blacks player recalls the day Kamaishi was washed away
March 11, 2011, is a date that will stick long in the memory of former All Black Pita Alatini, and not just because it was his birthday and he was in Japan.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2019
Kyoto team retains its seat in 'Isu-1' office chair grand prix
The rattle of tiny plastic wheels echoed through the normally sleepy streets of Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday morning as the small city about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Tokyo played host to the Japan office chair "Isu-1" Grand Prix.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2019
In race for fluency in time for Olympics, Tokyo great-grandmother proves it's never too late to learn
Setsuko Takamizawa is determined to prove that it is never too late to learn as she bids to conquer the English language before the Tokyo Olympics, having been prevented from learning what was considered the "enemy language" in her youth.
Japan Times
May 23, 2018
Taxi! Tokyo prepares for Olympic tourism boom with accessible cabs and international drivers
Tokyo's taxi industry is undergoing some radical changes as Japan, already dealing with unprecedented levels of tourism, gears up to host two major sporting events in the next 26 months.


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