Tomoyuki Tachikawa
For Tomoyuki Tachikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2013
Upper House poll trumps G-20 critique in Abe's mind
Despite skepticism from G-20 countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may continue his extreme monetary easing until the Upper House election to maintain his approval rating.
Jan 31, 2013
'Abenomics' could hurt economy in the long term
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" economic policies retain fiscal expansion as a key pillar of the draft budget for the next fiscal year, fanning concern that Japan's swelling debt could hamper the broader economy in the longer term.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2012
Re-elected Obama won't be Senkaku savior
Analysts say Tokyo is excessively optimistic about U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election and his administration's strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region is unlikely to result in any dividend for Japan.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2012
Diplomatic disputes a blow for DPJ
Despite achieving his prized policy goal of raising the sales tax, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is facing a diplomatic double whammy of territorial disputes with China and South Korea that could deal a fatal blow to his party's three-year rule.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2012
Noda fate in doubt, just six months on
The political environment has become increasingly harsh for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, with the focus on whether he will soon dissolve the Lower House for a snap election to achieve his prized policy goal of raising the consumption tax.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2011
National crisis helps Ishihara stay at helm
Growing hopes for the incumbent's leadership amid Japan's worst postwar crisis helped Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara score a victory in the gubernatorial election Sunday, a month after the March 11 killer quake and tsunami devastated the Tohoku region.


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