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Ayano Shimizu
For Ayano Shimizu's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 10, 2022
Businesses pin hopes on foreign tourists as Japan eases border measures
Economists have said the recent weakening of the yen could encourage visitors to spend more.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
May 3, 2022
Japanese firms turn to four-day week to improve work-life balance
Companies open to the arrangement are hoping staff will acquire new skills or develop a network of contacts through additional education or a second job.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Apr 4, 2022
Tokyo stock market needs more than a shake-up to lure foreign investors
Investors and market observers say they find a recent shake-up less than attractive, saying they are looking more for companies that create innovations to stand out among global competitors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Mar 27, 2022
Japanese energy firms brace for possible supply cut from Russia
Japanese gas and energy firms are closely monitoring the developments of Russia's aggression in Ukraine, with some eyeing non-Russia players as alternative suppliers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 24, 2022
Nikkei falls to 15-month low as Russia launches attack on Ukraine
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 478.79 points, or 1.81%, from Tuesday at 25,970.82, its lowest closing level since Nov. 20, 2020.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Feb 20, 2022
Japanese economy on edge over possible commodity hikes due to Ukraine crisis
The Ukraine crisis has also brought uncertainties to Tokyo's stock market, with some brokers expecting a Moscow-led offensive would send the Nikkei stock average below the 26,000 mark.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Dec 29, 2021
Japanese breakdancers look ahead to Paris Olympic debut
About five decades after it developed in the nascent New York City hip-hop scene, the 2024 Paris Olympics will feature 32 breakdancers competing over two medal events.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Sep 5, 2021
Tokyo Paralympic athletes praise experience but public response mixed
The most unusual Games in history drew positive responses from participants, even as Japan's public remains conflicted over whether or not they should have been held during the pandemic.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Sep 2, 2021
Japan's Shingo Kunieda and Yui Kamiji each reach wheelchair tennis finals
Kunieda, a two-time singles gold medalist and the top seed, defeated Britain's fifth-seeded Gordon Reid 6-3, 6-2 at Ariake Tennis Park.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Sep 2, 2021
On TikTok, Paralympic swim champ Anastasia Pagonis raises awareness about blindness
Her videos range from explaining how she sends text messages to how she avoids head-butting the wall at the end of the pool.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 31, 2021
Japan swimming veteran Mayumi Narita gets fairytale ending
At 51, the 15-time gold medalist says that her Paralympic journey 'went by like a flash.'
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 27, 2021
Takayuki Suzuki remains focused on more medals after winning Japan's first gold
Swimmer Takayuki Suzuki remains on track to meet his goal of winning a medal in every event in which he competes in at the Tokyo Paralympics after grabbing Japan's first gold Thursday.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 26, 2021
Fun the secret to success for Japan's youngest medalist
Fourteen-year-old Miyuki Yamada makes history in the pool at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 17, 2021
Japan's largest-ever Paralympic team looks to build on Olympic momentum
The 464-member team is targeting a record 20 gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 3, 2021
Japan's summer heat an Olympic challenge for competing athletes
'The organizers could have predicted that the temperature would be this high,' said a fan of the Games in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 31, 2021
As Olympic fever hits Japan, virus threat looms ominously
Although the surge in COVID-19 cases has not been directly linked to the Games, the celebratory atmosphere that followed their kickoff may play a role in the virus's spread, one expert said.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 22, 2021
Olympic surf town aims to ride a big wave of interest
The local government of Ichinomiya, Chiba Prefecture, promotes a policy of 'Surfonomics' to get the greatest possible financial benefit out of the new addition to the Games.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2021
IOC's Bach says Tokyo Olympic cancellation not option despite COVID-19
The head of the International Olympic Committee said going ahead with the games this summer was decided in the interest of athletes preparing for the games for many years.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2021
Tokyo LGBTQ center head hoping Olympics spark social change
Operators of Pride House Tokyo aim to offer a place for sexual minorities, especially young people, who have talked of losing access to support networks during the pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 22, 2021
IOC says Olympics can be held even if Tokyo is under a state of emergency
'I can say it's now clearer than ever that these games would be safe for everyone participating and, importantly, safe for the people of Japan,' IOC executive John Coates said.

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