Hidetoshi Takada

For Hidetoshi Takada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Free-wheeling go-kart tours  raise traffic safety concerns

Jul 13, 2017

Free-wheeling go-kart tours raise traffic safety concerns

Convoys of go-karts reminiscent of Nintendo Co.'s "Mario Kart" video game series have been turning heads in Tokyo's traffic, but the rental companies behind them, which cater mostly to foreign tourists, are facing growing scrutiny over their safety records. Tourists dressed as Mario and other ...

'Sharing economy' takes off in Japan despite barriers

Dec 27, 2016

'Sharing economy' takes off in Japan despite barriers

Japan's "sharing economy" all but caught fire in 2016, inspired by a growing global trend. Overseas giants such as Airbnb Inc. and Uber technologies Inc. have rapidly spread, and some major cities such as Seoul and Amsterdam promote themselves as sharing cities. In Japan, the private ...