Elaine Kurtenbach

For Elaine Kurtenbach's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession kicks in

/ Nov 25, 2014

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession kicks in

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could ...

Legacy of Tiananmen looms over Hong Kong protests

/ Oct 6, 2014

Legacy of Tiananmen looms over Hong Kong protests

The legacy of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square looms larger in Hong Kong than in mainland China, where the Communist Party has virtually erased all public mention of it. In this former British colony, hundreds of thousands attend candlelight vigils each anniversary to commemorate ...

Sexist views dent Abe's push for women's rights

Jun 28, 2014

Sexist views dent Abe's push for women's rights

Japanese newspapers splashed front-page photos this week of a Tokyo assemblyman bowing deeply to a female colleague after admitting that he had heckled her with a sexist remark. The uproar over the rude comments aimed at Ayaka Shiomura by some male lawmakers reflects both greater ...