Elaine Lies

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

Incoming Imperial monarchs offer Japan something new

National Apr 29, 2019

Incoming Imperial monarchs offer Japan something new

Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Crown Princess Masako, represent a lot of firsts for the nation's next Imperial monarchs: university-educated, multilingual and with years of experience living overseas, during which the monarch-to-be even did his own laundry. As they prepare to carve out identities ...

Uno eager to escape Hanyu's shadow

Figure Skating Jan 14, 2018

Uno eager to escape Hanyu's shadow

Shoma Uno first stepped on the ice at five, but it was the rough-and-tumble of hockey he had his eyes on — until a chance meeting with a figure skater changed everything. The skater was Mao Asada, now a household name and two-time Olympian who ...

Abe's support rate slides to under 30%, poll says

National / Politics Jul 14, 2017

Abe's support rate slides to under 30%, poll says

Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, battered by a smoldering scandal and a perception that he is taking voters for granted, has fallen below 30 percent, the lowest since he returned to power in 2012, a survey released on Friday showed. The suspicion of ...