Hisashi Ota

For Hisashi Ota's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tepco plea to evacuate enraged Kan

National | LIVES ON THE LINE Sep 23, 2014

Tepco plea to evacuate enraged Kan

10th in a series: A senior Tokyo Electric Power Co. official broke down and wept in the prime minister’s office when the utility felt it had exhausted all options to prevent an utter catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

National Dec 26, 2009

Isle uses exchanges to stem decay

OKINOSHIMA, Shimane Pref. — The town of Okinoshima on Dogo Island, Shimane Prefecture, is trying to stem its depopulation woes by promoting person-to-person exchanges beyond its shores. The island, about 80 km northeast of the Shimane Peninsula in the Sea of Japan, takes about two ...