Malcolm Foster

For Malcolm Foster's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Trekking in Nepal offers thrilling adventure

Travel Apr 18, 2015

Trekking in Nepal offers thrilling adventure

Dawn's golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top of Poon Hill — at 3,193 meters, ...

China's growing clout felt in Niseko

National Mar 9, 2011

China's growing clout felt in Niseko

NISEKO, Hokkaido — A new language can be heard on the slopes of this popular ski resort in northern Japan: Chinese. Foreign tourists and investors have flocked to scenic Niseko in recent years, giving this rural region a badly needed economic jolt. It is a ...

2010 — not a good year for once-confident Japan

National Dec 30, 2010

2010 — not a good year for once-confident Japan

Japan has been overtaken by China as the world's No. 2 economy. Its flagship company, Toyota Motor Corp., recalled more than 10 million vehicles in an embarrassing safety crisis. Its fourth prime minister resigned in three years, and the government remains unable to jolt ...

Schools going back to the basics

National Sep 9, 2010

Schools going back to the basics

When Mio Honzawa starts fifth grade next April, her textbooks will be thicker. Alarmed that children here are falling behind the kids in rivals such as South Korea and Hong Kong, the education ministry is adding about 1,200 pages to elementary school textbooks, bringing the ...

Tax hike gambit may end up hurting DPJ

Business Jul 8, 2010

Tax hike gambit may end up hurting DPJ

Normally, proposing a tax hike is considered a sure way to lose an election. But Prime Minister Naoto Kan is saying that's what Japan needs to rein in its bulging national debt in the campaign leading up to this Sunday's Upper House election. The poll, in ...