The public and private use of hot springs is leaving a significant imprint on the environment.
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Japan Times contributor Mara Budgen takes a look at the history of onsen in Japan and asks whether Japan's iconic hot-spring resources are sustainable.
Steps have been taken to create barrier-free facilities ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games. But now that the Paralympics have begun, who is going to ensure such groundbreaking efforts continue?
Latest figures show that women earn on average 44% less than men while also spending five times more time on housework and child care.
Ten years on from the triple disaster of 2011, farming in the region is tentatively getting back on its feet. But can this growth be sustained?
Tracing the journey of how your food gets to your table is becoming easier with the help of apps that allow shoppers to make more informed decisions.
Japanese companies are rethinking how we make, use and dispose of products by creating substitutes to fossil fuel-based plastics.
The Ainu language has been declared critically endangered by UNESCO, with few people left alive today who speak it. The Ainu are Japan's indigenous population and Japan Times contributor Mara Budgen has been meeting with them to better understand their remaining culture, the difficulties they ...
With the Ainu language considered to be on the brink of extinction, global connections are breathing new life into revitalization efforts.
How did authorities determine that the abandoned infant was "foreign"? Was it holding a passport? Giving a thumbs-up gesture? Was it unable to use chopsticks? A reporter from The Japan Times should have investigated. rodney baglole