Noriko Inoue

For Noriko Inoue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan modernizing workplace conditions to lure new mothers back

National Mar 29, 2018

Japan modernizing workplace conditions to lure new mothers back

With Japan's demographic challenges causing a workforce crunch that is proving difficult for companies to overcome, many are now offering flexible conditions to allow new mothers to return to full-time careers while maintaining their work-family balance. More women, afraid their careers will stagnate while they ...

Japan helping Mongolia improve its public pension system

National Jan 19, 2017

Japan helping Mongolia improve its public pension system

Japan has launched a project to improve the public pension system in Mongolia, sharing its experience in dealing with a rapidly aging society with a country facing a similar demographic shift. Last autumn, 15 officials from the Mongolian central and local governments in charge of ...

Ice climbing emerging as a hot trend among young women

National May 19, 2014

Ice climbing emerging as a hot trend among young women

Japan has for several years seen growing interest in alpine trekking and rock climbing among young women, but a growing number are starting to pick up axes to tackle the more dangerous and demanding sport of ice climbing. Among them is Miyuki Yamamura, 30, who ...

National Jan 30, 2010

Tours off beaten trail find fans, mainly local

KOFU, Yamanashi Pref. — Domestic tours arranged by travel agencies and other entities backed by local governments are catching the fancy of people interested in tours not listed in guidebooks. Eighteen people, including company employees and foreign students from neighboring regions, visited a rice paddy ...