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Rob Gilhooly

Rob Gilhooly is an award-winning British photographer and writer whose work has appeared in publications around the globe, including the Guardian and New Scientist. He was formerly a staff writer at the Japan Times and has contributed as a freelance since 2002. In 2004, he obtained an MA in journalism. His website can be found at www.japanphotojournalist.com

For Rob Gilhooly's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

Jan 30, 2016

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

Adorning the walls of Kanji Nishi's three-roomed apartment are a dozen framed photos. None features his children, Shota and Chisato, who are sitting cross-legged on the floor shunning smartphones for origami artistry. Instead, Nishi is seen posing alongside a different kind of pride and ...

Growing old, gracefully: senior citizens in the workplace

Dec 19, 2015

Growing old, gracefully: senior citizens in the workplace

For Eiji and Kumiko Ishikawa, the working day starts as early as 5 a.m. Having loaded the requisite equipment into their van, they set off for their first job of the day, a 14-story high-rise in western Tokyo. They unload mops and brushes, roll out ...

Taiji drops anchor on dolphin hunts despite increasing pressure

Sep 19, 2015

Taiji drops anchor on dolphin hunts despite increasing pressure

On the harbor road heading east toward Tomyozaki Point, there is a moss-encrusted monument dedicated to an ill-fated whaling expedition in 1878. Facing fierce westerly winds, the fishermen released their catch, a right whale and her calf, and tied their boats together with nets ...

Mercury rising: Niigata struggles to bury its Minamata ghosts

/ Jun 13, 2015

Mercury rising: Niigata struggles to bury its Minamata ghosts

The first thing Koichi Hirota noticed about Komatsu Hoshiyama was that he could not walk in a straight line. As the young neurologist proceeded with his examination in the cramped, sparse ward inside Niigata University Hospital, other symptoms became apparent: The 55-year-old Hoshiyama's body ...

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

Apr 25, 2015

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

The world’s leading zoo organization announces it has lost patience with Japan’s continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspends its Japanese member from its roster.

Japan bucks trend: Captive dolphin biz big

Jul 26, 2013

Japan bucks trend: Captive dolphin biz big

Despite an international trend taking the opposite tack, the number of aquariums in Japan is growing and sales of dolphins continue to flourish, results of an independent study have revealed. Animal welfare groups Elsa Nature Conservancy and Help Animals have collated data from official documents, ...

Taiji dolphin cull inhumane: study

Apr 16, 2013

Taiji dolphin cull inhumane: study

From a cliff above the tiny cove, a stocky, bald man could be seen between tightly drawn lengths of green tarpaulin, a metal rod in one hand, and something long, black and smooth wriggling helplessly under the other. Suddenly, the waters come alive with frantic ...

'Cheating' robot poses tech and ethical issues

| Sep 16, 2012

'Cheating' robot poses tech and ethical issues

Like a child eagerly trying to win some trading cards during a playground huddle, I scrunch up my fingers behind my back before unleashing my hand in time-honored fashion with the Japanese phrase: "Saisho wa gu, janken ... pon!" Me: paper. Opponent: scissors. Result: defeat — again! Never ...

Exoskeletons await in work/care closet

Jun 17, 2012

Exoskeletons await in work/care closet

There are friendly smiles on the faces of the engineering students peering past their PCs and half-finished gadget designs in the Tokyo lab as I try to lift 40 kg of rice. Normally I'd worry about impending humiliation, but today I'm confident my ego ...