Yosuke Naito

For Yosuke Naito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

LDP eyes age limit in quest for new blood

National Jan 3, 2003

LDP eyes age limit in quest for new blood

Older lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party may be feeling particularly jittery as speculation of an early dissolution of the Lower House for a snap election circulates in Nagata-cho. As part of efforts to rejuvenate its ranks, the LDP is mulling the introduction of ...

Okinawa election again boils down to two themes

National / Politics Oct 31, 2002

Okinawa election again boils down to two themes

With Okinawa's Nov. 17 gubernatorial election looming, voters are gauging the progress made during the first term of Gov. Keiichi Inamine in addressing local concerns over the concentration of U.S. military bases and efforts to boost the prefecture's economy. The campaign, which officially kicks off ...

Wheelchair designer hopes to get more users on the streets

National | WEEKEND WISDOM Sep 22, 2002

Wheelchair designer hopes to get more users on the streets

Etsumi Okigawa hopes to design as many wheelchairs as possible so their users can become everyday fixtures at schools, offices and street corners. Okigawa is a researcher at Kanagawa Rehabilitation Center, a third-sector medical institution in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture. The 43-year-old is one of Japan's ...

U.S. seeks Japan support on Iraq, come what may

National Sep 19, 2002

U.S. seeks Japan support on Iraq, come what may

Despite Iraq's pledge Monday to grant United Nations arms inspectors unconditional access to suspected weapons sites, the international community should keep a watchful eye on Baghdad's next move, according to a U.S. expert on Middle East and Asia-Pacific security. Richard Fairbanks, counselor at the Center ...

National Aug 14, 2002

Koizumi restraint sidelines Yasukuni row

One year ago, a diplomatic row erupted over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 13 -- two days before the anniversary of Japan's surrender ending World War II -- in the face of protests from China and South Korea. This summer, ...

Business May 28, 2002

Koizumi sits while tax reform tug of war rages

As the government intensifies discussions toward compiling a fundamental tax reform blueprint next month, a new priority is emerging -- using tax breaks as a tool to revitalize the economy. The question is whether the final blueprint will really help revive the faltering economy. Tax ...

Business Apr 30, 2002

'Community currencies' seen fulfilling only half of mission

The recent boom in community "currencies" -- a virtual form of payment being used to promote exchanges of goodwill and business -- seems to have reached a turning point. Although municipalities, nonprofit organizations and local businesses throughout the country have launched some 140 kinds of ...

Business Apr 17, 2002

Japan faces tough sell at G7

Japan is expected to re-emphasize its resolve to achieve structural reforms aimed at revitalizing its economy when finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of Seven major economic powers gather this week in Washington. The meeting, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, will take ...

Domestic, foreign insurers engaged in turf war

Business | INTERNATIONAL RATIONALE Apr 11, 2002

Domestic, foreign insurers engaged in turf war

The deregulation of Japan's insurance sector last year has set domestic and foreign-affiliated companies squarely against each other in the cancer and medical insurance battlefield. The competition has been focused on the securing of marketing channels for these so-called third-sector insurance products, the demand for ...