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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Oct 6, 2019
Japan's surfing towns prepare to cash in on Olympic wave
Surfing spots across Japan are looking to ride a wave to economic revitalization before the 2020 Tokyo Games, when surfing will make its Olympic debut.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Mar 19, 2017
Shareholders, former employees watch as Toshiba's fortunes fall
Shareholders, former workers brace for impact as ailing 142-year-old electronics conglomerate appears bound for crisis.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Mar 19, 2017
Toshiba turnaround hopes, planned sale of Westinghouse find skeptics
Toshiba Corp. has been forced to sell off a number of its businesses as it continues to lose money since its accounting scandal broke in 2015, and is now burdened with its troubled U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Jan 15, 2017
Japan gropes for cyberattack solution as victims suffer in silence
Last November, chilling news made headlines nationwide — the internal communications network of the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces had been hacked in September, possibly by another nation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Nov 21, 2016
VR wave to leave Japan awash in business opportunities
New technological innovations have a tendency to create new business opportunities, and the latest craze, virtual reality, is no exception.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Nov 21, 2016
Porn makers want sexual fantasies to become virtual realities
In June, hundreds of people thronged a small virtual reality event in Tokyo's Akihabara district, forcing the organizer to cancel it halfway through.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Nov 20, 2016
Believe it or not, virtual reality's takeover now underway
For game lovers, 2016 is likely to be remembered as the year when virtual reality technology, having become widely affordable, began to take over.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Oct 16, 2016
Wide-ranging Imperial reform likely too sensitive to tackle for now
As an advisory panel readies to discuss the issue of the Emperor's abdication, some say Imperial reform is likely too sensitive a subject to touch for now.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Sep 18, 2016
Freezing of Tsukiji relocation plan draws cheers, jeers
Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, has been "extremely shocked" twice in the past two weeks by the latest twist in the world-famous fish market's relocation plan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Aug 14, 2016
Rural Japan rail tours push scenic, luxurious journeys into the unknown
When planning a trip to Japan, tourists are most likely to pack destinations like Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Akihabara all into the space of a few days.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Jul 17, 2016
Kuma confident about National Stadium's prospects ahead of 2020 Games, clears up gripes about design
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scrapped Zaha Hadid's design for the new National Stadium on July 17 last year, many feared the venue might not be completed in time to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Jun 19, 2016
Japanese researchers take artificial intelligence toward the final frontier: creativity
It was a dark, overcast day, with clouds hovering low.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
May 15, 2016
Mie's revenue hopes dampened by G-7 security barrage, Obama detour
Hopes in Mie Prefecture for tourism growth after the Group of Seven Ise-Shima summit from May 26 to 27 remain high. But with tourists worried about heavy security and U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima stealing the spotlight, residents aren't so sure what the situation will be during the summit itself.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Apr 17, 2016
Day care crisis stuck in vicious cycle
The employee was in the throes of desperation as her maternity leave drew to a close in mid-March.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Apr 17, 2016
Baby sitter option gains little traction amid parental reluctance
Nearly half of parents in Japan who responded to a recent survey by The Japan Times have considered using baby sitters but have not done so, with many citing lack of know-how on finding the right sitters as well as financial constraints.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Feb 15, 2016
Kanazawa retirement community a relocation-from-Tokyo success story
With its artistic traditions and preserved traditional neighborhoods, the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, has long been known as "Little Kyoto." But over the past year, it has also been seen as a potential model for future continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs, nationwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Jan 17, 2016
Foreign tourism emerges as bright spot amid Japan's dim economic prospects
With few positive signs of recovery for Japan's slumping economy, foreign tourism remains a sole ray of hope, and tourism authorities, local governments, industry players as well as retailers are eagerly awaiting another possibly record-breaking surge in Chinese tourists during next month's Chinese New Year holiday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Dec 20, 2015
Nuclear power plants feared vulnerable to terrorist groups
Security at France's 58 nuclear power plants was purportedly raised to its highest level last month as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris, stoking concern over the safety of Japan's nuclear facilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Dec 20, 2015
Summit preparations to increase security, but for whom?
Last month's terror attacks in Paris and the closely timed suicide bombings in Beirut have raised fears in Japan of a similar attack to unprecedented levels. With Japan hosting next year's Group of Seven leaders' summit in Mie Prefecture, and a host of smaller ministerial conferences elsewhere around the country, the government announced earlier this month it was stepping up counterterrorism measures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Nov 15, 2015
Revision of Japan's archaic sex crime laws falling short: critics
Mika Kobayashi was 24 and bicycling home from work on a western Tokyo street on Aug. 31, 2000, when a young man drove up and asked for directions. To see his map, she dismounted and leaned in toward the driver's seat.

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