Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times

Satoshi Sugiyama

The Japan Times

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Past articles by Satoshi:

The 2.5 seconds that sealed the fatal lapses in Shinzo Abe's security

The failure to protect Abe from a second shot followed what appeared to be a series of security lapses in the lead-up to the assassination of Japan's longest-serving prime minister. → Read More

Kyoto's love-hate relationship with tourists endures as yen weakens

Attitudes in the city reflect a broader uncertainty in Japan about welcoming tourist hordes amid fears they could trigger a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. → Read More

Toyota misses May global production target in third month of shortfall

The world's largest automaker by sales said it produced 634,940 vehicles globally in May, 5.3% fewer than in the same month last year and short of its target of about 700,000. → Read More

ANA plans belt-tightening before fare hikes, says incoming CEO

Koji Shibata also said that the crisis in Ukraine is so far having a limited impact on the airline's earnings. → Read More

Kishida gears up for test of his mettle in parliament ahead of key election

Success for the prime minister depends on how well he oversees the passage of a record-breaking fiscal 2022 budget — all while tackling COVID-19 and fending off opposition challenges. → Read More

How Kishida's political journey has shaped his views on China

The prime minister's factional background and time as foreign minister have influenced his thinking on Japan's neighbor and will play a role in determining what line he takes with Beijing. → Read More

Land ministry overstated construction orders data for years, potentially inflating Japan's GDP

The land ministry was "rewriting" monthly data from about 12,000 select companies since 2013, at a pace of about 10,000 entries per year. → Read More

Kishida reverses government’s position on cash handout

After weeks of a vacillating central government and frustrated local officials, the reversal raises questions about intraparty cooperation. → Read More

In speech, Kishida lays out bold plans for health, economic and defense policies

The prime minister introduced an array of specifics, including details about booster shots, tax credits and national security. → Read More

Omicron threatens to blunt Kishida’s momentum as parliament session begins

Confusion over tough entry restrictions prompted by the new COVID-19 variant has thrown a wrench into the leader's plans while emboldening the opposition. → Read More

Kishida's picks for top diplomat and rights adviser hint at striking balance on China

After just over a month in office, some experts say Kishida may be looking to moderate an increasingly hawkish approach to Tokyo's relationship with Beijing. → Read More

With momentum on his side, Kishida ready to roll out key policies on COVID-19 and economy

While Wednesday's legislative session to re-elect Kishida might have appeared to be ceremonial, one thing is clear: He is now on a much more solid footing within the LDP. → Read More

LDP backs Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi for party’s No. 2 role

The choice of Motegi as secretary-general underscores Kishida's desire to stabilize his power base within the party, as the appointee is close to LDP power brokers Shinzo Abe and Taro Aso. → Read More

The LDP won the Lower House election, but it has few reasons to celebrate

Despite achieving a strong majority of its own, high-profile upsets and a reduced ruling coalition seat count have taken the edge off victory. → Read More

LDP projected to secure majority in Lower House election

NHK projected that the party will win at least 233 seats against the 276 it had before the election. → Read More

Pre-election briefing: Here's where the parties stand on the issues

With everything from the pandemic to nuclear power weighing on voters' minds, there has been increased discussion about the direction that Japan should take. → Read More

As Lower House campaign begins, national security takes new prominence

The economy and fight against COVID-19 remain the top issues for voters, but they are increasingly concerned about threats from China and North Korea. → Read More

Issue of national security looms large in Lower House campaign

The economy and fight against COVID-19 remain the top issues for voters, but they are increasingly concerned about threats from China and North Korea. → Read More

North Korea tests apparent sub-launched ballistic missile for first time since 2019

The weapons test came as campaigning for a crucial Oct. 31 Lower House election kicked off and as nuclear envoys from the U.S., South Korea and Japan held talks in Washington. → Read More

Lower House dissolved as Japan shifts into election season

Kishida is heading into the vote facing a balancing act between placating conservative voters and LDP lawmakers, and seeing off a more united left-leaning opposition. → Read More