Masumi Koizumi, The Japan Times

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The Japan Times


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Past articles by Masumi:

Japan school closures reignite debate on shifting academic year to September start

The pandemic has created an opening to put Japan's students back in sync with their global counterparts, but resistance remains. → Read More

Foreign students in Japan fear pandemic narrows job opportunities

As the outbreak continues to take a serious toll on Japan's economy, those hoping to find work here now fear they will be first to miss out. → Read More

Japan internet providers say they can handle coronavirus-driven surge

Internet traffic in Japan has spiked as more homebound workers and students rely on video meetings and streaming content amid the COVID-19 outbreak, raisin → Read More

Japan's nightlife entertainers head to cyberspace to dodge virus, host clients online

Hosts and hostesses in Japan's famous nightlife industry are turning to remote entertainment sessions as the COVID-19 pandemic forces them to create a safe → Read More

Coronavirus forces Japanese firms to weigh hybrid online-offline shareholders meetings

The country’s corporate law requires companies to set a physical venue for the meeting, but the government has recently relaxed the rules. → Read More

Stranded tourists flock to Tokyo immigration bureau already overwhelmed by seasonal rush

Scores of foreign nationals queued up at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau on Wednesday, as tourists unable to return home — after internation → Read More

To weather Japan's coronavirus crisis, restaurants embrace takeout services and seek regulars' support

Restaurants in Japan are navigating rough waters amid the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring new ideas as they try to come up with ways to remain afloat. As the → Read More

Snow and store closures keep Tokyo crowds at bay over critical coronavirus weekend

A rare late-March snowfall coupled with numerous store closures helped keep Tokyo residents indoors Sunday, day two of a crucial weekend in the city's atte → Read More

'Social distancing' in a pandemic: What does it really look like and what is the cost of draconian restrictions?

As fears over COVID-19 grow and health authorities worldwide urge or even force people to isolate themselves, "social distancing," or shakai kyori senryaku → Read More

In Fukushima, a 'village' aims to lure young people back to disaster-hit town

In a deserted part of Fukushima Prefecture dotted with vacant lots, a sleek modern building stands out. In a workshop inside, a woman with a ponytail weari → Read More

On heels of quarterly loss, Nissan again slashes full-year outlook amid economic uncertainties

After posting only its first third quarterly loss in 11 years, Nissan Motor Co. on Thursday again cut its annual profit forecast due to weak demand and eco → Read More

Japan carmakers brace for supply and demand nightmares due to coronavirus

As many of them know, "it’s impossible to manufacture cars without China.” → Read More

Hilton chases post-Olympic gold by bringing new luxury hotel brand to Kyoto in 2021

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it will open a hotel under its newest luxury brand in Kyoto in autumn 2021, counting on a further upswell in lo → Read More

Japan braces for Chinese New Year tourist influx as concerns over coronavirus grow

Authorities bolster health screenings at airports and urge companies to clamp down on business travel as throngs of Chinese tourists land in Japan wearing masks. → Read More

Japan firms pull staff out of Iran and Iraq amid high tensions

Iran's retaliatory missile attacks against Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops have sparked security fears among Japanese firms operating in the Middle East, w → Read More

Old habits die hard: Japan still struggling with push toward working style reform

At what had been a quiet weekly meeting in April, Mitsuki Shimoji's boss suddenly startled his staff of 20 system engineers, divided among two teams, with → Read More

Chinese murderer of family of four executed in Japan

A Chinese man on death row for the 2003 slaying of a family of four was executed in Fukuoka on Thursday, marking the first inmate put to death since Justic → Read More

SoftBank and University of Tokyo to open business-oriented AI research centers

SoftBank Corp. and the University of Tokyo have agreed to open artificial-intelligence centers staffed with specialists from the university and around the → Read More

Japanese rugby's 'One Team' motto declared buzzword of the year

"One Team," Japan's slogan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, was picked as buzzword of the year on Monday after the Brave Blossoms thrilled fans with their his → Read More

Japanese rugby's 'One Team' motto declared buzzword of the year

"One Team," Japan's slogan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, was picked buzzword of the year on Monday after the Brave Blossoms thrilled fans with their histor → Read More