Gavin Blair

Gavin Blair

Gavin Blair has covered politics, economics, business, entertainment and culture in Japan for publications in Asia, Europe and America for 15 years.

Latest from Gavin Blair

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster: 10 years on from tsunami, Japan’s ghosts linger

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan’s northeast coast, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan’s northeast coast, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster: 10 years on from tsunami, Japan’s ghosts linger
11 Mar 2021 - 12:47PM
In Japan, extreme bids to help hikikomori are causing them further distress

Some Japanese parents are paying as much as US$65,000 for companies to forcibly reintegrate their reclusive children into society.

Some Japanese parents are paying as much as US$65,000 for companies to forcibly reintegrate their reclusive children into society.

In Japan, extreme bids to help hikikomori are causing them further distress
27 Jun 2020 - 8:34PM
National security law: could Japan or South Korea take Hong Kong’s finance crown?

As some Hong Kong firms consider an exit strategy in the wake of Beijing’s national security law, Asian cities are angling for a piece of the action.

As some Hong Kong firms consider an exit strategy in the wake of Beijing’s national security law, Asian cities are angling for a piece of the action.

National security law: could Japan or South Korea take Hong Kong’s finance crown?
29 Jun 2020 - 5:25PM
After SoftBank’s massive losses and Jack Ma’s departure, has CEO Masayoshi Son lost his golden touch?

With massive losses and more boardroom departures, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma, questions are raised about who can rein in Son’s risk-taking impulses.

With massive losses and more boardroom departures, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma, questions are raised about who can rein in Son’s risk-taking impulses.

After SoftBank’s massive losses and Jack Ma’s departure, has CEO Masayoshi Son lost his golden touch?
21 May 2020 - 10:34AM
Coronavirus: Japan’s bid to ramp up ventilator production at risk of being held up by red tape

Plans for carmakers to start building the vital medical equipment appear to have been shelved amid approval processes that can take up to five months.

Plans for carmakers to start building the vital medical equipment appear to have been shelved amid approval processes that can take up to five months.

Coronavirus: Japan’s bid to ramp up ventilator production at risk of being held up by red tape
10 Apr 2020 - 9:52AM
Japan’s invisible problem: enough empty homes to house Hong Kong and no known owners

Japan has an ‘invisible problem’: ownership of an area of land the size of Taiwan is a mystery, and it’s causing problems for disaster relief programmes.

Japan has an ‘invisible problem’: ownership of an area of land the size of Taiwan is a mystery, and it’s causing problems for disaster relief programmes.

Japan’s invisible problem: enough empty homes to house Hong Kong and no known owners
6 Apr 2020 - 9:07AM
US$1 billion down, why is Japan still in love with bitcoin?

Even as other Asian nations pull back, the world’s two largest cryptocurrency thefts haven’t turned Tokyo off the blockchain phenomenon.

Even as other Asian nations pull back, the world’s two largest cryptocurrency thefts haven’t turned Tokyo off the blockchain phenomenon.

US$1 billion down, why is Japan still in love with bitcoin?
6 Feb 2018 - 10:38PM
Japan election – any party you like, as long as it’s Abe’s
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Japanese pacifism: an early casualty of a nuclear North Korea?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Why Japan will profit the most from artificial intelligence
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
A tobacco-free 2020 Olympics ... or is Japan blowing smoke?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Trump’s travel ban evokes painful memories for Japanese-Americans
30 Jun 2017 - 11:01PM
Inside Japan’s host clubs: male geishas or just pretty men?
15 Dec 2016 - 3:33PM
The deeper Trump sinks, the easier Japan breathes
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
How Trump’s White House bid has put Japan on the defensive
8 Oct 2016 - 8:03AM
Why Japan is boosting its missile defences
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM