Takehiro Masutomo

Takehiro Masutomo

Takehiro Masutomo is a Tokyo-based journalist covering Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. He writes in Japanese, Chinese, English and Bahasa Indonesia. He was previously based in Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore.

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Japan grapples with higher electricity bills as Ukraine war forces rethink of Russia energy links

Russia has been useful for Japan’s energy security especially after 2011 when it moved away from nuclear power. But where Tokyo once drew a line at weaning itself off Russian fuel, it now faces a reckoning.

Russia has been useful for Japan’s energy security especially after 2011 when it moved away from nuclear power. But where Tokyo once drew a line at weaning itself off Russian fuel, it now faces a reckoning.

11 Apr 2022 - 8:33AM
7 years after Japanese student’s death, has anything changed for LGBT community?

Even as sexual and gender diversity are increasingly becoming normalised Japan, with support for same-sex marriages increasing, a chasm still remains between the public and politicians.

Even as sexual and gender diversity are increasingly becoming normalised Japan, with support for same-sex marriages increasing, a chasm still remains between the public and politicians.

19 Feb 2022 - 2:29PM
Dumplings, tai chi and a hint of racism: a Chinatown takes root in suburban Tokyo

Reactions to the sinicisation of an apartment complex reveal the complaints and complexities at the heart of Chinese immigration to Japan

Reactions to the sinicisation of an apartment complex reveal the complaints and complexities at the heart of Chinese immigration to Japan

19 Aug 2018 - 3:09PM
Japan’s open to foreign workers. Just don’t call them immigrants

Facing an ageing, shrinking workforce, Tokyo flirts with breaking a taboo surrounding immigration by preparing to welcome half a million low-skilled foreign workers.

Facing an ageing, shrinking workforce, Tokyo flirts with breaking a taboo surrounding immigration by preparing to welcome half a million low-skilled foreign workers.

30 Jun 2018 - 10:21AM
The small fishing town providing Japan’s nuclear litmus test

In the sleepy coastal town of Kaminoseki, population circa 3,000, one of Japan’s most divisive political debates – the future of nuclear power – is being played out in microcosm.

In the sleepy coastal town of Kaminoseki, population circa 3,000, one of Japan’s most divisive political debates – the future of nuclear power – is being played out in microcosm.

1 Apr 2018 - 11:32AM
Is this school a breeding ground for unicorns? Japan thinks so

The Land of the Rising Sun has shone on big corporations but start-ups have largely remained in the shadows. Now, the mayor of Japan’s youngest city, Fukuoka, is changing that – starting with an incubator in a old school.

The Land of the Rising Sun has shone on big corporations but start-ups have largely remained in the shadows. Now, the mayor of Japan’s youngest city, Fukuoka, is changing that – starting with an incubator in a old school.

25 Mar 2018 - 12:02PM
Just when the TPP thought it was safe … a scandal in Japan and an election in Malaysia come along

A cronyism row surrounding the Japanese PM threatens the chief cheerleader of the re-named pact. And even if Shinzo Abe scrapes by, Malaysian voters could throw a spanner in the works.

A cronyism row surrounding the Japanese PM threatens the chief cheerleader of the re-named pact. And even if Shinzo Abe scrapes by, Malaysian voters could throw a spanner in the works.

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