Motoko Rich

The New York Times


  • Currently is the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times
  • She has been a reporter with The Times since 2003, and has covered real estate, publishing, economics and education.
  • She started her journalism career at The Financial Times in London and worked at The Wall Street Journal for six years in Atlanta and New York.
Japan Dispatch: Japan’s Enchanting Ice Monsters, Claimed by Climate Change

Mar 14

A ropeway over snow-covered trees to the peak of Mount Zao, which draws tourists from around Asia to see the “juhyo,” as the snowy formations on trees are called in Japanese. Climate change now threatens them.

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Failed Hanoi Meeting Has U.S. Allies in Region Asking: What’s Next?

Mar 1

After the breakdown of talks between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, Japan and South Korea are trying to figure out the consequences.

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‘We Are Koreans’: Diaspora in Japan Looks to Trump-Kim Summit With Hope

Feb 25

Among the descendants of families that came to Japan when Korea was its colony, there is hope that a political thaw could ease the North out of its isolation.

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Shinzo Abe Won’t Say if He Nominated Trump for a Nobel Prize

Feb 18

Such an nomination would be in keeping with the Japanese leader’s careful courting of the United States president. Critics said it would be “shameful for Japan.”

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The $89,000 Verdict Tearing Japan and South Korea Apart

Feb 13

Lee Hee-ja, 75, a South Korean activist whose father died while forced to work for the Japanese military, at the Museum of Japanese Colonial History in Seoul. “The governments got what they wanted. The victims were victimized again,” she said.

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The Saturday Profile: ‘Shoplifters’ Director Pierces Japan’s Darker Side

Feb 8

“I don’t portray people or make movies where viewers can easily find hope,” says Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of the Oscar-nominated film “Shoplifters.”

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Japan’s Working Mothers: Record Responsibilities. Little Help from Dads

Feb 2

Men in Japan do fewer hours of housework and child care than in any of the world’s richest nations. That keeps women from getting better jobs and holds back the economy.

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Carlos Ghosn Says He’s the Victim of ‘Plot and Treason’ by Rivals at Nissan

Jan 30

The embattled auto executive told Nikkei Asian Review that leaders at the company had sought to have him removed because of his plans to “integrate” further with Renault and Mitsubishi Motors.

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Carlos Ghosn Declares His Innocence and Is Denied Bail in Japan. That’s a Pattern.

Jan 28

Prosecutors in Japan can detain defendants for weeks before bringing charges, arrest them time and again, and interrogate them without their lawyers.

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Carlos Ghosn Is Denied Bail as Jail Stint Looks to Continue

Jan 22

A Tokyo court rejected an offer that the fallen Nissan chairman hire private security guards and surrender all of his passports.

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Carlos Ghosn Offers Higher Bail and Security Guards in Bid to Be Freed From Jail

Jan 20

Mr. Ghosn is offering to personally pay for an apartment along with private security guards as he fights Japanese charges of financial misconduct.

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Carlos Ghosn Faces New Charges in Japan as Pressure Mounts

Jan 11

Prosecutors made fresh accusations on Friday against the former Nissan chairman, setting up a legal battle that could keep him in custody for months.

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Carlos Ghosn, Emerging in Public, Lays Out His Defense

Jan 8

Carlos Ghosn’s image on a TV news program in Tokyo on Tuesday. The former Nissan chief said he had “never received any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed.”

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Carlos Ghosn Defends Himself in First Public Remarks

Jan 8

Mr. Ghosn, the ousted Nissan chief, made his first public appearance since his November arrest to defend himself in a Tokyo court against charges of financial wrongdoing.

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North Korea’s Envoy to Italy Disappears, Raising Suspicions of a Defection

Jan 3

Cho Seong-gil, whose term in Rome was nearing its end, has been in hiding since early November, according to a South Korean lawmaker.

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Kim Jong-un, Ready to Meet Trump ‘at Any Time,’ Demands U.S. End Sanctions

Jan 1

In his New Year’s Day speech, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said he was ready to meet with President Trump again, but warned against continued sanctions against his country.

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The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

Dec 30

Mr. Ghosn, the ousted Nissan executive, wasn’t supposed to succeed in Japan, but he never expected to fail like this. He faces charges of financial wrongdoing at the company he helped save.

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Carlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Chairman, Faces Setback in Japan

Dec 21

Authorities rearrested the once powerful auto executive for breach of trust, diminishing the chance that he will be freed on bail in coming days.

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Nissan Board Member Thought He Was Going to a Meeting. Then He Was Arrested.

Dec 20

A monitor showing Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan chairman, left, and Greg Kelly, a board member, on a news program in Tokyo last month. Mr. Kelly’s family and his American lawyer say he was lured to Japan to attend a board meeting but was arrested when he arrived a…

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Arrest of High-Flying Nissan Boss Sheds Light on Japan’s Justice System

Dec 19

Carlos Ghosn is being held as prosecutors question him daily. Investigators are exploring possible financial wrongdoing related to his nearly 20-year career at Nissan.

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