Daisuke Kikuchi

Daisuke Kikuchi is a staff writer at The Japan Times. When not trying to keep up with the country’s myriad music scenes, he is tracking current political trends.

For Daisuke Kikuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

La Nina to bring the heat to Japan this summer

Jun 27, 2016

La Nina to bring the heat to Japan this summer

Cases of heatstroke are likely to jump as temperatures surge this summer amid Japan’s first La Nina phenomenon in six years, according to the Meteorological Agency. La Nina, a natural cooling of parts of the Pacific that alters global weather and generally brings hot ...

Goro Hasegawa, inventor of board game Othello, dies at 83

Jun 23, 2016

Goro Hasegawa, inventor of board game Othello, dies at 83

Goro Hasegawa, who invented the popular board game Othello, died Monday at his house in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and a funeral was held Thursday. He was 83. As chairman of the Japan Othello Association, Hasegawa took part in the World Othello Championship 2006 held ...

Superhero Ultraman thwarted by JR Meguro Station staff

Jun 22, 2016

Superhero Ultraman thwarted by JR Meguro Station staff

Superhero Ultraman was spotted around JR Meguro Station in Tokyo last week and again on Tuesday. Awed eyewitnesses spoke in hushed tones as Ultraman, or a fan dressed as him, entered the station and then turned around and left after station staff asked him ...

Hokkaido eatery encourages diners to treat the needy

Jun 21, 2016

Hokkaido eatery encourages diners to treat the needy

A small restaurant in the city of Obihiro, Hokkaido, boasts an eye-catching sign out front that says “Eat here for free.” It’s not that the restaurant pays for the meal. The other customers do. Inspired by an Italian movement known as “suspended coffee,” which ...

U.S. Navy alcohol ban hurting Yokosuka bar operators

Jun 17, 2016

U.S. Navy alcohol ban hurting Yokosuka bar operators

The U.S. Navy partially lifted an alcohol ban for sailors in Japan on Thursday but kept in place an order banning them from drinking in bars off base. It relaxed a June 6 measure that confined many sailors to base and banned the consumption ...

Japan's dispatched ALTs struggle without a safety net

Jun 15, 2016

Japan's dispatched ALTs struggle without a safety net

In late March, 65 English assistant language teachers, or ALTs, effectively lost their jobs after dispatch agency Interac lost a contract with the Sapporo Board of Education. It was shocking news for the ALTs, many of whom have families to support. “Interac offered people ...

Candlelight vigil held in Shinjuku for Orlando massacre victims

Jun 14, 2016

Candlelight vigil held in Shinjuku for Orlando massacre victims

A large crowd gathered Tuesday evening in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district for a candlelight vigil to mourn the victims of the LGBT nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. The event near Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo’s main LGBT neighborhood, drew over 130 participants. They gathered in Hanazono Nishi ...