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:

A conduit to China, Japan dodges pressure to ban ivory sales

Sep 22, 2016

A conduit to China, Japan dodges pressure to ban ivory sales

Defying international pressure, Japan has stopped short of deciding to shut down its market for elephant ivory, traditionally used to carve hanko (personal seals). Instead it is promising to put trade on a tighter leash. It will oppose a resolution jointly submitted by the ...

Fan club formed to promote Fukushima produce

Sep 14, 2016

Fan club formed to promote Fukushima produce

Nearly 5½ years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, a fan club was launched last week with an ambitious membership goal: gain 200,000 members by 2020 and boost the region’s products in the process. Called Team Fukushima Pride, the project’s fans aren’t devoted ...

Cats take over second installment of biannual Gift Show

Sep 8, 2016

Cats take over second installment of biannual Gift Show

The focus of this year’s Tokyo International Gift Show is an animal that has become a purring and recurring issue in the news recently: cats. A variety of cat-themed products ranging from cushions and slippers to bags and saucers seems to be drawing more ...

Pedal-powered wheelchair a hit for therapy, rehabilitation

Aug 19, 2016

Pedal-powered wheelchair a hit for therapy, rehabilitation

The ongoing effort to improve the wheelchair isn’t just about electricity and advanced technology. TESS Co.’s Cogy wheelchair, designed for people who have trouble walking but can still move their legs, is pedal-powered, says the firm’s representative director, Kenji Suzuki. “You can start pedaling ...