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:

May 25, 2016

NTT Docomo app update will allow police to track phone's location

Mobile carrier NTT Docomo said Wednesday that users who update its app, which currently enables users to track down lost phones, will thereby allow the carrier to provide location information to investigative authorities without informing them. Earlier this month, NTT Docomo said five smartphone ...

'Back to the Future' car's auction bid soars out of this world

May 18, 2016

'Back to the Future' car's auction bid soars out of this world

Forget about “Back to the Future.” Universal Studios Japan wants to get back to reality after a bidding war saw the price of a life-size replica of the time-traveling DeLorean from the popular movie hit ¥9,999,999,999 (about $91.5 million) on the Yahoo Auctions website ...

Privacy Visor thwarts facial-recognition tech

May 13, 2016

Privacy Visor thwarts facial-recognition tech

With improvements in facial-recognition technology and the increasing popularity of smartphones, the threat to one’s privacy unexpectedly posed by random Internet photos posted by strangers is growing day by day. To protect against unwanted scrutiny, trading company Nissey Corp., based in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, ...

Soba noodle association develops fun test for allergies

May 12, 2016

Soba noodle association develops fun test for allergies

One of the major attractions for foreign tourists in Japan is delicious washoku (traditional cuisine). But visitors may not know that one dish includes an ingredient that can cause life-threatening allergic reactions — soba. To promote safety, an association of soba shops in the ...

Japanese hail Hiroshima visit, say apology not needed

May 11, 2016

Japanese hail Hiroshima visit, say apology not needed

On the streets of Tokyo, a majority of people reporters spoke to on Tuesday said U.S. President Barack Obama does not need to say sorry during his May 27 visit to Hiroshima. And an online poll by The Japan Times, which sampled viewers worldwide, ...

Kyoto Prize to begin laureate lectures in Oxford

May 9, 2016

Kyoto Prize to begin laureate lectures in Oxford

The University of Oxford and the Inamori Foundation on Monday announced that future winners of the Kyoto Prize will be invited to address audiences of decision-makers in the United Kingdom. The program will be called the “Kyoto Prize at Oxford.” “Partnership with Oxford would ...

Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music, dies at 84

May 8, 2016

Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music, dies at 84

Isao Tomita, the synthesizer pioneer who composed the score for Tezuka Osamu’s anime “Kimba the White Lion” and NHK drama “Hana no Shogai,” died of heart failure Thursday at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital. He was 84. On Sunday, a message on Tomita’s official Facebook ...