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.

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Fans converge on bookstores to snap up Haruki Murakami's latest work

Feb 24, 2017

Fans converge on bookstores to snap up Haruki Murakami's latest work

Harukists, the die-hard fans of Japan’s leading author, Haruki Murakami, gathered late at night Thursday in bookstores nationwide to purchase the writer’s long-awaited latest work, which went on sale as soon as the clock struck midnight. The book is titled “Kishidancho Goroshi” (“Killing Commendatore”). ...

'Father of Pac-Man,' Masaya Nakamura, dies at age 91

| Jan 30, 2017

'Father of Pac-Man,' Masaya Nakamura, dies at age 91

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of game developer and distributor Namco Ltd. and known as “the father of Pac-Man,” died Jan. 22, Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. announced Monday via a corporate website. Nakamura was 91. The cause of death was not announced. After graduating in ...

Real-time concert videos at the touch of a button

Jan 27, 2017

Real-time concert videos at the touch of a button

Live Earth (officially written LiVEARTH), a trio of IT workers who invented an application that helps bands turn their live performances into music videos, was awarded the grand prize at Billboard Japan’s first Live Music Hackasong on Jan. 26. The competition rewards groups and ...

Marchers in Tokyo brave chilly weather to bid farewell to Obama

Jan 20, 2017

Marchers in Tokyo brave chilly weather to bid farewell to Obama

Ahead of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump in America, members of Democrats Abroad Japan marched Friday evening to express appreciation to outgoing President Barack Obama. Despite the chilly weather, about 350 people participated in the event, which was also joined by the Tokyo ...

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

Jan 20, 2017

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

The 156th Akutagawa Prize was awarded to 50-year-old author Sumito Yamashita for his book “Shinsekai (New World),” which explores his teenage experiences, the selection committee of the prestigious literary award announced Thursday. “It’s delightful,” said Yamashita during a news conference held at a Tokyo ...