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:

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 ...

British envoy, Japan Times turn tide in NHK history drama

Dec 30, 2016

British envoy, Japan Times turn tide in NHK history drama

Japanese love watching historical dramas, and one of the most popular times portrayed is the final years of the Edo Period (1603-1868), when the nation went through dramatic change politically, diplomatically and socially with the fall of the shogunate. In many cases, such TV ...

Love 'em or hate 'em, the end of SMAP marks the end of an era

Dec 25, 2016

Love 'em or hate 'em, the end of SMAP marks the end of an era

The Olympics have always been popular in Japan, and this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro were no exception. While NHK was broadcasting the games in the early hours of Aug. 14, a breaking news message flashed across the screen: “SMAP to disband Dec. ...