Eric L. Due

For Eric L. Due's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 20, 2010

Around alone No. 8 finally near end for sailor, 76

Aloha hey. Seven-time solo sailing circumnavigator Minoru Saito, 76, is poised to reach Honolulu to pick up some heart meds, provisions, get a quick fix and a trim before departing on the homestretch to Yokohama to complete his eighth, and arguably most arduous, ordeal ...

Saito set for eighth solo around

Sep 10, 2008

Saito set for eighth solo around

Plan A: Sail dead south from Yokohama, turn right past Tasmania, duck under Australia, skirt the Cape of Good Hope, pound farther south, keep the hairy Cape Horn just off to the right, then turn right again and beat a rhumb line northwest back ...

Kamakura farmers hit food-waste plan

Mar 5, 2008

Kamakura farmers hit food-waste plan

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Pref. — The truck farmers market in the center of this ancient capital has been an experiment on many fronts: It is a rare no-middleman link to consumers, engaging in a communal shared rotation of stalls and offering an ever-expanding bounty to ...

A last hurrah at some of the year's political howlers

Dec 27, 2007

A last hurrah at some of the year's political howlers

Inasmuch as newspapers routinely wrap up their year with top-10 news, sports and other stories, perhaps it would also be a good time to hark back on, say, roughly 10 memorable moments in blunder-speak, when political figures funded by the taxpayer blurt out nuggets ...

Set on a course to be gone with the wind

| May 20, 2007

Set on a course to be gone with the wind

Trundling homeward in the dark, cheeks-to-cheeks and pondering the meaning of life in a steamy train carriage. The conductor up front, immaculate and deadpan in a climate-controlled cubicle oblivious to Japan Rail’s rolling Apache sweat lodge. Don’t yell out. It’s late spring — un-cloak! ...

New horizons beckon legendary sailor

Jul 30, 2006

New horizons beckon legendary sailor

This story is part of a package on “Growing old healthily.” The introduction is here The twilight years. The front-porch swing. The recliner. The remote. Push your gut out. Crack another coldie. Humanus sedentarius — a species many aspire to become, and prep for, ...

Nonstop circumnavigator, 71, sails into record books

Jun 7, 2005

Nonstop circumnavigator, 71, sails into record books

MISAKI, Kanagawa Pref. — Sailing legend Minoru Saito cruised into the record books Monday evening when his aging, battered sloop Shuten-dohji II crossed a line off the port of Misaki, ending a 7 1/2-month, nonstop unassisted solo circumnavigation and making him at 71 the ...