Hiroki Sugita

For Hiroki Sugita's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Rakugo storyteller Sankyo honored for promoting Japanese language

Dec 18, 2014

Rakugo storyteller Sankyo honored for promoting Japanese language

Renowned “rakugo” (comic story) raconteur Yanagiya Sankyo has been honored for his commitment to spreading appreciation of the Japanese language among foreigners in Japan and overseas. He received a 2014 Japan Foundation Award, which honors people or groups who help deepen international friendship over ...

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Jan 15, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now ...

Beautician dreams of promoting makeup for corpses on global stage

Jun 14, 2013

Beautician dreams of promoting makeup for corpses on global stage

Beautician Teruko Kobayashi promotes makeup for the deceased to make them look their best for the big send-off, believing she can offer mourning families a peaceful final moment with their dead loved ones. Kobayashi, 78, who authored the book “Shiniyuku Hito eno Kesho” (“Makeup ...

Taiwan seeks to fish off Senkakus, not pick sides

/ Apr 3, 2013

Taiwan seeks to fish off Senkakus, not pick sides

Amid the rain that falls almost daily during winter in northern Taiwan, the surrounding East China Sea, normally a striking blue, takes on a heavy, gray hue. For the three parties locked in a territorial spat over the Senkaku Islands off this coast — ...

Nov 21, 2007

USIS role revealed in Japan's tilt toward West

The United States waged a secret propaganda campaign in Japan through films, radio programs and intellectuals during the 1950s in an effort to keep the nation from leaving the Western bloc, a recently found report shows. The “Report on USIS-Japan,” written by Mark May, ...