Hiroshi Harada

For Hiroshi Harada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

Nov 5, 2013

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a list of customers who favor bicycles handmade for them, including Koichi Nakano, a former professional bicycle racer and 10-time world champion track sprinter. While bicycles made by Nagasawa cost ¥200,000 to ¥300,000, he says, “I don’t think even ¥500,000 is ...

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

Jul 23, 2013

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

Japan and Tonga have developed a bond based on an unusual combination — the abacus and rugby. Sinali Latu, 47, is the product of that unique relationship, which began with the visit in 1976 of a top Japanese abacus teacher to Tonga, whose national ...