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For Jody Godoy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nakashima studio is part of master's legacy

Jan 13, 2014

Nakashima studio is part of master's legacy

When master craftsman George Nakashima looked at a piece of wood, he did not just see material to make furniture. “Dad listened to the spirit of the wood,” said his daughter Mira Nakashima. George Nakashima’s furniture, which brought out the beauty of rough edges, ...

California rice farmers see golden opportunity in TPP

Jul 16, 2013

California rice farmers see golden opportunity in TPP

California rice farmer Charley Matthews Jr. remembers the excitement when Japan first started buying rice from the United States in 1993. “It really helped rice prices here,” Matthews, chairman of the California Rice Commission, said. It was also the beginning of a learning experience ...

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

Jun 26, 2013

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

Crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura might be a self-described pessimist with a dark personality, but one thing he’s never had to worry about is writer’s block. “I’m bursting with story ideas. It’s not a talent, it’s more like a disease,” he told a small gathering ...

CEO: PS4 to tap new revenue streams

Jun 13, 2013

CEO: PS4 to tap new revenue streams

The financial hit from hardware outlays for the PlayStation4 won’t be as big as they were for the PlayStation3, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President and CEO Andrew House said Tuesday. He also said the PS4 was designed to “allow for an aggressive cost-down strategy” ...

Sea Shepherd seeks to intercept whalers closer to Japan

Nov 23, 2012

Sea Shepherd seeks to intercept whalers closer to Japan

In early November, Sea Shepherd launched its ninth and most aggressive attempt to halt Japan’s annual Antarctic whaling expedition, but for the first time, the controversial conservation group is sending four ships and planning to intercept the whalers near Japanese waters. Sea Shepherd leader ...

Pearl Harbor in new light, 70 years on

Dec 9, 2011

Pearl Harbor in new light, 70 years on

Pearl Harbor survivor James Dewitt was among more than 5,000 people who observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday. It was exactly 70 years after the beginning of the military strike by Imperial Japanese forces on Pearl Harbor. And it was 70 ...

Wyoming center tells story of Japanese-American internees

Sep 2, 2011

Wyoming center tells story of Japanese-American internees

Nob Shimokochi still remembers the hardship he suffered as a Japanese-American during World War II. “We used to say the Pledge of Allegiance in camp. ‘With liberty and justice for all,’ we said, and that irritated me like a pebble in my shoe. “I ...