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Jun Hongo

Jun Hongo graduated from Boston University and joined The Japan Times in 2006. He covers a wide range of domestic news, including politics and business. He is an avid Red Sox fan.

For Jun Hongo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Party with the <I>yuru-kyara </I>in Saitama

Mar 26, 2014

Party with the yuru-kyara in Saitama

On March 30, Kibitan, Fukushima Prefecture’s Narcissus Flycatcher bird mascot is joining other yuru-kyara regional mascots from across Saitama Prefecture in an event to support the recovery efforts in regions of northeastern Japan affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. ...

Lego builds the year's first true blockbuster

Mar 20, 2014

Lego builds the year's first true blockbuster

Film director Phil Lord has fond childhood memories of days spent playing with Lego’s colorful plastic blocks. He says he would simply dump what he had on the floor and create a huge mess. “I never remember picking them up,” he says. He also ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...