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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:

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

Dec 14, 2013

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

The crickets chirp before they are thrown into a pan, sauteed in vegetable oil and turned into crispy, crunchy snacks. They are one of the three toppings offered on crackers as hors d’oeuvres; a jam made from ants and rice grasshoppers boiled in a ...

Xmas music for good causes

/ Dec 12, 2013

Xmas music for good causes

Tohoku is still in dire need of support to help its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. But it must be remembered that recovery is a slow process, and there are many who are also still struggling after the ...

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

/ Dec 9, 2013

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

Leave it to the country’s online retail giant to create Japan’s version of America’s latest Christmas shopping spree. Amazon Japan on Monday launched a Cyber Monday campaign to boost holiday shopping, hoping the tradition takes root in Japan and creates a bonanza comparable with ...

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

Dec 5, 2013

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

In the mid-19th century, a British undertaker by the name of William Banting was struggling to shed some pounds despite having tried every diet known at the time. He tried fasting, exercise and cutting back on his meals without much success — until he ...