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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:

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

Nov 9, 2013

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

Despite being located almost a stone's throw from the historic town of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture and establishing itself as the gyōza capital of Japan, Utsunomiya was languishing in the economic doldrums for the much of the early 2000s. Nearly a decade later, the situation ...

Tokyo firefighters let you blaze into action

/ Nov 7, 2013

Tokyo firefighters let you blaze into action

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter and extinguish a blaze? On Nov. 9, Fukagawa Fire Department is allowing the public to take photos of, as well as ride, some of its fire engines. The "Shoubousha ni Nottemiyo!" ("Let's Ride on ...

Make and learn about miso from a master

/ Nov 7, 2013

Make and learn about miso from a master

Miso, Japan's traditional seasoning made from fermenting rice, soybeans and other flavorings, sounds like a cooking ingredient too complex to prepare yourself. But if you're curious, on Nov. 9 you can learn how to make miso paste at a special event at the Gender ...

Tatsuya Ichihashi: Killer on the run

/ Nov 2, 2013

Tatsuya Ichihashi: Killer on the run

Tatsuya Ichihashi went on the lam for more than 2½ years after strangling 22-year-old Lindsay Ann Hawker in March 2007. On the eve of a new film based on the convicted killer's account of his time on the road, Jun Hongo looks into the ...

A glance at the murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker

/ Nov 2, 2013

A glance at the murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker

Police were first aware that Lindsay Ann Hawker was missing on March 26, 2007, after the Briton failed to teach English classes scheduled for two consecutive days. They found her naked body buried in a bathtub filled with sand and compost soil on Tatsuya ...