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For Junko Horiuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Chilled parcel deliveries boosting Japan's fresh food exports

Jan 13, 2016

Chilled parcel deliveries boosting Japan's fresh food exports

Japanese exports of farm and marine products are growing on an unprecedented scale, thanks in part to the expanded use of refrigerated delivery services, which ensure that fresh foods are delivered promptly and at their seasonal best. The trend is only likely to gather ...

Euronews to start Japan broadcasts in December via Hikari TV

Nov 27, 2015

Euronews to start Japan broadcasts in December via Hikari TV

Multilingual news organization Euronews S.A. of France plans to enter the Japanese market in December. Its programs, which range from reports on European affairs, science and technology to culture and sports, will be broadcast by teaming up with NTT Plala Inc., operator of the ...

Re-elected Obama won't be Senkaku savior

Nov 17, 2012

Re-elected Obama won't be Senkaku savior

Analysts say Tokyo is excessively optimistic about U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election and his administration’s strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region is unlikely to result in any dividend for Japan. Instead of trying to protect the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, ...

Major companies roll out red carpet for local Chinese recruits

Jun 25, 2012

Major companies roll out red carpet for local Chinese recruits

Panasonic Corp., retail giant Aeon Co. and four other domestic firms arranged a joint recruitment event Saturday in Tokyo, targeting Chinese students attending Japanese universities whom they view as critical to their success in China. The companies decided to hold the job fair at ...

Financial firms await Myanmar entry

Jun 9, 2012

Financial firms await Myanmar entry

Although Myanmar is still closed to foreign banks, major Japanese financial institutions have stepped up their involvement in the country, preparing themselves for the time when the government will give the long-awaited green light to their full-fledged operations. “Currently we are limited to collecting ...

Long courting of Myanmar may finally pay off

Feb 10, 2012

Long courting of Myanmar may finally pay off

Japanese government and business officials have flocked to Myanmar in recent months with a keen interest in the untapped investment opportunities in the country, which is embarking on democratic and economic reforms after decades of seclusion. Japanese entities that have been nurturing ties with ...

Taking matters into their own hands

Aug 4, 2011

Taking matters into their own hands

A radiation measurement station in the city of Fukushima is drawing people skeptical about government information on the nuclear crisis and keen to find out quickly if their food is safe. The station, set up by a citizens’ group, boasts a German device to ...

Jul 21, 2011

Film on double A-bomb survivor Yamaguchi set for British debut

A documentary film on double atomic-bomb survivor Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who was joked about on a BBC quiz show, will make its British debut this summer, with his eldest daughter hoping the screening will make people in the country and around the world more aware ...

Moms rally around antinuke cause

Jul 9, 2011

Moms rally around antinuke cause

Japanese mothers, many with no history of political activism, have started taking to the streets to urge the government to protect their children from radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Using social networking media, they have organized antinuclear energy rallies ...