Michiru Mekata

For Michiru Mekata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kinki University leads way in aquaculture evolution

May 3, 2015

Kinki University leads way in aquaculture evolution

Tuna has been popular, especially as sushi, among the Japanese for many centuries. But as the popularity of Japanese food has continued to rise throughout the world, the supply of tuna is now considered to be reaching the point of depletion. This is especially ...

Chiba University successfully producing vegetables in factories

May 3, 2015

Chiba University successfully producing vegetables in factories

Bright green lettuce leaves are ready for picking, while ripe red tomatoes bow their stalks. Natural produce as they seem to be, the lettuce is grown inside an artificially lit plant factory, while the tomatoes are cultivated inside a solar plant factory, both operated ...

Short excursions for exploring Yokohama's waterfront area

Jun 1, 2013

Short excursions for exploring Yokohama's waterfront area

When U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry sailed his fleet of “Black Ships” from America and urged Japan to open up, there was much fury and discussion as to which ports should be permitted for use by the foreigners. The original treaty between the two countries ...