Minoru Matsutani

For Minoru Matsutani's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

ASEAN works to overcome challenges

| Mar 28, 2014

ASEAN works to overcome challenges

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will continue to accelerate integration while it works to overcome challenges such as disparities in the levels of development among member countries, academic experts of some ASEAN countries said at a symposium in Tokyo. The specialists from Singapore, ...

Air France to start Haneda-Paris run

Mar 13, 2014

Air France to start Haneda-Paris run

Air France will launch direct flights between Haneda airport in Tokyo and Paris on March 30, aiming to provide a more convenient alternative with business travelers particularly in mind. The airline currently flies only to Narita International Airport, which is much farther from the ...

Reforms open SE Asia's 'last frontier'

| Jan 22, 2014

Reforms open SE Asia's 'last frontier'

Newly democratizing Myanmar is a suitable destination for Japanese direct investment as it is Southeast Asia’s “last frontier,” two researchers based in Singapore said at a symposium in Tokyo. The two agreed that Myanmar has a long way to go before it achieves full ...

Impress your hosts with <I>osechi</I> meanings

| Jan 5, 2014

Impress your hosts with osechi meanings

Shōgatsu (正月, New Year) is the time when most Japanese carry out certain religious rituals, though many of them may not realize what they do has religious significance. The ancient Japanese believed that toshigami-sama (年神様, year god) visited them in the shōgatsu period and ...

Germany's role in EU divides bloc

| Jan 3, 2014

Germany's role in EU divides bloc

Does Germany hurt or help Europe? Germany receives praise and condemnation for being the only winner in Europe. Regardless, Germany will have to play a leading role in Europe, three German journalists said at a symposium in Tokyo. One of the three argued German ...

Some illuminations on the red lantern

| Dec 1, 2013

Some illuminations on the red lantern

Last month, the chōchin (提灯, a Japanese traditional lantern) at Kaminarimon (雷門, the gate of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward) was replaced with a new one, the first time it has been renewed since 2003. The Kaminarimon chōchin is 3.9 meters ...