Miyuki Wakabayashi

For Miyuki Wakabayashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Luxury train designer went to bat for Kyushu

Oct 28, 2013

Luxury train designer went to bat for Kyushu

Yoshio Naka, 38, has never been an avid fan of trains, but he is the man behind the recent dazzling debut of Kyushu Railway Co.’s Seven Stars in Kyushu cruise and sleeper train. “People like me (who get sick on trains) will not get ...

May 26, 2010

Furniture makers look to coddle China's rich

ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido — Makers of high-end furniture in and around this city in central Hokkaido are planning to expand their sales to rich Chinese, at a time when the domestic furniture industry is losing ground to mass-produced cheap products from China. According to industry ...

Bloggers gain perks to pitch tourist spots

Jun 16, 2009

Bloggers gain perks to pitch tourist spots

ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Regional governments are offering bloggers special tour packages in exchange for getting the word out about their local attractions. Often sponsored by regional tourist associations, the tours tend to be extremely cheap because there is a string attached: that participants post ...