Mutsuo Fukushima

For Mutsuo Fukushima's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Owner of Cafe Chopin continues to serve timeless classic blend

Jan 5, 2013

Owner of Cafe Chopin continues to serve timeless classic blend

Sitting in the welcoming confines of Hideyo Miyamoto’s delightfully decorated cafe as his exquisite sound system enhances the coffee and its refined ambience, it is not difficult to imagine that the 75-year-old owner of Chopin in Tokyo has devoted five decades of his life ...

Yamanashi to farm newly found endangered salmon

Jan 18, 2012

Yamanashi to farm newly found endangered salmon

The Yamanashi Prefectural Government plans to raise an endangered deepwater salmon species discovered in 2010 in Lake Saiko at the foot of Mount Fuji — 70 years after it died out in its original habitat 500 km northeast in Akita Prefecture’s Lake Tazawa. Yamanashi ...

'Clean' diesels set to take on hybrid cars

Jan 5, 2008

'Clean' diesels set to take on hybrid cars

“Clean” next-generation diesel cars are storming into the fuel economy race, rivaling hybrid vehicles especially in the luxury car segment. The word “diesel” may conjure up the image of large, rumbling trucks spewing out thick, black smoke. But the planned release of high-tech diesels ...

Mitutoyo tip of illicit tech export iceberg

Jan 9, 2007

Mitutoyo tip of illicit tech export iceberg

The Mitutoyo Corp. trial that opened recently over the company’s suspected export of devices that can be used in the production of nuclear arms has shed light on loopholes in Japan’s export control system for militarily sensitive technology. Mitutoyo and four former executives with ...

Generals foiled Aug. 15 palace coup

Aug 12, 2005

Generals foiled Aug. 15 palace coup

Hours before Emperor Hirohito decreed Japan’s World War II surrender 60 years ago, two Imperial army generals foiled a coup attempt by a dozen officers to block the historic broadcast. On Aug. 15, 1945, nearly 1,000 soldiers occupied the Imperial Palace grounds for six ...

Zero inspired today's innovations

Jan 14, 2004

Zero inspired today's innovations

Although few people may be aware of it, Japan’s modern-day rocket and automobile industries have their roots in the ingenuity of the engineers who developed radial engines for the Zero fighter in the late 1930s. Particularly notable among the engineers with links from the ...

Jun 24, 2001

Japan's structural reforms may see greenback push 145 yen

The dollar has continued to rise against the yen over the past three weeks amid the release of several weak Japanese economic gauges, with some market traders saying the trend may further dog the market this week. The traders said they expect the dollar ...