Noriko Kawamura

For Noriko Kawamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

S-Pulse locker room chief lifts players' spirits

Sep 19, 2013

S-Pulse locker room chief lifts players' spirits

Yoshihito Nakayama, locker room staffer for J-League first division side Shimizu S-Pulse, looks after not only the player’s gear, but sometimes their feelings, too. Kohei Hattanda, a 23-year-old midfielder who joined S-Pulse last year, recalls Nakayama, 48, lifting his spirits after he suffered an ...

Brewers set out to take sake global

Apr 26, 2013

Brewers set out to take sake global

Ambitious sake brewers have turned to foreign markets in an attempt to replicate wine’s global success. Exports of sake, which is essentially a rice wine locally referred to as “nihonshu,” have been growing in recent years, and trade fairs and competition events have become ...