Patrice Novotny

For Patrice Novotny's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Struggling 'Aldi Mums' at heart of U.K. election

Mar 29, 2015

Struggling 'Aldi Mums' at heart of U.K. election

Whether labeled “Worcester Woman” or “Aldi Mum,” the struggling middle class is at the heart of the campaign for Britain’s May elections despite an economic recovery under Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition. The terms refer to a key swing constituency in England’s West Midlands ...

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

Nov 25, 2013

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

Spotting a foreign car on Japanese streets is fairly uncommon — particularly from the big American companies — a point being underscored at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is the third time major U.S. automakers, including General Motors and Ford, have skipped the show, ...

Firms start generating own power

Oct 22, 2013

Firms start generating own power

A remote Toyota plant in northeastern Japan bears few scars from the devastating quake-tsunami more than two years ago that completely shut it down. Employees roll out more than 100,000 Corolla and Yaris sedans a year and the factory looks like most operated by ...

High hopes for Japan's young wine

Apr 11, 2013

High hopes for Japan's young wine

A thousand years ago, a vine that had traveled from the coast of the Caspian Sea along the Silk Road arrived in Japan, where its fruit was heralded as having unique medicinal properties. Now, the Koshu grape fills terraces on the foothills of Mount ...

Farmers still suffering from radiation fears

Jan 17, 2013

Farmers still suffering from radiation fears

Mayumi Kurasawa’s seaweed company saw seven of its factories swept away by the 2011 tsunami. Nearly two years later, sales continue to be eroded by consumer fears over nuclear contamination from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. “Our seaweed is checked every day, and ...