Shinichi Tokuda

For Shinichi Tokuda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

Nov 18, 2013

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

Car sharing services are getting popular, and one important reason is that more types of vehicles have become available, including imported luxury brands and sport utility vehicles. One of the biggest selling points car sharing services offer over standard rental companies has been that ...

Smartphone game developer creates romance in virtual world

Oct 28, 2013

Smartphone game developer creates romance in virtual world

Waka Yoshida, who develops story lines for smartphone games, gets her inspiration from watching dramas and movies on TV every day. Yoshida, a 30-year-old executive officer who heads the social business unit at Voltage Inc., has been a TV drama fan since childhood. She ...

Apps helping couples organize their big day

Oct 15, 2013

Apps helping couples organize their big day

Marriage is a major event in one’s life but preparing for it can be bothersome. To help couples make their preparations easier, many wedding service companies in Japan are now offering computer software and smartphone applications to make organizing the big day easier. The ...

Art restorer uses science to resurrect paintings

Sep 30, 2013

Art restorer uses science to resurrect paintings

For more than 40 years, Emile Yoshimura has brought more than 10,000 old damaged paintings back to life, including some by eminent artists dating back 200 to 300 years. Most of the paintings he deals with are oil paintings on canvas, which can crack ...

Summer heat stimulates interest in 'yakuzen' Chinese herbal meals

Sep 16, 2013

Summer heat stimulates interest in 'yakuzen' Chinese herbal meals

Interest in meals based on Chinese herbal medicine started taking off this summer as “yakuzen” became the latest fad in vegetable-based cuisines. “Yakuzen meals use seasonal vegetables in principle,” said Hisako Kikuchi, who manages a cafe in Tokyo. “Summer vegetables are effective in protecting ...

Apparel maker offers running school

Aug 22, 2013

Apparel maker offers running school

Sportswear maker Asics Corp. has organized a running school for beginners in collaboration with scale maker Tanita Corp. and cosmetics maker Shiseido Co. to capitalize on the growing popularity of the activity. On a weekend morning in late June, 20 people, many in their ...

Olive oil seen enjoying second boom in Japan

Aug 5, 2013

Olive oil seen enjoying second boom in Japan

Fancy a few drizzles of olive oil over your ice cream? Or how about becoming a certified “olive oil sommelier”? Olive oil is once again gaining popularity in Japan, after first coming under the spotlight in the 1990s for its health benefits. Various olive ...

Food delivery services for offices up

Feb 6, 2013

Food delivery services for offices up

With workloads at offices growing as a result of job cuts amid the weak economy, food service companies are seeking to capitalize on an increasing need among workers to use time and money efficiently. Yasuhiro Yamamoto, a 46-year-old who runs a management consulting business, ...

Mar 16, 2010

Grads return to watches as job-hunter prop

Junior high students used to receive wristwatches as gifts for getting into high school, keeping them until they graduated from university. But the growing availability of cell phones has led many high school and college students to forsake this tradition. Of late, though, amid ...