Yasushi Funatsu

For Yasushi Funatsu's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Scientist honored as Vermeer aficionado

Jul 17, 2014

Scientist honored as Vermeer aficionado

A Japanese molecular biologist with a love of the works of 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer has been recognized by the museum that houses one of his most renowned paintings. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, home to Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl ...

Abe praised for pragmatism, warned on 'comfort women'

Feb 21, 2013

Abe praised for pragmatism, warned on 'comfort women'

Gerald Curtis, a veteran scholar of Japanese politics, has predicted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will take a pragmatic approach to running his government, but cautioned that the “comfort woman” issue has significant bearing not just for Tokyo’s relations with its Asian neighbors, but also ...

Jan 3, 2001

Britain feared a revival of militarism after Mishima's suicide

LONDON — The dramatic suicide by Japanese writer and nationalist Yukio Mishima after his failed attempt to foment a coup in 1970 triggered British concern about a revival of militarism in Japan, according to 30-year-old declassified British documents released on New Year’s Day. The ...