Yoshifumi Fujimoto

For Yoshifumi Fujimoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Chubu's 'Dragon Route' resumes bid to lure tourists

May 4, 2013

Chubu's 'Dragon Route' resumes bid to lure tourists

A project to lure Asian tourists, especially Chinese, to central Japan has resumed after delays caused by the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. The “Dragon Route” project is being promoted by prefectures, municipalities and economic groups in the nine prefectures that make up ...

Rest-area dog runs unleashed

Oct 7, 2008

Rest-area dog runs unleashed

OSAKA — People who take their dogs on long expressway rides can now give them some respite by unleashing them in grassy areas exclusively established for their pleasure. These so-called dog runs have been flourishing since the government privatized the state-backed highway corporations in ...

Health, fashion draw female joggers

Aug 26, 2008

Health, fashion draw female joggers

Female runners in colorful clothing are increasingly conspicuous in major cities. The boom was evident last year, with 30,000 women participating in the Tokyo marathon. Sporting goods manufacturers are developing fashionable goods and planning promotional events, taking advantage of the heightened interest during the ...

Noodle makers cook up growing demand overseas

Oct 18, 2007

Noodle makers cook up growing demand overseas

OSAKA (Kyodo) With Japanese cuisine now long established on the world’s culinary scene, more people outside Japan are developing a taste for one particular type of Japanese food — noodles. Exports of noodles have been on the increase for the past several years. With ...