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For Katie Forster's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo's venerable coffee houses unfazed by Starbucks' muscle

Nov 19, 2014

Tokyo's venerable coffee houses unfazed by Starbucks' muscle

Above the converging crowds at the famous Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo glows the unmissable bright green sign of Starbucks, a magnet that pulls in a steady stream of hip, young customers. The American coffee company is so popular in Japan that it recently ...

Oct 5, 2014

Sony pins hopes on 'high-res' audio fans

A quarter of a century after the Walkman made music portable and turned Sony Corp. into a household name, the company is hoping to start setting the agenda again with “high-res” audio. The tech giant, which recently projected a $2.14 billion annual loss this ...

Tokyo's tiny capsules of architectural flair

Oct 3, 2014

Tokyo's tiny capsules of architectural flair

Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan’s numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train ...