Minami Funakoshi

For Minami Funakoshi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

Aug 28, 2014

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

The Japanese government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands. But a year ...

Pachinko parlors bet on tidiness to reverse decline

Aug 21, 2014

Pachinko parlors bet on tidiness to reverse decline

The once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a graying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading ...

Kewpie adapts its menu to feed a graying nation

Aug 19, 2014

Kewpie adapts its menu to feed a graying nation

Back in 1960, Kewpie Corp. began selling canned baby food, sensing a chance to catch a wave of young families raising kids in an economy roaring back to growth after the devastation of World War II. Almost 55 years later, the Tokyo-based company sees ...

Whaling town preserves tradition

Jul 1, 2014

Whaling town preserves tradition

The whaling season opened with a public carve-up and barbecue in the coastal town of Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture, where workers last Thursday sliced a whale before a crowd of elementary school students and residents. Onlookers later received pieces of fried whale meat. The annual ...