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Keigo Matsushita
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 3, 2016
Ex-robotics scientist sets sake brewery's star rising
A former robotics scientist who gave up his career at Hitachi Ltd. to work for his family-run sake brewery in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has used his acquired business skills to turn it into a rising star among makers of the traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage.
JAPAN
Nov 13, 2015
Reserve kamikaze pilot remembers war's waste, urges youth to learn its history
Although the death of his comrades meant little to him at the time, a former World War II reserve kamikaze pilot says a remark by a ranking officer after Japan's surrender that the country had fought the war in vain troubled him greatly.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 24, 2015
Beau pops the question by spelling it out with world’s largest GPS drawing
In July 2008, company employee Yasushi Takahashi decided to ask his girlfriend of eight years to marry him and was determined to make it "the world's biggest proposal." So he quit his job and went off on a six-month journey across Japan — on foot and by car, ferry and bicycle.
JAPAN
Mar 27, 2010
Geisha offer vacationers lessons to keep age-old profession alive
FUKUI — Thirty years ago, the hot-spring resort city of Awara in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan coast, prided itself on having about 250 geisha entertainers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 9, 2009
Students drive turnaround in city inn profits
FUKUI — Packing in students has led to big profits for an inexpensive inn run by the Fukui Municipal Government that was teetering on bankruptcy.

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