Natasha Khan
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 16, 2017
Samsung looks beyond smartphones to next-generation biologics market
The Samsung brand is best known for its smartphones and wide-screen TVs. Yet behind the scenes the conglomerate is also making a name as a contract manufacturer of complex medicines to treat diseases like cancer.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 17, 2017
The $3 billion biotech firm that almost wasn't finds new life
The biggest biotechnology company in Japan almost didn't get built.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 21, 2016
Olympus seeks deals and redemption after 2011 scandal
Five years ago, Olympus Corp. was caught up in the oddest of corporate scandals. Its then-CEO, Michael Woodford, uncovered an accounting scandal at the company that went undetected for years, besmirching the name of a once-proud Japanese maker of digital cameras and medical equipment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 3, 2016
Fujifilm's new chief aims to make drug operations profitable
Fujifilm Holdings Corp.'s new president, Kenji Sukeno, aims to make its pharmaceutical operations profitable and said the company will consider acquisitions to bolster growth in sectors where it has an existing presence.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2016
Drugmaker wins big in Japan as its gamble leads to landmark cancer drug
Ten years ago, representatives from Japan's Ono Pharmaceutical Co. went from hospital to hospital, attempting to convince doctors to test a new product under development: drugs that helped the body's immune system fight cancer. But nobody would listen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 14, 2016
As fortunes fade at home, drug giant Takeda eyes greener shores overseas
One balmy summer evening last year, some of the most prolific biotech and scientific minds of Boston came together.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 3, 2015
Regenerative medicine to get boost from deregulation in Japan
On a cloudy morning in the Tokyo suburb of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Yoshiyuki Sankai points excitedly to a slide of severed spinal cords. They belong to rats, and he has used cell technology to help reconnect the nerves.
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2015
In North Korea's war on smoking, Kim is no poster boy
North Korea executes officials and arbitrarily imprisons those seen as enemies of the state. Its citizens struggle to put food on the table.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2014
Hong Kong student protest movement struggles to communicate with the government — and its own followers
To catch a glimpse of the ragtag group of students going eyeball to eyeball with the Chinese government, peek inside a room on the ninth floor of the Legislative Council building in downtown Hong Kong.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world