Keita Nakamura
For Keita Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 26, 2019
Hana-Renkon: Pickles preserve local lotus root farming culture
The combination of white renkkon (lotus root) pieces swimming in pickle juices next to vibrant red and yellow bell pepper slices makes the whole product look like an edible flower arrangement.
Japan Times
Oct 10, 2019
Craft beer boom spells hope for hops in Iwate town
Encouraged by the craft beer boom, the city of Tono in Iwate Prefecture has been welcoming outsiders wanting to try new ways to revive its hop-growing industry and transform the community into a "beer town."
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Sep 2, 2019
American pacifist's little-known legacy lives on in A-bombed cities
Mitsuo Baba is still grateful to an American who dedicated himself to building homes for A-bomb survivors in Nagasaki, one of two cities destroyed by the terrifying weapons in World War II.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2019
Hiroshima and Nagasaki struggle to find way forward as frustration grows over Japan's inaction on nuke ban treaty
As their cities marked the 74th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this week used their annual peace declarations to heap pressure on the central government to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Japan Times
Aug 1, 2019
Japanese startup IntegriCulture dreams of feeding world with cheap meat fresh from the lab
Yuki Hanyu won't put a time frame on it, but believes the day will come when the world's burgeoning population will be able to eat its fill of meat — and all without a single animal being slaughtered.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2019
A-bomb museum puts foreign hibakusha in spotlight
Whenever Lee Jong-keun speaks to children about his experience as a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, he begins by showing them a picture of the mushroom cloud. Then the 90-year-old Korean explains that Japanese were not the only people who died.
Japan Times
Dec 19, 2018
Japan shrugs off constitutional concerns, but question remains: Are aircraft carriers necessary?
Although Japan's defense policy appears to have taken a new twist with a decision to deploy an aircraft carrier, doubts remain over whether the plan will best serve its national interests as the nation struggles with what it views as a growing threat from China.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2018
Okinawa sees path to economic independence without U.S. bases
Okinawa hosts nearly three-quarters of the U.S. military bases in Japan, and those who oppose calls to reduce this burden have often said the island prefecture is dependent on the bases for its economy.
Japan Times
Jan 11, 2016
'Sanuki udon' restaurants head overseas in bid to be next hit Japanese-style food
Sanuki udon noodle restaurant chains based in Kagawa Prefecture are starting to take their specialty overseas, especially to Asian markets, in hopes of winning local consumers over to a new category of Japanese food.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?