Hiromi Horie

For Hiromi Horie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Climate change threat sends Japan's Key Coffee on bean hunt

Business Jul 12, 2018

Climate change threat sends Japan's Key Coffee on bean hunt

Coffee lovers beware: Climate change is threatening supplies of high-quality beans, with one coffee house hunting for the perfect bean to withstand warmer conditions. Tokyo's Key Coffee Inc. is testing 35 varieties of Arabica trees in Indonesia in collaboration with World Coffee Research of Oregon ...

End of 47-year Japan rice program signals boost for ramen wheat

Business Dec 27, 2017

End of 47-year Japan rice program signals boost for ramen wheat

The end of Japan's four decades of rice-market control could be good news for noodle lovers. That's because rice farmers may plant alternative crops like wheat once government control ends by March 31 and look to tap into rising demand for ramen. Fukuoka Prefecture is ...

Chilean wine a hit among Japan's working women

Food & Drink Jun 3, 2017

Chilean wine a hit among Japan's working women

Japan's swelling ranks of working women have grape growers 10,000 miles away cheering. Chilean vintners have emerged as the biggest beneficiary of Japan's booming wine market. Their low-priced, fruit-driven product has found a receptive niche among women in their 40s and 50s, who have helped ...

Diamonds not forever as Japanese offload jewels for cash

Business Jun 25, 2015

Diamonds not forever as Japanese offload jewels for cash

Diamonds aren't necessarily forever. At least not in Japan, where jewelry owners are unloading unwanted jewels for cash at a record pace and shipping them off to buyers in China and India. The appeal of gem-encrusted rings and earrings that were part of the luxury ...