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C.W. Nicol

C.W. Nicol is a Welsh-born Japanese citizen who first came to Japan in 1962 to learn martial arts. He has published over a hundred books in eight languages. He is a forester, a cook, and a maker of fine whiskies.

For C.W. Nicol's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

A fine tree that's worth getting to know

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Sep 29, 2019

A fine tree that's worth getting to know

In postwar Japan, the government's Forestry Agency claimed that the Japanese beech was a useless tree. That's utter nonsense — beech wood is great for interiors and the tree is not only important for wildlife water management, but it also produces edible leaves and ...

Will our insects keep on disappearing?

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Jul 28, 2019

Will our insects keep on disappearing?

With concern, but little surprise, I read an article by Daphne Rousseau in The Japan Times on July 2 about a mass extinction of insects in Krefeld, Germany, near the Dutch border. There, based on a study going back almost 30 years, entomologist Martin Sorg ...