Daisuke Kikuchi

Daisuke Kikuchi is a staff writer at The Japan Times. When not trying to keep up with the country’s myriad music scenes, he is tracking current political trends.

For Daisuke Kikuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Giant tortoise on the run no more

Aug 16, 2017

Giant tortoise on the run no more

Two weeks after going on the lam, a giant tortoise that went missing from a zoo in Okayama Prefecture has been found safe and sound in bushes about 140 meters away from the spot where she made her getaway. The man and his teenage son, ...

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

| Aug 7, 2017

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

Fire ants, a venomous, highly invasive nonnative pest, have been spotted over the past few months in various parts of Japan, prompting the Environment Ministry to both warn the public to seek immediate treatment for stings and take measures to prevent further infestation. First detected ...

First-time writer Shinsuke Numata wins prestigious Akutagawa Prize

Jul 19, 2017

First-time writer Shinsuke Numata wins prestigious Akutagawa Prize

A 38-year-old first-time writer is the winner of the 157th Akutagawa Prize for his story "Eiri," the awards selection committee announced Wednesday. "It's a great honor, I've only written one work so far. I'll keep up the good work," said Shinsuke Numata during a news ...