Natsuko Fukue

For Natsuko Fukue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Skin deep: Japan's <i>washi</i> paper torn by modern life

Lifestyle Jun 25, 2019

Skin deep: Japan's washi paper torn by modern life

Once an indispensable part of daily life in Japan, washi paper was used for everything from writing and painting to lampshades, umbrellas and sliding doors, but demand has plunged as lifestyles have become more Westernized. Despite its 1,300-year history and UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status, ...

Saitama firm seeks to spawn salmon-farming revolution

National Mar 2, 2018

Saitama firm seeks to spawn salmon-farming revolution

Japan may be an island nation surrounded by the bounty of the sea, but businessman Tetsuro Sogo is looking inland to raise one of the country's most loved sushi fish: salmon. In a mountainous area near Tokyo, gray salmon in a tank writhe as they ...

Media grill party chiefs in televised debate

National | ELECTION 2012 Dec 1, 2012

Media grill party chiefs in televised debate

With campaigning for the Lower House election set to kick off in a few days, the leaders of 11 parties gathered for a televised discussion Friday that saw most of the questions thrown at Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe, whose party leads the ...

Nippon Ishin qualifies nuclear phaseout goal

National | ELECTION 2012 Nov 30, 2012

Nippon Ishin qualifies nuclear phaseout goal

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), the "third force" emerging as a serious challenger to the political status quo, unveiled a watered-down version of its election platform Thursday devoid of a definitive road map for phasing out nuclear power. Instead, the party merely stated ...

Ishihara talks up weapons exports as deterrent

National | ELECTION 2012 Nov 27, 2012

Ishihara talks up weapons exports as deterrent

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leader Shintaro Ishihara said Monday that Japan should produce arms for export overseas so its advanced military technology can act as a deterrent. "We should sell as many excellent weapons as possible . . . The technologies are ...

Ishihara rattles saber against China

National Nov 21, 2012

Ishihara rattles saber against China

Shintaro Ishihara, the new head of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), remained true to his China-hawk form Tuesday by saying Japan should "simulate" possessing nuclear arms as a deterrent to Beijing. Ishihara's remark during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of ...

National Nov 16, 2012

Foes forced Noda to call dissolution

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda moved to dissolve the Lower House on Friday amid constant pressure from the opposition and also from Democratic Party of Japan members who wanted him to step down, but his gamble is unlikely to work in the ruling party's favor. Experts ...

Noda will schedule election for Dec. 16

National Nov 15, 2012

Noda will schedule election for Dec. 16

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday he plans to dissolve the Lower House on Friday and schedule the general election for Dec. 16. Noda made the offer in return for the opposition camp's agreement to support an electoral reform bill submitted by his Democratic Party ...