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Top chocolatier goes all in on Japan confectionery

National Dec 18, 2013

Top chocolatier goes all in on Japan confectionery

Hironobu Tsujiguchi grew up in a family that ran a confectionery shop in Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan, but it was the scrumptious cake he tasted at a friend's birthday party in third grade that determined his destiny — to become a ...

Reader Mail May 18, 2008

Consider election consequences

Last month I read about (U.S. Democratic presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton's win in the Pennsylvania primary. Every Japanese newspaper put Clinton's exciting big face in their articles. She looked so happy, pointing her finger at supporters. Looking at these photos, I thought that Americans ...

Reader Mail May 11, 2008

The Japanese view of ending life

Regarding David Quintero's May 4 letter, "High Japanese suicide rate mystifies," and the question he poses (Why do so many Japanese people kill themselves?): I don't have a definitive answer, but I have come up with a few theories: • There is historically, in Japan, ...