Stuart Biggs

For Stuart Biggs's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

National Dec 8, 2009

Hong Kong looks to Japan's automated tombs

Hong Kong, one of the world's most densely populated areas, is looking to Japan for a solution to a perennial issue — what to do with the dead. For the city's 7 million residents, the struggle for space doesn't end when they die. Finding a ...

Bluefin breeder nears breakthrough

National Jul 9, 2009

Bluefin breeder nears breakthrough

Hagen Stehr was at home in Adelaide, Australia, on March 12 when his company's chief scientist called with news that their bet of about $48 million on the breeding of southern bluefin tuna in captivity — a feat never before accomplished — might finally ...

Grand jury system comes to Japan

National May 22, 2009

Grand jury system comes to Japan

Eight years ago, Seiji Shimomura could only watch as his 2-year-old son Tomohito was crushed to death by crowds at a fireworks show in Hyogo Prefecture. Ever since, he has campaigned for high-ranking police officials to be indicted over their role in the matter. "We ...

Ranks of homeless swell in Osaka

National Apr 11, 2009

Ranks of homeless swell in Osaka

OSAKA (Bloomberg) Within two months of losing his job packing shelves at a cold-storage company in Osaka, Toshiyuki Miki said, he was homeless. He counts himself among the many people worldwide whose life has been turned upside down in the wake of the "Lehman ...

Moving Tsukiji to new site raises fears of toxic seafood

National Feb 4, 2009

Moving Tsukiji to new site raises fears of toxic seafood

Tokyo's Tsukiji, dubbed "the fish market at the center of the world" for its influence on the global seafood trade, is being forced to move to a site laced with benzene and cancer-causing chemicals. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is pushing ahead with plans to relocate ...