Yasufumi Fujita

For Yasufumi Fujita's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Volunteer net speeding up audiobook process

National Feb 19, 2014

Volunteer net speeding up audiobook process

A network of volunteers is using information technology to make audiobooks much faster than with traditional methods to help people with vision problems get access to current information. The volunteers have been scanning books and turning the image data into text files. Visually impaired people ...

National Feb 2, 2010

Niche market growing for cheap, flawed fruits and vegetables

As the economy continues to languish, more consumers are buying cheaper fruit and vegetables, opting for produce of imperfect shape compared with the uniform-size fare most stores boast. Some of the ways these veggies are being sold are also unusual. Around 10 female university students set ...

Logging finding new favor amid job crisis

National Mar 10, 2009

Logging finding new favor amid job crisis

As the employment situation gets worse, forestry — an industry long plagued by an aging workforce and regarded as an unattractive, low-paying career — is drawing renewed attention. Meetings held by forestry organizations are attracting a growing number of participants. "Due to depopulation, there are many ...