Yoichi Kosukegawa

For Yoichi Kosukegawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Laotian women get a feel for female entrepreneurship in Aomori

Nov 11, 2016

Laotian women get a feel for female entrepreneurship in Aomori

A recent visit to Japan sparked an entrepreneurial spirit in Phonepaserth Luangsivongsa, a college senior from Laos, inspiring plans to sell local specialty goods in a "one village, one product" style. She observed various local industries and staple goods in Hachinohe and its surrounding area ...

Feb 17, 2010

Edo way consumed less: book

The lifestyle of people in Japan around 200 years ago, which was guided by the principle of consuming less, would help to create a sustainable society in the 21st century, an American expert on Japanese architecture said. Just before Japan opened up to the West ...

'Izakaya' are more than just plain pubs

Mar 7, 2008

'Izakaya' are more than just plain pubs

Upscale Tokyo eateries may be garnering Michelin stars of late, but they are hardly a mainstay of the nation's food culture. The average Japanese is more likely to be found in a traditional "izakaya" (pub) than in a high-end sushi bar or "kaiseki" (haute ...

Jun 15, 2006

U.S.-South Korean FTA termed 'wakeup call'

A successful conclusion of talks between South Korea and the United States on a free-trade agreement would be a "wakeup call" to Japan and the U.S. for an accord between them, according to a former senior U.S. trade official. "I think that would be a ...

Former White House economist warns against hasty BOJ policy shift

Mar 9, 2006

Former White House economist warns against hasty BOJ policy shift

Glenn Hubbard, former chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, said the Bank of Japan should exercise caution when ending its ultraeasy monetary policy because inflation is barely existent. "Inflation is still modest. It's about half a percent in the last forecast," Hubbard said. ...

Nov 22, 2004

Koizumi, Bush unite on strong dollar but with different goals

U.S. President George W. Bush unexpectedly mentioned the need for a strong dollar when he met Saturday with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Japan has grown increasingly concerned that the yen's renewed rapid rise against the dollar may derail the economic recovery by throwing cold water ...