Minami Funakoshi

For Minami Funakoshi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

Aug 28, 2014

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

The Japanese government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands. But a year after ...

Pachinko parlors bet on tidiness to reverse decline

Aug 21, 2014

Pachinko parlors bet on tidiness to reverse decline

The once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a graying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national ...