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Lisa Du

New York, NY

Studying the world among other things at @ColumbiaSIPA. Formerly @WSJAsia, @Newsday. Tips/cat photos always welcome: lisa.f.du[at]gmail.com

In Japan, Foreigners Increasingly Fill Workforce Gaps

In Japan, Foreigners Increasingly Fill Workforce Gaps
By Lisa Du
wsj.com — Responding to labor shortage, nation that once shunned non-Japanese workers is overcoming its resistance TOKYO-Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan's economy as a labor shortage impels the country to overcome its long-standing resistance to foreign workers.

Japanese Burger Chain Replaces Buns With Tomato Halves

Japanese Burger Chain Replaces Buns With Tomato Halves
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — The fast-food chain Taco Bell once urged people to "think outside the bun." Some unusual thinking must have gone into a Japanese burger chain's decision to surround its beef patty with the top and bottom half of an extra large tomato.

Tokyo Olympic Stadium Architect Criticizes Decision to Scrap Design

Tokyo Olympic Stadium Architect Criticizes Decision to Scrap Design
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid criticized the decision to throw out her design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium Wednesday, saying the move will not solve the central problem of cost. Ms. Hadid's firm issued a statement nearly two weeks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government would start over on the stadium design.

Apple To Start Building Japan Research Lab in September

Apple To Start Building Japan Research Lab in September
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — There are still plenty of mysteries about Apple's R&D facility in Japan-such as what it's going to research or develop-but a visit to the site has illuminated a few details. A notice posted at the site in Yokohama says construction will begin in mid-September and be completed by the end of March 2017.

McDonald’s Rolls Out the White Linen

McDonald’s Rolls Out the White Linen
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — White-linen table settings will await 20 chosen diners next Monday - at a McDonald's in Tokyo. For one night only, McDonald's Japan will serve a high-end, multi-course dinner for a select group of diners in its store in the posh Roppongi Hills area.

5 Things To Know About Toshiba’s Accounting Scandal

5 Things To Know About Toshiba’s Accounting Scandal
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — The report said Toshiba CEOs put intense pressure on subordinates to meet sales targets after the 2008 global recession. It said the pressure often came right before the end of a quarter or fiscal year, which may have pushed certain employees to postpone losses or push forward sales on accounting.

Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design Falls at Cost Hurdle

Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design Falls at Cost Hurdle
By Lisa Du
wsj.com — TOKYO-After weeks of criticism over the cost of Tokyo's new Olympic Stadium, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his government would scrap the current design for the central venue of the 2020 Summer Games and start from scratch.

Strawberry Grower Charges $8 Each for Jumbo-Size Fruit

Strawberry Grower Charges $8 Each for Jumbo-Size Fruit
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — It's likely to take several bites to get to the bottom of this premium strawberry, on which a company in Niigata prefecture has fixed a price tag of ¥1000 each, or about $8. The berry is the pride of Ichigo Co. and weighs about 40 grams, or roughly an ounce and a half.

Criticism Mounts Over High Cost Of Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Criticism Mounts Over High Cost Of Tokyo Olympic Stadium
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — With construction set to begin later this year and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games just five years away, debate is heating up over the high cost of the stadium at the heart of the festivities in Tokyo, with even the nation's sports minister calling the selection process for the design "careless."

Bunch of Grapes Sells for Record $8,200

Bunch of Grapes Sells for Record $8,200
By Lisa Du
blogs.wsj.com — Move aside, $6,200 melon: a single bunch of grapes sold for ¥1 million ($8,200) at a wholesale auction Thursday in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture. The selling price for the Ruby Roman grapes, grown in the prefecture on the west coast of Japan, was almost double last year's record-breaking price of ¥550,000-also for the same type of grape.
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