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Debate heats up over Cool Biz temperature rules

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From May 1, the "Cool Biz" campaign, which encourages casual wear during the hot summer months, began its 13th year, having been initiated by Japan's Environment Ministry from 2005. As Yukan Fuji (May 23) reports, the government has been rather inflexible on one aspect of the campaign, that of recommending… Read

Lifestyle

Shigin: A truly beautiful art form with a rich history

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Imagine you’re sitting behind a silk screen nervously waiting your turn to go up. The person in front of you calmly walks up on stage looking a little nervous as well. They look at the crowd of 100 or so people, bow, and takes a breath. Then they start to sing.… Read

Opinions

What Trump gets wrong about the Middle East

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In his speech before dozens of Muslim leaders who had gathered in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, President Donald Trump toned down his harsh rhetoric against Islam and urged the leaders to “drive out” Islamic extremists from their societies. Trump even distinguished between the majority of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims,… Read

Travel

Usuki - centuries of history in a provincial castle town

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Foreign tourists in Japan often yearn to get "off the beaten track" but struggle to make a meaningful selection of where to go to maximize their limited time. Kyushu can be a great choice and Usuki, on Oita's east coast, about a half an hour's drive or train ride south of… Read

Food

Tokyo’s green tea beer garden gives you all-you-can-drink matcha and 'hojicha' beer this summer

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Along with shrine festivals and fireworks displays, beer gardens are a much-loved part of summer in Japan. While all-you-can-drink beer is always part of the package, each beer garden tries to do something special to stand out, whether that means offering expansive rooftop views or special themed decorations. In the case of Green Tea… Read

New Products

Häagen-Dazs Japan gives us glorious Banana Chocolate ice cream

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Häagen-Dazs Japan has done it again. They recently announced a new flavor in their line of mini cup ice creams, and we have to say, it sounds absolutely heavenly. The new flavor “Banana Chocolata” is sure to attract the attention of ice cream lovers, because well, what’s not to love about… Read

Health

Study finds that speeding up sepsis care can save lives

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Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it's time they learn. Sepsis is the body's out-of-control reaction to an infection. By the time patients realize they're in trouble, their organs could be shutting down.… Read

Lifestyle

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

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Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats. A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo. Hidenobu Fukuda, who heads the firm, introduced an… Read

Opinions

Brexit: A green divorce

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Britain did not vote to leave the European Union for worse air pollution or a degraded natural environment. In fact, climate and environmental issues barely featured in the referendum campaign at all. But, nearly a year after the Brexit vote, the United Kingdom’s climate and environment policies have become a… Read

Food

Pierre Gagnaire: Food as art & the importance of meeting face to face

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Legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire emerges from around the corner of the ANA InterContinental Hotel’s Club Lounge, just having finished breakfast. Elegant in a sky-blue shirt with his signature scruffy-chic beard, the 67-year old rock star of French cuisine looked to be in as good form as ever despite his constant… Read

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