Sour grapes: Japan battles to protect premium fruits


The variety of juicy grape that Yuki Nakamura is harvesting as the sun rises over his farm took scientists 33 years to develop and can sell for 15,000 yen a bunch in Tokyo department stores. But in the view of Japanese farmers and officials, the chunky emerald-green Shine Muscat, one… Read


Japanese airline to allow pets on all domestic flights from January


A Japanese airline will allow passengers to bring their small dogs and cats on board all of its domestic flights beginning January in a bid to attract more customers, according to its website. After Star Flyer Inc. became the first domestic airline to provide the service in March 2022 on… Read


Divers recover seventh of 8 crew members killed in crash of U.S. military Osprey off Japan


Divers on Sunday recovered the remains of the seventh of the eight crew members from a U.S. military Osprey aircraft that crashed off southern Japan during a training mission. The Air Force CV-22 Osprey went down Nov. 29 just off Yakushima Island in southwestern Japan while on its way to Okinawa. The… Read


To the moo-n: Cow dung fuels Japan's space ambitions


Japan's space industry opened potentially an udder-ly new chapter on Thursday with a start-up testing a prototype rocket engine that runs on fuel derived purely from a plentiful local source: cow dung. The experiment saw the engine blast out a blue-and-orange flame 10-15 meters horizontally out of an open hangar… Read


Tokyo’s Shibuya district bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve, cancels countdown celebration


As we approach the mid-point of December, it’s time to start fine-tuning your plans for New Year’s Eve, but if you’re going to be spending the night in Tokyo, one of the city’s traditionally biggest party neighborhoods doesn’t want you celebrating in the streets. Shibuya, the downtown Tokyo neighborhood world-famous for… Read


Japan to allow use of private cars as taxis under certain terms


The Japanese government has finalized a plan to allow drivers with a standard license to offer taxi services using their own vehicle in an effort to address a nationwide shortage of taxi drivers. Under the eased measures, individuals without a license to provide driver services will be able to do… Read


Empress Masako turns 60; expresses eagerness to move forward


Empress Masako, on the occasion of her 60th birthday Saturday, expressed renewed eagerness to "keep walking toward the future" as she thanked those who have supported her throughout the six decades of her life so far. "I have deep gratitude to everyone who has taken care of me, starting with… Read


Thousands of tons of dead sardines, mackerel wash ashore in northern Japan


Thousands of tons of dead sardines have washed up on a beach in northern Japan for unknown reasons, officials said Friday. The sardines and some mackerel washed ashore in Hakodate on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday morning, creating a sliver blanket along a stretch of beach about… Read


Tokyo Disneyland apologizes for Minnie Mouse skirt-lifting incident


The operator of Tokyo Disneyland on Friday apologized after clips of Minnie Mouse having her skirt lifted by another character during a recent Christmas parade went viral on social media, with some harshly criticizing the gesture as sexual harassment. The parade on Saturday saw a reindeer lift Minnie Mouse's skirt… Read


12 people including foreigners injured in bus-trailer-car crash in Hokkaido


Twelve people including foreign tourists were injured in a traffic accident involving a bus, a tractor trailer and a passenger car Friday in Furano, Hokkaido, police said. Of those injured, the bus driver and nine foreign nationals aboard were sent to hospital with injuries believed to be nonlife threatening, police… Read

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites

©2023 GPlusMedia Inc.