Category: Government

Foreigner Friendlier Area

www.housingjapan.com/rental-apartments-tokyo/renting-guide/Multicultural real estate agents To make renting an apartment easier for non-Japanese, and deal with discrimination by apartment landlords and owners, one prefecture in Japan is sponsoring an effort to establish a database of "multicultural" real estate agents. The government of Saitama Prefecture began it’s effort in 2006. There are now 113 multicultural real estate

Crocs Sandals Scarier Than You Thought

Stay Behind The Yellow Line Crocs sandals may sometimes get snagged in escalators in Japan and cause toe injuries, but other Crocs troubles have arisen. After several reports of Crocs-related escalator accidents in Japan, in April 2008, the Japan Ministry of  Economy, Tade and Industry asked Tokyo-based Crocs Asia Pte Ltd. to change the sandals‘

Fukuda Tie or Not?

Japan’s annual “Cool Biz” energy-saving campaign began June 1, 2008. The fashion campaign was initiated in 2005 by former Japan environment minister Yuriko Koike. She argued that by getting men out of suits, office building air conditioning thermostats could be raised to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Homes to Homeless: Closet, Internet Cafe, Restaurant

The Blue Shield The one-man shelters that many of Japan’s homeless construct from heavy blue tarpaulins can be found in parks, under bridges, and along river banks. An April 2007 Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare report shows there are 4,213 homeless in Tokyo’s 23 wards, and about 18,500 homeless nationwide. The country has

Automakers Cops Conflicts

Opposite Directions Decreasing auto sales in Japan, combined with new laws targeting elderly drivers and other efforts to prevent pensioners from driving, are making it more difficult for auto manufacturers facing a different demographic future. Newsweek reports automobile sales in Japan have been declining steadily over time. It says aside from minicars and luxury foreign

MAD Magazine Hurts

"Sports Injuries Around the World" MAD Magazine #490, June 2008 MAD magazine Toonopedia; Wikipedia. A Veteran Mad Man Remains in the Fold (NYT) Poll: Nearly 20 percent of Japanese adults have considered suicide (AFP) Japanese-views-on-suicide-part-1-of-3 (WJT) One Japanese suicide every 15 minutes (Guardian) Japan detergent suicide sparks panic (AP) Bloomberg publishes suicide gas recipe Antidote

Elderly Fighting Mad

Prisons Plan for Geriatric Perpetrators Age: 80Gender:M Crime: punched, hurled souvenirs and sandwiches at shinkansen conductor Age: 65Gender:M Crime: attacked son with hammer then accidentally stabbed himself and died Age: 87Gender:M Crime: strangled 82-year-old bed-ridden wife Age: 67Gender:F Crime: stabbed her 76-year-old husband in murder attempt Age: 69Gender:M Crime: murdered, buried 74-year-old woman LetsJapan has

Home Recipes from the Navy

To attract interest from homemakers and young women, and to improve its image, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force is publishing navy recipes on its website. The MSDF is posting recipes for two dishes each week. Recipes for Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes that are served in the navy are being revealed. The original recipes