Category: Tokyo

Top Japan Monthly Laughs of 2009

January Canon Japan employees leave early to make babies Canon lets workers leave early twice a week to encourage them to have more babies. The 5:30 p.m. lights-out program at Canon addresses the declining birthrate problem while also reducing employee overtime costs. February ‘Doorplate mania’ man arrested. A 42-year-old Tokyo man is arrested for stealing

Community Bicycles Free for 30 Minutes in Downtown Tokyo

  Community bicycles intended for short distance travel are now available in downtown Tokyo. The Community Cycle program trial is sponsored by Japan Travel Bureau and the Japan Ministry of the Environment. Five Eco-Port community bicycle lots will be set up about 300 meters apart in the experiment area that covers small parts of the

Blue Lights Soothe Suicidal in Tokyo Train Stations

Train stations on a major route in Tokyo are the most recent in the country to have blue lighting installed on platforms. The blue LED ceiling lights at the ends of platforms are intended to prevent people from jumping into oncoming trains. The blue lights will operate with the existing standard fluorescent lights. "Blue lighting was selected

Shibuya monkey evades police for year

Monkey celebrates year of freedom Where is the monkey? That is the question Tokyo residents are asking today on the one year anniversary of the appearance of the lone roamer monkey of Shibuya station. On August 20, 2008, a macaque monkey dashed into Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Morning rush hour commuters watched as dozens

Digital TV Deer Arrested Naked in Tokyo Park

Mascot detained hours after replacing disgraced SMAP singer   The character that replaced SMAP singer Tsuyoshi Kusanagi in a government-related ad campaign has been arrested after being found prancing naked, drunk, and eating grass in a Tokyo park. The deer mascot "Chi-Dejika" is the official spokes-character for Japan’s National Association of Commercial Broadcasters PR campaign

Top 10 reasons SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Naked In Park

Singer Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of SMAP arrested drunk and nude in downtown Tokyo park Top 10 reasons SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Naked In Park 10. Hinokicho park looks like onsen. 9. Need cops’ blue plastic tarpaulin to save space for hanami viewing party. 8. Washing machine broken, wash jeans in creek. 7. Celebrate contract for 1,693rd TV

Locally Grown City Produce Promoted

"Locally grown for local consumption" is a common practice in many cities in Japan. Small plots of urban land dedicated to farming can be found in cities of all sizes. Kunio Tsubota of the Kyushu University Asia Centre writes in Urban Agriculture in Asia: Lessons from Japanese Experience "The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

Tokyo Monkey Maybe Moved To Osaka

A monkey scampered through a residential neighborhood in Ibaraki City, Osaka prefecture, and ate a dried persimmon. A passerby called police around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13. "There is a big ape in the East Ota neighborhood," the woman told police. The Japanese macaque monkey snacked while police kept watch. The police pursued the monkey as

Missing Monkey Unit Following Twitter Chimp

The macaque monkey that appeared unescorted at Shibuya train station in Tokyo in August 2008 remains free. The monkey outsmarted police and escaped into the city. Cops have been responding to the occasional monkey-sighting, but have failed to catch the chimp. The monkey is now living in an internet cafe. The little simian was last

Shibuya Monkey Has Internet Café Home Address

  The Shibuya monkey is living in an internet café. These images and a video clip from a cell phone camera were sent anonymously to Lets Japan. These photos show the monkey entering a cyber café. The story of the Tokyo Shibuya monkey began August 20, 2008, when the unaccompanied Japanese macaque monkey ran wild in Shibuya train station