Pearl-inlaid wedding dress showcased

Jul 21, 2012

Pearl-inlaid wedding dress showcased

Major jeweler Mikimoto & Co. displayed a wedding dress Friday inlaid with 13,262 pearls. The dress, whose retail price is ¥35 million, will be displayed at Mikimoto’s outlet in Nagoya until July 27. It was already displayed in the jeweler’s Ginza outlet in Tokyo ...

Health: It's in 'tokuho' label

| Jul 3, 2012

Health: It's in 'tokuho' label

Kirin Beverage Co.’s hit beverage Mets Cola has gained Consumer Affairs Agency recognition as “tokuho,” which is short for “tokutei hokenyou shokuhin,” or foods with special healthy qualities. Cola drinks are generally not believed to contribute to good health, but consumers have snapped up ...

Jun 30, 2012

Rakuten's English drive ready to take full effect, chief says

Rakuten Inc. CEO Hiroshi Mikitani is happy with the improvement of his workers’ English proficiency and all employees understand its importance as the company expands globally, he said Friday. Rakuten will mark the formal beginning of what it calls the “Englishnization” project Sunday. Employees ...

'Gundam' characters grace guest rooms at Grand Pacific Le Daiba

Jun 29, 2012

'Gundam' characters grace guest rooms at Grand Pacific Le Daiba

Grand Pacific Le Daiba, a hotel in Minato Ward, Tokyo, will be offering three guest rooms starting Friday with interior decorations featuring characters from the popular “Mobile Suit Gundam” animated series. Gundam Front Tokyo, which features a huge, life-size Gundam statue and a museum, ...

Photog calls on Nikon to stand up to rightists

Jun 29, 2012

Photog calls on Nikon to stand up to rightists

South Korean photographer Ahn Se Hong, whose photos of wartime sex slaves are being exhibited at Nikon Salon in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, urged Nikon Corp. on Thursday not to give in to pressure from rightwingers. The world-renowned camera maker had originally said it would ...

Jun 29, 2012

Fewer users inclined to recycle cellphones

For the first time in three years, the number of mobile phones recycled in Japan was down in fiscal 2011, a reflection of the tendency of people to hang on to their handsets even after canceling their contracts, according to the Telecommunications Carriers Association. ...

Wife writes of divorcing radiation-scared Ozawa

Jun 15, 2012

Wife writes of divorcing radiation-scared Ozawa

The wife of Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa has divorced him, saying he fled Tokyo soon after the Fukushima nuclear crisis started last March out of fear of radiation, according to the weekly Shukan Bunshun, citing a letter it says she wrote ...

Fugitive hid in city, in plain sight

Jun 9, 2012

Fugitive hid in city, in plain sight

Police have been hunting Katsuya Takahashi since Aum Shinrikyo waged its nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, mobilizing thousands of officers over the last 17 years. But Takahashi, 54, the final Aum fugitive wanted in the terrorist attack, lived for ...

May 31, 2012

Panel likely to delay start of 10% price hike by Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s hoped-for 10 percent price hike for households will probably not kick in on July 1 because a government panel scrutinizing the plan faces no deadline for reaching a judgement, an official in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said ...