Mutton caramel, fish ice cream as regional fare goes over top

Aug 15, 2006

Mutton caramel, fish ice cream as regional fare goes over top

Trying popular and quirky local fare is often part of the summer vacation experience, and not all items are necessarily guaranteed to be tasty. In fact, in food-obsessed Japan, where delicious dishes from all over the world are readily available, the opposite can prove ...

Aug 12, 2006

GDP grows at lower than expected 0.2% in quarter

Japan’s economy is on the road to a sane recovery at a slower than expected 0.8 percent annualized rate seen in the April-June period, the Cabinet Office said Friday. Gross domestic product grew a real 0.2 percent during the period compared to previous quarter, ...

Aug 9, 2006

Make better rural life a priority: Tanigaki

Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki promised Tuesday to place priority on revitalizing rural areas and creating a society where people who work hard can lead untroubled lives if he becomes prime minister by winning the Sept. 20 Liberal Democratic Party presidential election. Tanigaki told reporters ...

Japan receives first batch of U.S. beef

Aug 8, 2006

Japan receives first batch of U.S. beef

The first shipment of U.S. beef since Japan reimposed a ban in January over fears of mad cow disease arrived Monday at Narita airport. The importer of the approximately 5.1 tons of beef was Costco Wholesale Japan Inc., the Japanese unit of U.S. Costco ...

Ex-additive salesman warns of hidden dangers

Jul 21, 2006

Ex-additive salesman warns of hidden dangers

A one-time food-additives salesman and chemist is using his insider information to warn people about the dangers lurking in the prepared-food sections at supermarkets and convenience stores. “See this nice boxed meal? This one has 20 to 30″ additives, Tsukasa Abe, 54, who once ...

Firm pioneers dealing with belongings of departed

Jul 13, 2006

Firm pioneers dealing with belongings of departed

With more than 4 million people over 65 living alone and many dying a solitary death, a niche business has emerged in dealing with the belongings of those who pass away. Taichi Yoshida, 41, is one of the pioneers. After he established a moving ...

Jul 8, 2006

Spending cuts, deferring sales tax hike, get nod

The Cabinet on Friday approved an economic policy guideline for 2006 aimed at shoring up the government’s woeful finances with spending cuts and tax revisions, but leaves the dreaded consumption levy hike for a later administration to deal with. The guideline, which will be ...

Jun 28, 2006

Long-term fiscal health needs cuts, taxes: experts

Monday’s decision by the government to cut spending and aim for a primary surplus by 2011 is a step in the right direction, but more drastic reforms are needed to whip the books back into shape, experts say. The government and the ruling coalition ...

Jun 27, 2006

Successor inherits ever-unpopular deficit mess

Most banks have shed their burden of bad loans. The Nikkei 225 average has recovered from rock bottom and the economy is finally picking up. But what about Japan’s debt-ridden finances? With only three months to go before Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi leaves office, ...

Jun 22, 2006

Ban on U.S. beef to end after meatpacker checks

Japan agreed Wednesday to lift its ban on U.S. beef imports after on-site inspections of U.S. meatpackers by Japanese experts starting early next week, Japanese officials said. Tokyo’s first group of experts is expected leave Japan Saturday to start checking some of the 35 ...