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Apr 10, 2015

Fukushima tap water wins Monde Selection gold award

Tap water from the city of Fukushima has won the second-highest prize in the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world, according to the city government. The Fukushima Municipal Government hopes that winning the Gold Quality Award will help ...

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

Apr 10, 2015

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

by Yuri Kageyama

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku Ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle restaurants. A Godzilla-size head towering 52 ...

Apr 10, 2015

Minke whaling begins in Japanese coastal waters

Four whaling ships left a northeastern port Friday to hunt up to 51 minke whales in coastal waters in the period up to May 26 as part of the government’s scientific research whaling in the northwestern Pacific. The Association for Community-based Whaling, a nonprofit ...

Apr 10, 2015

Three methods proposed for removing melted fuel from Fukushima No. 1 reactors

The Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp. on Thursday proposed three methods for retrieving highly radioactive nuclear fuel debris in three crippled reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The proposals, presented at a meeting of officials ...

Apr 10, 2015

Subsidies eyed for companies promoting women's employment

The labor ministry is considering rewarding small and medium-sized companies with subsidies of up to ¥600,000 ($4,997) for achieving numerical and other targets for women’s participation in the workforce, sources said Thursday. Under the draft plan, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare would ...