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Chef group working to bring 'washoku' to Japan's school lunches

Jan 6, 2017

Chef group working to bring 'washoku' to Japan's school lunches

Chefs specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese dishes) are trying to help schoolchildren appreciate flavors passed down through generations in their school lunches. In March 2014, the year after washoku was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, eight chefs launched a group ...

¥50, ¥100 coin designs unchanged for half century

Jan 6, 2017

¥50, ¥100 coin designs unchanged for half century

The designs of the current ¥50 and ¥100 coins haven’t changed much since they debuted 50 years ago. The ¥50 coin was introduced in 1955 and was initially made entirely of nickel. Circulation of a ¥100 coin minted mainly in silver started two years ...

Agency seeks to deter nonemergency 119 calls

Jan 5, 2017

Agency seeks to deter nonemergency 119 calls

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Some callers just want a ride. Others are lonely and simply want to chat. The problem? They’ve called 119. Amid efforts to deter nonessential use of ambulances, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency will begin to look at the issue in depth with a ...

Jan 5, 2017

A-bomb survivor, others press Trump on nuclear disarmament

A Japanese atomic bomb survivor along with anti-war activists and scholars from around the globe urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to recognize the threat of nuclear weapons and pursue disarmament. They made the pitch to Trump, who will assume office on Jan. ...