Matsusaka, Hida cows now shine in shoe biz

| May 2, 2014

Matsusaka, Hida cows now shine in shoe biz

Leather shoes made out of high-quality hides from such cows as Hida and Matsusaka are becoming increasingly popular in Japan. These cow brands are better known for the luxury beef they produce, but stores have started using leather from these animals to make products ...

'Dream' rice expected to yield excellent sake

| Apr 25, 2014

'Dream' rice expected to yield excellent sake

Aichi Prefecture has officially launched sales of Yume-ginga, a type of brewer’s rice used to make high-quality sake. After two years of experimenting with its cultivation, 10 hectares of the rice were planted this year, with plans to expand to 100 hectares over the ...

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

| Apr 18, 2014

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

The city of Nagoya started collecting small household appliances for recycling in February and announced April 11 that it had received more than 31,000 kg of machinery in just two months — five times more than anticipated. The number for February alone was 15 ...

Chubu airport retools to attract foreign tourists

| Apr 4, 2014

Chubu airport retools to attract foreign tourists

Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya has started various new services to cater to foreign visitors, including new bus services to the city, tourist information and announcements in Chinese and Korean. The weakened yen and booming Southeast Asian economies have caused an influx of ...

Residents of Nagoya get disaster info maps

| Mar 28, 2014

Residents of Nagoya get disaster info maps

Officials in Nagoya are distributing seismic and tsunami hazard maps based on the damage the city is projected to take from an earthquake in the Nankai Trough. The maps, which were distributed starting March 17, outline two scenarios. One is based on the largest ...

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

| Mar 21, 2014

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

Nagoya company Kagome Co. is promoting tomato cultivation in areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The tomato ketchup and vegetable-based beverage maker has been expanding local production of tomatoes as part of its goal to produce its tomato juice entirely within ...

Youths taking to auto repair classes

| Mar 14, 2014

Youths taking to auto repair classes

Toyota Motor Corp. is conducting a class in Aichi Prefecture so young people can discover the fun of building cars by learning how to repair popular old cars such as the Publica and Sports 800. Engineers from the Toyota group volunteer as teachers so ...

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

| Mar 7, 2014

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

This month marks the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Students from Nagoya Gakuin University in Aichi Prefecture have continued to do volunteer work in affected areas, ensuring that the victims are not forgotten. Using their spring break, 46 students are currently ...

Foreign nursing students get second chance

| Feb 28, 2014

Foreign nursing students get second chance

A private hospital group in Nagoya is supporting youths from Indonesia who went through three-year training stints in Japan to become licensed nurses but who had no choice but to return to their home country after failing to pass the state certification exam here. ...

Chinese students put Shiga residents online

| Feb 14, 2014

Chinese students put Shiga residents online

Chinese exchange students at Shiga University have been interviewing local residents and posting the videos and articles in Chinese under a project called Interviewing 100 People in Hikone. With relations between the two countries worsening in recent years, the students hope to “show the ...