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Kishida, Putin discuss isles, economic cooperation

Dec 3, 2016

Kishida, Putin discuss isles, economic cooperation

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed a territorial issue and economic cooperation. Kishida and Putin talked for about 30 minutes in St. Petersburg to lay the groundwork for Putin’s meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Dec. ...

Dec 3, 2016

Japan to pay troops more for new SDF duty in South Sudan PKO

The government plans to give additional daily allowances of ¥8,000 to each Ground Self-Defense Force member to carry out the newly assigned kaketsuke keigo duty in their peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, informed sources have said. The government also plans to pay up to ...

Unruly reindeer steer Domino's pizza delivery plan off course

Dec 2, 2016

Unruly reindeer steer Domino's pizza delivery plan off course

Domino’s could have used Santa Claus’ help to train its reindeer. The franchise has dropped plans to use the animals to deliver pizza in snowy Hokkaido this holiday season because it encountered difficulties controlling them. Instead, it said it will introduce “reindeer-ornamented scooters” at ...

Dec 2, 2016

Diet hikes safety fines 100-fold for charter bus industry

The Upper House passed a revision to the road transportation law on Friday that allows the fine for safety violations involving chartered buses to be hiked 100-fold to ¥100 million ($875,000). The revision follows a ski bus accident in Nagano Prefecture earlier this year ...

Chicken industry, crested ibis under bird flu siege in Niigata

Dec 2, 2016

Chicken industry, crested ibis under bird flu siege in Niigata

Farmers of Niigata jidori chicken are worried the simultaneous bird flu outbreaks in Niigata Prefecture will heavily damage the premium brand, even though it remains unaffected and the virus poses no threat to people. Local authorities are culling tens of thousands of chickens to ...