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G-7 Ise-Shima Summit fails to excite local residents, poll finds

Apr 28, 2016

G-7 Ise-Shima Summit fails to excite local residents, poll finds

More than half of residents living in Shima, Mie Prefecture, are unexcited by the upcoming Group of Seven Ise-Shima Summit, a Kyodo News survey has found. The findings suggest that the Mie Prefectural Government’s efforts to work together with residents to offer omotenashi (Japanese ...

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

Apr 28, 2016

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, rolled out a new tour this month featuring smart glasses technology. Visitors to the Gunma Prefecture landmark can wear the devices at seven locations, including the cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, for a computer-enhanced view ...

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

Apr 27, 2016

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals’ stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the ministry will ...

Apr 27, 2016

Japan, China, South Korea agree to cooperate over disaster waste

Environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea agreed Wednesday to cooperate on management and reuse of disaster waste, with Tokyo offering to share its experience from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan and other disasters. “Japan would prepare an ...