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Japanese consumers shun McDonald's after meat scandal

Aug 20, 2014

Japanese consumers shun McDonald's after meat scandal

Consumers are shunning fast-food chain McDonald’s Co. (Japan) in the wake of a scandal involving expired meat from a Chinese supplier. But the impact on sales has proved limited at convenience store operator FamilyMart Co., which also procured products from the Chinese company. Wednesday ...

Aug 20, 2014

Sakaiminato mayor to visit North Korea

The mayor of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, is set to visit a special economic zone in northeastern North Korea on Thursday, city government officials said on Tuesday. Mayor Katsuji Nakamura will apparently be the first local government head in Japan to visit North Korea since ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...

Aug 20, 2014

Traffic deaths at record low over Bon

Police data show this year’s Bon summer holiday period was the safest in terms of the number of traffic deaths. The death toll came to 93, down by nine from a year before, falling below 100 for the first time since records began in ...

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

Aug 20, 2014

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

While there are many “yuru-kyara” mascots created to promote prefectures and municipalities nationwide, the one for Shimane Prefecture has grabbed public attention as rice-paddy art. Shimanekko, a cat mascot with the roof of the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine on top of its head, has ...