'Butter refugees' cry over spilled milk

Nov 10, 2014

'Butter refugees' cry over spilled milk

Shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced the government to resort to emergency imports and some grocers to limit sales to one package per customer. Some store shelves are bare and retailers are trumpeting the arrival of new ...

Japanese to study unions at U.N. body

Jun 10, 2014

Japanese to study unions at U.N. body

by Keiko Kimura

A 34-year-old Japanese woman has been tasked with studying cooperative unions’ medical care and welfare businesses in Asian countries, through a position at the International Labor Organization. “I think connections with people can produce some great power,” said Satoko Horiuch, an official with the ...

Apr 11, 2014

Sales plunge as consumers shun luxury goods after tax increase

Japanese consumers are keeping their wallets firmly closed after the first sales tax hike in 17 years, with luxury items and appliances suffering and one major department store reporting a 25 percent drop in sales. The precipitous plunge comes after millions of shoppers made ...

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

Apr 1, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

by Mari Yamaguchi

The greatest threat to Japan’s whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled ...