May 21, 2015

Bill to reform gas, electricity markets passes Lower House

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to require utilities to segregate their power generation and transmission operations by April 2020. The bill, which won support mainly from the ruling coalition, was sent to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber. The measure ...

May 8, 2015

Vegemite with chocolate? It's no smear campaign

Confectionery maker Cadbury said Friday it has created a new taste sensation by combining its well-loved milk chocolate with an unusual flavor — Australia’s famous, sharply savory spread Vegemite. Cadbury Australia said the new product was “surprisingly delicious” and one of four new flavor ...

18 looms as new age of majority

| May 4, 2015

18 looms as new age of majority

by Tomoko Otake

Japan’s youth will finally get a chance to have their voices heard in politics. Revisions to the Public Offices Election Law that would lower the minimum voting age to 18 from 20 are being deliberated in the Diet and are widely expected to be ...

Apr 29, 2015

Casino bill resubmitted to House of Representatives

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two opposition parties submitted a bill to the House of Representatives on Tuesday that, if passed, would lift a ban on casinos. The LDP, Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) and the Party for Future Generations jointly proposed ...

Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

Apr 23, 2015

Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

An Australian blogger and author who became a hit after claiming she was winning a battle with brain cancer through whole foods and alternative therapies admitted Thursday she was lying and never had the disease. Belle Gibson launched her successful The Whole Pantry business ...