Dec 8, 2016

Tokyo, Moscow mull joint statement following leaders' summit

Japan and Russia are mulling the release of a statement calling for talks on joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands following the leaders’ bilateral meeting next week, Japanese government sources said. The envisioned joint statement, to be issued after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

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 ...

'Japanese wine' output leans toward white: survey

Nov 29, 2016

'Japanese wine' output leans toward white: survey

Unlike other countries where they make more red wine than white, wineries in Japan produced more white wine in fiscal 2015 in terms of products using only domestically grown grapes, a National Tax Agency survey has shown. The reason for this, said Hiroshi Ito, ...

Japan surveys hot springs in bid to prevent hydrogen sulfide poisoning

Nov 10, 2016

Japan surveys hot springs in bid to prevent hydrogen sulfide poisoning

The Environment Ministry has started a fact-finding survey of hot springs facilities across the country to prevent hydrogen sulfide poisoning accidents. The ministry has sent questionnaires to municipalities asking about the current practice of measuring hydrogen sulfide concentration levels in indoor bathing areas at ...