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Tokyo silent as Catalonia moves toward independence from Spain

Oct 2, 2017

Tokyo silent as Catalonia moves toward independence from Spain

Tokyo on Monday called Sunday's historic referendum in Catalonia an internal issue, leaving Japanese citizens and Spanish communities in Japan dependent on the Spanish government's decision moving forward after Catalans voted to split from Spain. Calling the issue an internal dispute between Catalans and the ...

Gotta find a toilet <em>now</em>? There's an app for that

/ Sep 14, 2017

Gotta find a toilet now? There's an app for that

A bathroom emergency can quickly turn into an embarrassing experience. But now there's an app with an "emergency" button to help you find the nearest bathroom when medicine just won't do the trick. Lion Corp., maker of the diarrhea medicine Stoppa, says the @Toilet app will ...

Tokyo to seek partial smoking ban by 2019, Koike says

Sep 8, 2017

Tokyo to seek partial smoking ban by 2019, Koike says

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Friday announced that the metropolitan government plans to ban smoking in and around public facilities by 2019 and asked Tokyoites for opinions on what to include in the proposed ordinance. "In 2019 Tokyo will host the Rugby World Cup, and ...

Missiles join quakes, typhoons in annual disaster drills

Sep 1, 2017

Missiles join quakes, typhoons in annual disaster drills

Marking the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake on Friday, municipalities nationwide and companies used the opportunity not only to test their preparedness for disasters but also to raise public awareness about a variety of threats including typhoons, floods and a potential North ...