National Nov 18, 2016

Families love pets but lack disaster plans, survey finds

Pets are part of the family for 80.5 percent of some 3,500 people who were asked whether they would flee with their animals during a natural disaster. Despite this, just 4.2 percent of those surveyed had contingency plans in place for their pets. The results released ...

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

National Apr 27, 2016

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals' stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the ministry will reinforce ...

Business Jan 19, 2016

Japan approved 85,550 MW of renewable energy projects since 2012

Japan has given the go-ahead to 85,550 megawatts of clean-energy projects since the introduction of an incentive program in July 2012, with solar comprising the vast bulk of the new capacity. Of the approvals, 23,650 megawatts, or about 28 percent, had gone online as of ...

Bundle up inside — the annual 'warm biz' campaign is in effect

National Nov 2, 2015

Bundle up inside — the annual 'warm biz' campaign is in effect

The Environment Ministry's annual "warm biz" campaign kicked off on Monday, calling for reduced use of heating at workplaces and households to help conserve energy. A winter counterpart to the "cool biz" summer program, the campaign urges people to adopt living habits that make it ...