Kyoto Prefecture city to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

National Mar 24, 2020

Kyoto Prefecture city to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

A city assembly in western Japan enacted an ordinance Tuesday that bans local retailers from offering single-use plastic shopping bags to customers, whether they are free or priced, the first such measure in the country. The ordinance in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, is set to take ...

Coronavirus putting traditional Japanese customs on hold

National Mar 7, 2020

Coronavirus putting traditional Japanese customs on hold

The spread of the new coronavirus across Japan is forcing many people to temporarily abandon some of the country's traditional customs. Amid fears of infection, many are refraining from drinking powdered green tea from shared bowls during tea ceremonies. Meanwhile, Kochi Prefecture on Thursday called on ...

Cultural Affairs Agency's move from Tokyo to Kyoto postponed

National Feb 14, 2020

Cultural Affairs Agency's move from Tokyo to Kyoto postponed

The central government and Kyoto authorities Thursday approved a delay in the relocation of the Cultural Affairs Agency from Tokyo to Kyoto from the original schedule of before March 2022. Construction work at the new site in the city is taking longer than expected due ...