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Nuisance for Japanese fishermen becomes specialty cuisine

Stingray caught in Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture, is being promoted as an ingredient by local chefs even though the fish is not often used in cuisine. Read More

Karaoke box businesses in Japan sing blues as customer spending wanes

Karaoke operators in Japan are struggling to secure profits as customers purchase less food and drink and more frequently go to karaoke alone. Read More

Handmade dinosaur figures make Japan town proud

Dinosaur figures meticulously handmade at the Kanna Dinosaur Center in Kanna, Gunma Prefecture, have grown to become a new local specialty item. Their sales have increased year after year, contributing to the town’s increased publicity. Read More

Mount Fuji offers up a diamond

The sun appeared to shimmer both above and below Mt. Fuji while reflected on the surface of Tanukiko Lake in Fujinomiya, Japan, on April 26. Read More

Tokyo hopes ‘solar roads’ lead to greener power grid

The Tokyo government intends to introduce new “solar road” technology to collect energy from the sun via solar panels installed beneath the surface of roads and “power-generating floors” that generate electricity by utilizing the vibrations created by people walking. Read More
 

Overseas websites awash in fake Japanese food products

Food products fraudulently mislabeled as Japanese brands that are registered with the government’s Geographical Indication protection system are being sold overseas, mainly in China. Read More
 

Summer climbing season

About 2,000 participants hiked up Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture June 4 to commemorate the start of the summer climbing season. Read More

Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train unveiled ahead of launch in Japan

West Japan Railway Co. unveiled Monday a Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train, which will begin service Saturday between Shin-Osaka Station and Hakata Station in Fukuoka. Read More

Japan police officers brush up their English for ‘20 Olympic Games

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, the city’s Metropolitan Police Department is working to polish the foreign language skills of its officers. Read More

Ready to launch?

Ready to launch? A baby Ezo momonga, a subspecies of the Siberian flying squirrel, peeks out of its tree trunk nest in Obihiro, Japan. Read More

Eel prices in Japan expected to surge again this year

A hike in the price of eel is expected prior to this summer’s “doyo no ushi no hi” — traditional eel-eating days that fall on July 20 and Aug. 1 this year — due to poor catches of young eel this season. Read More

Fujitsu unveils next-gen supercomputer prototype

Fujitsu has unveiled a prototype of a next-generation supercomputer dubbed “post-K.” The machine is expected to calculate 100 times faster than the K supercomputer, which is operating in Kobe. Read More

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