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Gotta love them apples

Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 12:50 am
A 55-1/2-foot-long, 25-1/2-foot-wide art piece made of about 35,000 apples was displayed at Hirosaki Park in Hirosaki, Japan, last month. Read More

Role-playing game helps fight depression in Japan

It’s a role-playing video game that allows users to choose and customize their own avatars. Set in a medieval fantasy world, users build up power as their characters travel across “provinces,” overcoming obstacles and challenges along the way. Read More

In Japan, store opens first robot department

Takashimaya Co. this month opened a robot department at its Shinjuku store in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo — a first by a department store in Japan. Read More

Restaurants to get subsidies to set up smoking areas

Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry intends to subsidize part of the costs that restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments incur to set up rooms or spaces exclusively for smoking, starting next fiscal year. Read More

Danish crown prince breaks eggs

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik started up a new egg-breaking machine, manufactured by a Danish company, at Mayoterrace, a Tokyo educational facility operated by mayonnaise maker Kewpie Corp. Read More

Ceremony for Japan’s deer

Updated on  October 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm
A man portraying a Shinto priest trims the antlers of a deer on October 7, 2017 during an annual event at Rokuen, a deer park in Nara, Japan. Read More

Woof! Woof! Robot dog has a nose for foot odor

Updated on  October 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm
A robotic dog has different responses depending on the level of foot odor it detects. Read More

Every dog has its year

Updated on  October 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm
Craftsmen draw faces on dog-shaped clay bells at the Musashinojindaiji-gama pottery studio in Tokyo. Read More

Bridge verbal divide among generations

Updated on  October 12, 2017 at 12:09 am
Japanese language is evolving quickly, encompassing foreign terms and newly coined words. Read More

Fishermen insuring against war, attacks

Updated on  October 4, 2017 at 7:12 pm
In response to North Korea’s missile launches and the issue of the Senkaku Islands, a growing number of fishermen are taking out special insurance contracts that cover such damage as loss of life among crew members if they are involved in armed conflicts and attacks. Read More