The Emperor and Empress have visited Iwate, one of the 3 Japanese prefectures hardest-hit by the March 11th 2011 tsunami and earthquake. They spoke to people still living as evacuees in temporary housing.
The Emperor and Empress arrived in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture on Thursday. This was their first trip to the prefecture in 2 years.
Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso and Tono Mayor Toshiaki Honda briefed the Imperial couple about the situation of reconstruction work in the region.
The couple then visited a temporary housing complex where more than 60 people have moved from Kamaishi and other coastal areas devastated by the tsunami.
The amount of money stolen through special frauds, such as "It's me" scams, totaled 49,873 million yen during the 11 months through November, far over the full-year record of 48.9 billion yen logged last year, the Japanese police said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Supermarkets in Japan have been rationing butter since spring because of a shortfall in raw milk production. Now, there's concern there won't be enough for the crucial holiday baking season. (usatoday.com)
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced Monday that the company will reprint Suica electronic cards commemorating Tokyo Station's 100th anniversary so that there will be enough cards for everyone who wants to buy them. (The Japan News)
Women have been prohibited from doing certain things (entering places, using facilities, etc.) for as long as civilization has existed. Restrictions are still common, albeit usually in religious contexts only. While religions themselves evolve and change with the times and bans are lifted, it doesn't mean all of them get an update. (rocketnews24.com)
Christmas Eve surpasses Valentine's Day as the romantic dinner event for Japanese couples, but viewed as a socioeconomic read on Japan, the celebration highlights two major problems the country faces: low wages and low birth rates. (cnbc.com)
A man found a body Sunday evening in the Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, apartment of his younger, 58-year-old brother after the landlord alerted him that his sibling had failed to pay the rent. (Japan Times)
Sales of special Suica cards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station were canceled soon after they began Saturday, as a large crowd of people flooded the area. (The Japan News)
The Niigata prefectural government started clearing a section of National Highway Route 405 in Tsunan in the prefecture on Friday, after a landslide mixed with snow blocked off about 50 meters of the road the night before. (The Japan News)