"Washoku," or traditional Japanese cuisine, is now likely to be inscribed on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.
A UNESCO body that screens cultural asset candidates has recommended that "Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese" be registered as an intangible cultural heritage, Japan's Cultural Affairs Agency said Tuesday.
An intergovernmental panel is seen making a final decision on the listing of the Japanese food cultures at a meeting in Azerbaijan in early December.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)