Japan launches 'Super Cool Biz' to save energy
The Japanese government wants the country's suit-loving salarymen to be bold this summer. Ditch the stuffy jacket and tie. And for the good of the country, go light and casual. Japan's "Super Cool Biz" campaign kicked off Wednesday with a government-sponsored fashion show featuring outfits appropriate for the office yet cool enough to endure the sweltering heat. This summer may be especially brutal. Looming for Japan is a potential power crunch, the result of the March 11 tsunami crippling the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. To prevent blackouts, the government is asking companies and government offices to cut electricity usage by 15 percent.
(AP, Jun 01)
Dozens of hunters fired blank shots to drive sacred horses up to a shrine in an annual gun festival in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. (NHK)
Singaporean chef Li Kwok Wing has trumped nine other chefs from around the world to clinch the gold medal in the finals of the inaugural Washoku World Challenge held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Straits Times)
In a written statement issued for her 50th birthday Monday, Crown Princess Masako pledged to continue efforts to overcome a stress-induced illness that she has been dealing with for 10 years. (Kyodo)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the bust of a prostitution club featuring Chinese women in Arakawa Ward. (Tokyo Reporter)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police in November announced the bust of a studio for allowing photography of school girls in seductive poses. According to Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 19), the trade in illicit private photography is varied, with office ladies among those in the biz. (Tokyo Reporter)