All posts tagged "News"

  • Russia and Singapore outperformed the U.S. and England in Reading according to PIRLS 2016 global assessment

    More than 319,000 nine-to-eleven-year-old students worldwide participated in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)  administered every five years since 2001 when it first started.  It is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Japanese couples sleep in separate beds, seldom kiss each other but many are happy in their marriages, says new survey.

    One in three marriages in Japan leads to divorce. Many have cast doubt on the notion that unhappy marriage is likely the result of the absence of intimacy in Japanese couples. A recent survey shows that the...

    • Posted November 21, 2017
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  • Here comes a kiddie gourmet that babies love

    Babies need a balanced solid food from 4 months until two years. Parents who have tried making baby food at home and have given up because they can’t keep up with daily routine, cite time and storage...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • How people count with fingers in other countries

    It’s indeed fascinating to know that although we all have a thumb, index, middle, ring finger, and the pinkie on both hands, many of us are so different when it comes to counting with the fingers.   People...

    • Posted November 2, 2017
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  • Ninja wannabes take a certification test in Japan

    In Japan, if you want to be a certified NINJA, you need to take a test.   On October 22, Sunday, 200 Ninja wannabes will be taking a certification test at the Koga Ryu School of Ninjutsu...

    • Posted October 19, 2017
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  • Aomori man fakes coffee that could benefit pregnant women

    A number of researchers say caffeine consumption by pregnant women could affect fetal weight and/or delay time of gestation. While there’s still no clear answer as to how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy, gynecologists advise pregnant...

    • Posted October 15, 2017
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  • Sharp’s new family type washer/dryer redesigned

    These days, there’s nothing stopping tech-savvy and design-conscious millennials from taking their rant or rave online about a product they hate or love. This, in a way, has transformed consumers into ‘brand influencers’.  As a result, the...

    • Posted October 7, 2017
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  • Acer announces release of Chromebook 11 in Japan

    Acer has announced the release in Japan of Chromebook 11 series BC311-7H-N1-411 and C731-N14N this month. Billed as the laptop with a killer battery life but costs considerably less than a MAC or Windows, Chromebook 11 hit...

    • Posted September 27, 2017
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  • When is the best time to buy your child his first bike?

    Honda says, when your child is 3.5 years old or at least 95 cms in height. Honda rolls out its new 16-inch D-Bike Master and D-Bike series for first-time riders this month. The conventional way of teaching...

    • Posted September 27, 2017
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  • Japan has a drinkable tofu. No, it’s not like soy milk.

    A new drink has recently hit the store shelves at Tokyo’s convenience stores called “Nomu Tofu” or a drinkable Tofu. I happened to grab one at the store today and tried it.   It is easy to assume...

    • Posted September 12, 2017
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  • Unique and Gorgeous Made-To-Order Christmas Cakes

    This year, Boulangerie Shinagawa at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel turns the spotlight on Christmas goodies for kids.  Starting today until October 31, the French bakers at the hotel will take orders for four unique Christmas cakes decorated...

    • Posted September 11, 2017
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  • Snoove

    If you haven’t checked out Aprica’s new premium class 3-wheeler SNOOVE stroller yet, you may be in for a surprise. While it is packed with new safety and comfort features to suit a Tokyo lifestyle such as...

    • Posted July 27, 2017
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  • Japan’s Fishermen Sells Wake Up Call Service

    Busy brains keep deep sleepers from waking up. If an alarm clock doesn’t work for you and have trouble jumping out of bed in the morning, fret not, Japan’s fishermen have your back. Yes – fishermen. The...

    • Posted July 9, 2017
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  • Nintendo Super Famicom is back in a smaller version.

    Japan’s video game company Nintendo,  has announced today the return of its classic Super Famicom box in a version smaller than the first video game system played by families in the 90s. Aptly named “Nintendo Classic Mini:...

    • Posted June 27, 2017
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  • Meet the widest gaming monitor

    Kicking back with Samsung’s latest offering and mother-of-all wide monitors offers an immersive gaming experience. We’re talking about CHG90, the very first ultra wide monitor never before seen in the market.   The 49-inch CHG90 with a...

    • Posted June 10, 2017
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  • The new questionnaire US visa applicants all over the world need to know

    Are you traveling to the US this summer and need a US visa? According to Reuters, the Trump administration has approved a new questionnaire for those who need a visa to enter the United States. The new...

    • Posted June 3, 2017
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  • License now required for people renting out properties to people through an online marketplace.

    When you rent out your property or motor vehicle to visitors through an online marketplace, there is a risk owners have to take in case occupants cause some damage to the rented property. Occupants too can be...

    • Posted June 1, 2017
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  • Ice cream that does NATTO melt

    Parents can now say adieu to dripping ice cream cones because scientists at Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland have finally cracked the code to creating a firmer, slower-melting ice cream by using a special protein...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Go-kart companies asked by police to improve riders’ safety

    Out of twelve go-kart accidents reported in the city which Japan’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been tracking since March, ten of them involved foreign tourists. Zooming away in a go-kart  has become a popular way of...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Japan’s next generation bicycle tires don’t need air

    When conventional tires’ pressure drop after about a certain distance travelled, it is normal for bikes to become sluggish and less responsive. The good news is with Bridgestone Cycle’s next generation ‘air-free’ nirinsha, (Japanese word for two-wheelers) ...

    • Posted May 16, 2017
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  • Possibly contaminated plastic pieces found on Volvic pet bottles in Japan

    Kirin Beverage announced that it is voluntarily recalling 3.7 million 500 ml- bottles of Volvic mineral water with expiry date on October 2019.  The water in question was distributed across Japan except Okinawa and Kyushu. “The reason...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • New glider bikes for kids 2-5 years old

    Kicker Avance, a new two-wheeled pedal-less bike by Asahi designed for children ages 2-5 years old is what every parent needs to make his child’s transition to a regular kids bike easy. It rides like a regular...

    • Posted April 26, 2017
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  • Best passport in the world 2017: Germany shares top spot with an Asian country. Hint: It’s not Japan.

    Global Financial Advisory firm Arton Capital recently revealed the most powerful passports in the entire world this year. Although Germany remains to be on top of the list, it is joined for the first time this year...

    • Posted April 15, 2017
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  • Tamagotchis are back

    Purveyor of Japanese toys Bandai is back with its six original Tamagotchi creatures, the handheld digital pet in the 90s that got children busy with poos, pees, getting it fed and keeping it alive. The goal of...

    • Posted April 13, 2017
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  • If ‘Mrs.’ stands for Missus, why the heck do we spell Mrs. with an ‘r’?

    In the 18th century, a man was addressed as ‘master’ or Mr. and a woman of the household as ‘mistress’ or Mrs. Cambridge University historian Dr. Amy Erickson suggests that the title “Mrs.” (pronounced ‘mistress’) used for...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • First Japanese Chef awarded the French Cuisine Chef Prize

    Anyone who loves haute cuisine feels happy to live in Japan. With culinary powerhouse Tokyo now having 227 Michelin-starred restaurants (50 are French restaurants),  it is safe to assume that Japanese chefs have come a long way...

    • Posted April 8, 2017
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  • If you drink tap water in Japan, here’s something you need to know.

    According to posters distributed by Japan Water Works Association (Nihon Suidou Kyokai), Japan is one of only 15 (out of 196) countries in the world with potable tap water.    (Source: Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000...

    • Posted April 6, 2017
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  • A bilingual toy that helps your child think and learn about colors

    Every time the chameleon’s brush scans a palette of paint around him, the chameleon’s body lights up and changes to the same color. It also says the name of the color in Japanese and English which can...

    • Posted March 29, 2017
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  • Tape wonder for Lego toys

    If your children play with Lego, they will love this new product, Lego blocks compatible tape. Nimuno loops is a Lego adhesive plastic strip with Lego bumps on one side that will turn anything into a Lego-compatible...

    • Posted March 15, 2017
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  • A New Capsule Hotel Opens Next Month at Fuji-Q Highland

    Cabin & Lounge Highland Station Inn, located just a 1-minute walk from Fuji-Q Highlands, a theme park in Yamanashi prefecture, will be open for business from April 27 (Thu), 2017. The capsule-style private room slightly more spacious...

    • Posted March 9, 2017
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  • It’s new

    Japan’s purveyor of dairy products Snow Brand Milk Products Co. Ltd. has a new coffee-flavoured spread that will delight breakfast lovers looking for something different from the classic butter and jam combo. Yuki Coffee Soft is a...

    • Posted February 18, 2017
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  • Competition is a good thing. We saved money on Fiber Optic service by 50%.

    In May 2016, the Japanese government revised the Telecommunications Business Law to protect consumers prompting service providers to: 1. issue an advance notice of renewal to subscribers tied up to a two-year contract; 2. create a breakdown...

    • Posted February 7, 2017
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  • Why is your electric bill high in winter?

    Electric bills rise over winter as households in Japan use more electric appliances. Even with Christmas lights running all night long in December and people using tumble dryer more frequently in winter, a survey conducted by I...

    • Posted December 23, 2016
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  • There’s a strange mini roll in toilets at Narita airport

    There’s a new item you will find added in toilets at Narita Airport apart from hygienic, sophisticated and warm toilet seats.  It’s a small roll of paper  the size of a grocery receipt that sits in a...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • New taxi fares in Tokyo

    Effective Jan 30, 2017, the new starting fare of all taxis in Tokyo will be ¥410 good for the first 1.052 kms. Currently, it’s ¥730 for the 1st 2 kms. For every 237 meters travelled, the new...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • Late night shopping at Platinum Don Quijote

    I must admit running the household and taking care of twins and a toddler can be too challenging at times. Thanks to this place called Platinum Don Quijote right down our alley, we are able to manage...

    • Posted December 19, 2016
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  • Japan’s Best Chef Knives: A Cut Above

    Highly skilled sushi chefs in Japan will tell you that one way to tell a great chef from an amateur is by looking at his knife. Japanese sushi chefs take pride in using professionally crafted extra thin,...

    • Posted December 17, 2016
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  • Chinese garlic is cheap but I won’t be buying it ever again. Here’s why.

    We know that when it comes to food, the safety of our family comes first. What most of us don’t know though is how safe really are the foods we buy here in Japan.  Garlic is a...

    • Posted August 22, 2016
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  • If Japan has Fuji Rock, France has Festival of Twins

    Every year in August, France celebrates its long-standing tradition of honoring twins in the family, highlighted by a full-on merry making. The festival was started in 1981 by Alain Launay, a father of twin daughters, Cecile and...

    • Posted August 13, 2016
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  • How can you lose weight without having to give up rice? Japanese doctor has the answer.

    Summer is when we all resolve to be healthier and shapelier. But let’s face it – giving up rice or pasta can be difficult. Dr. Toshiro Ikeya’s newfound theory shows weight watchers don’t have to give up...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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  • Japan’s new soap dispenser will put a smile on your face.

    Kanebo comes out with EVITA, a one-of-a-kind soap dispenser that pumps out a perfect rose-shaped facial cleansing foam.  The new product will be available on September 1st, 2016 at all cosmetics shops in the city.  Watch the...

    • Posted July 24, 2016
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  • Pick your green

    If the body requires a daily intake of 350 grams of fruits and vegetables to stay robust but your busy schedule prevents you from doing so, fret not, this newly opened shop has your back. Started by...

    • Posted July 19, 2016
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  • Purseonal

    Louis Vuitton Moet Henessy Group reported lower shares in the first quarter of 2016. Could it be because the much coveted luxury bag brand has lost its appeal in Japan due in part to ubiquitous LV canvas...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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  • New Lightweight stroller made for Tokyo cruising

    For 8 straight years, the Mechakaru line of Combi lightweight strollers has been selling like hotcakes in Japan. A new addition to the Mechakaru series for release this month is the ‘White Label Mechakaru,’ the first 2016...

    • Posted April 23, 2016
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  • Self tying shoes

    The name Hyper Adapt 1.0 sounds like some software version.  It’s not. It’s Nike’s latest self-lacing sports shoes with a sensor tucked in the heels. As you step in, your heel hits a sensor and the system...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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  • Create the Super ‘Kawaii’ Peanuts Gang

    You probably don’t realize it but it’s only weeks away to the release  of  Peanuts The Movie in Japan.  The timeless appeal of Charles Schulz’s longest-running U.S. comic strip (50 years) has melted the hearts of many...

    • Posted November 13, 2015
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  • Japan to lift Uber ban?

    Carpooling, a ride-on-demand concept using an app to call a privately-owned car as taxi that’s becoming popular in other countries, is still banned in Japan. The ban on shiro takus (white taxis without permission to engage in...

    • Posted October 23, 2015
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  • Plant-based ice cream: No sugar, no milk, no soy

    Kippy’s Ice Cream from Venice, California launched its first two organic ice cream shops in Tokyo and Kyoto on October 16, 2015. No, Kippy’s does not plan to sugarcoat its ice cream and by that, I mean...

    • Posted October 20, 2015
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  • Barrier Free decor

    Brick and Mortar, an interior decor shop has just opened on the 6th floor of Lumine Department store in Shinjuku. Brick and Mortar brings a collection of interior items with strong themes of culture and environment. BRICK...

    • Posted October 5, 2015
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  • New Facebook feature allows you to use video as a profile pic

    Facebook gets more creative with a new feature it’s rolling out, to make your social media presence a bit livelier than its decade-long still profile photo. Soon, facebookers will be able to click on their profile and...

    • Posted October 1, 2015
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