America may have put the first man on the moon, but Japan is going to be the first to send up the first advertising billboard — in the shape of a can. Japanese drink-maker Otsuka is going to send a titanium can that weighs about 2.2 pounds and that can serve as a mini-sized billboard for the company. It’ll be packed with Pocari Sweat powder, which forms into a non-carbonated, citrus-flavored drink when liquid is added, United Press International reported.
Competition between power companies is likely to intensify after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Thursday announcement of a plan to sell electricity across the nation. Other power companies have already begun expanding their markets into the Tokyo metropolitan area, in the run-up to a full and nationwide liberalization of the electricity retail business planned for 2016. TEPCO’s latest moves will target businesses in Kansai and Chubu, as well as other regions.
Japanese company Brandear has come up with an innovative service that lets the broken-hearted erase all remnants of their failed relationships. The ‘Heartbreak Box’ is a cardboard box that is specially designed for you to ship your former lover’s belongings in. It also helpfully contains a Heartbreak Guidebook, tissues and bubble wrap that will come in handy when sorting through your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend’s items.
It is the familiar background music of every Japanese shopping street: a cacophony of mechanical bleeps and rattles, disgorged along with a plume of cigarette smoke each time the doors of a pachinko parlor open to admit a new punter. Yet the archetypical salary man pastime is dying, in spite of its apparent ubiquity. Even as Japan looks ahead to its first western- style casinos, pachinko, the modified version of pinball played since the 1930s - itself a quasi-legal form of gambling - has been all but abandoned by younger Japanese.
Japanese high school girls are averaging three hours per day during the week using smartphones and other mobile phones, a survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has revealed. Daily phone time among girls stood at 186.9 minutes, on average, compared with 132.7 minutes for boys, according to the survey released on Thursday.
The world’s first living donor lung transplant using part of a donor’s right lung to replace a recipient’s left lung was successfully completed at Kyoto University Hospital, the hospital said Wednesday. The entire left lung of a female patient who developed an intractable lung disease was removed, and replaced by the lower lobe of her husband’s right lung.
Suntory Holdings hopes to generate 1 trillion yen ($9.72 billion) in distilled-liquor sales in 2020 by tapping into the sales network of newly acquired U.S. whiskey giant Beam, Nobutada Saji, the Japanese company's president, said Thursday. Suntory completed the acquisition of Beam on May 1, turning it into Beam Suntory. In 2013, Beam posted sales of some 320 billion yen. Combining this tally with Suntory's distilled-liquor sales would bring the total to about 600 billion yen in terms of shipments, the third-largest in the world.
Although the association of carnations with Mother’s Day began in the United States and stretches back over 100 years, I grew up never really being conscious of it (likely due to some combination of being a terrible son and having little interest in historical events that didn’t involve swords). In Japan, though, most people are aware that carnations are a symbol for Mother’s Day, and a bouquet of the flowers is by far the most common gift given on the holiday.
Even by the standards of pop stars, Hatsune Miku is eccentric and protean, her mystique elusive. Her eyes are too round and blue to be real. She can be buxom or boyish, and almost painfully sultry — all in a droid-ish, understated way. She dons a school uniform, with thigh-high power boots and a flared ultra-micro miniskirt. Her pig-tailed turquoise hair is so long that she risks tripping over it as she dances lithely in front of her adoring, sell-out crowds.
The Japan Tourism Agency has devised guidelines to improve signboards and make them easier to understand for foreign visitors. Tourism officials are trying to turn Japan into a more tourist-friendly country by enhancing explanations of facilities and places in foreign languages. The draft guidelines say names of facilities, such as parks and museums, will be translated. For example, "Hibiya Koen" will become "Hibiya Park."