Accidental Acceleration Curbed

Nissan Motor Co. has developed a system of using cameras and sensors designed to suppress the acceleration pedal and apply the brake should the need arise. It applies the brakes if the driver mistakenly presses the accelerator when the car stopped. There are four cameras installed, one on each side and an ultrasonic sensor for…

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Hope still for today?

I am a grandmother–there were other parents and grandmothers and grandfathers involved in the horrible killing on this December day who now only have memories for this Christmas instead of special small ones to hold close and dear.  Mine aren’t close but at least I know others who will be able to hold them close.…

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Natto–purifying bacteria

Natto Natto is fermented soy beans. The beans are boiled, wrapped in straw and left to ferment for several days. They have vitamins, fiber and protein and thus are a good source of nutrition. Natto dates back at least 1000 years and eventually became a favorite of people living in Edo, the capital city of…

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Respect for the Aged

Schools in Japan are beginning to introduce classes to help children deepen their understanding of elderly nursing care-related issues, such as Arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Such classes take place at primary-, middle- and high schools across the nation. Children gather in the gym to get hands-on lessons to understand the physical and mental disabilities that afflict…

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1000 year old Delicacy

Did you know there is a Kamaboko Day?! November 15 isn’t a national holiday here in Japan, but it’s an auspicious day nonetheless for the specialty, Kamaboko that finds itself on the table of just about every Japanese home. Kamaboko is made from steamed white fish mashed into a paste, seasoned and shaped to form…

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