Hydrogen Power for Olympics in 2020

The Tokyo metropolitan government has decided that the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made into a “hydrogen town” where electricity and hot water are supplied through hydrogen energy, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. After the Tokyo Olympics are over, the electricity and hot water generated with hydrogen energy are…

Surprising Side Effects

“I didn’t think I could get food poisoning from fish I caught myself,” a victim of ciguatera food poisoning said. Hideo Kadobayashi, who runs a painting and varnishing business in Osaka, took home a Spotted Knifejaw he landed off the shore of Wakayama, Japan. Nine people, including family members and some of his employees, ate…

Buses to the Rescue!

    Two Japanese companies, Hitachi and Hino Motors, have been working together to create buses equipped with rechargeable batteries that might prove useful in case of disaster. The “midsize plug-in hybrid buses for disasters”, as they were described by the two makers, can be used to provide electricity in calamity situations. The buses can…

Christmas in Japan–Spiritual or Superficial?

                                                                                            Celebrating Christmas is very popular in Japan, but December 25th is NOT a national holiday in Japan.  Japanese people work and go to school as usual. But although  only about 1% of the Japanese population is Christian (the rest are Buddhists and Shinto) Japanese Christmas is a big Day, with traditions that are uniquely…

Business-Name Card Connections

When we think of business cards, we tend to imagine convenient little cards that serve as informative tools between business acquaintances. Besides linking business people, name cards in Japan serve to create valuable networks between mothers, pet owners and the elderly. Name cards have evolved to include photos and decorative illustrations that can be assembled…