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The Japanese government has plans to release radioactive waste from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. This action has faced strong opposition from neighboring countries China and South Korea despite how the radioactive water is claimed to be treated. Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster that happened on 11 March 2011. The final decision to ...

North Korea became the first country to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics due to fears of COVID-19. The Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled for 2020, but has been pushed to 2021. Currently, there are still safety concerns that the 2021 Olympics could worsen the spread of the virus around the world. A North Korea Sports Ministry-run website mentioned that ...

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) trees are usually found in Japan, but this year, the Capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, has seen one of its best Sakura blooms. The Kuala Lumpur City Hall has planted over 10,000 Sakura trees over the past few years, transforming the city into something of a “Sakura Paradise”. Netizens suggested that the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia should ...

Japan is lagging behind other countries in terms of tech competitiveness. The country is ranked 27th in the International Institute for Management Development (IMD)’s 2020 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (WDCR). The WDCR ranks the capacity of countries to utilize digital technologies for government, business, and society at large — meaning that Japan ranked below countries like Singapore and Malaysia. This ...

Earlier today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to 2021 to ensure the safety of people across the world. The only times the Olympic Games was ever cancelled / postponed was during 1916, 1940, and 1944 — during the world wars. Despite the postponement, the Summer Olympics ...

Cherry blossom (Sakura) festivals across Japan have been cancelled as the covid-19 outbreak worsens across the country. The traditional spring celebrations in Tokyo and Osaka which attract millions of people yearly will not go ahead as planned in April. The Japanese government has also been actively informing people to avoid participating in “hanami” parties in an effort to prevent the ...

Households with daughters mark this day by displaying ‘hina ningyo’ (dolls) at home before the unofficial holiday.  Hina dolls, ‘hina ningyo‘, dressed in Heian Era imperial court clothing. The traditional event is said to have begun in the Heian Period, a time when people believed that dolls had the power to control evil spirits. Restaurants, hotels, schools, shrines and public ...

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered closure of all elementary, junior high, and high schools across Japan until April as the coronavirus situation worsens. “Efforts have been made to prevent the spread of infection among children in each region, and these one or two weeks will be an extremely critical period,” Abe told a meeting of key Cabinet ministers on ...

There is a possibility the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled as fears of the coronavirus continues to grow in Japan. A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that cancellation of the event may be inevitable if the disease is proved to be too dangerous for the event. He also mentioned that postponement or relocation would be ...

Born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, Chitetsu Watanabe previously received his certificate from Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man. A couple of days before his death, he had not been able to eat and developed a fever and difficulty breathing. Watanabe worked in Taiwan for 18 years and after returning to Niigata, he worked for the prefectural ...

Great news for Ramen lovers out there! Ichiran Ramen, one of the most popular Japanese Ramen brands, will be coming to Malaysia for the first time! They will be having a pop-up store at Isetan KLCC for 10 days, from 13th – 23rd March 2020. For those who have yet to hear of them, is famous for their Tonkotsu ramen which ...