The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Tokyo metropolitan government introduced Friday a new model project in which it awards points to consumers who buy foods close to their best-before dates and consume-by dates in order to decrease the amount of food loss. NTT Docomo Inc., with a governmental subsidy for the model project, developed a smartphone app that can be used until the end of February, and will evaluate the project’s effect.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - To realise constructive debate in the Diet, the ruling and opposition parties must exercise wisdom to work out appropriate rules.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Fisheries Agency plans to introduce a new vessel that will replace the aging Nisshin Maru, the 8,145-ton mother ship of the Japanese research whaling (see below) fleet in the Antarctic and Pacific oceans. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government is planning new measures to help Japanese companies construct pharmaceutical factories in Asian countries, where labour costs are lower than in Japan, to encourage the production of more generic drugs, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government’s plan to allow people to put off receiving pensions until after the age of 70 aims to encourage willing elderly citizens to keep working and stave off a labour shortage.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - As Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) approaches and more and more women are posting pictures of chocolate on social media, this year many department stores and others are focusing on promoting chocolate and events that focus on the theme of “great for social media.” 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Nissan Motor Co. President Hiroto Saikawa said more than half of the vehicles it sells in Japan and Europe will be electrically powered by fiscal 2025. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - It is necessary to reacknowledge the importance of countermeasures against natural disasters through transmitting memories of the earthquake disaster that took the lives of 6,434 people from generation to generation.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - We asked Kobe College Associate Professor Hideya Kawanishi about issues related to the abdication of the Emperor. The following are excerpts from the interview.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government is considering temporarily evacuating Japanese and U.S. nationals and others in South Korea to Tsushima island in Nagasaki Prefecture via Busan Port, if airports in South Korea are closed due to a contingency on the Korean Peninsula, according to government sources.