Japan’s Suntory Celebrates Rolling Stones’ 50th

Japan’s Suntory beverage behemoth (best known beyond Japan for Bill Murray’s “Suntory Time” commercial in Lost in Translation) has made 2012 the year of the Rolling Stones, with a Stones Bar series celebrating the anniversary and stirring up such boozy tributes to the band as Rolling Hop beer, Rolling Gold “bottled cocktail,” and a Citrus Highball.  Now […]


Greenpeace States Radiation Monitoring in Japan Unreliable

Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. The environmental group said authorities were wasting time cleaning up evacuated areas and should prioritise decontamination efforts in places where people live, work and play. Greenpeace found […]


Ikumi Yoshimatsu Wins Miss International Title

A Japanese woman won the title of Miss International Sunday in this year’s contest in Naha, capital of the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa. Ikumi Yoshimatsu, a 25-year-old model from Tosu, Saga Prefecture, said, “I wasn’t sure whether I was dreaming or it really happened…I think women will become opinion leaders in the future, and […]