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Brick-and-mortar bookstores are facing hard times as Amazon and other online retailers offer convenience and lower prices. Nevertheless, many real bookstores are making serious efforts to win customers' hearts and make their life and work more fulfilling by offering good book selections and well-devised displays in addition to sincere assistance from store clerks.
Legal gray zone: Makuhari International School in Chiba Prefecture is one of only a handful of such institutions in Japan that are accredited by the education ministry. Japanese parents who put their children in international schools without education ministry accreditation may technically be breaking the law, although the government turns a blind eye.
The UN International Maritime Organisation will create the first-ever mandatory safety and environmental regulations for the Northern Sea Route by revising relevant conventions, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The London-based organisation decided to formulate international rules for maritime traffic because the number of ships using the route has surged, as global warming has been causing ice in the Arctic Ocean to melt.
A number of readers responded to Ben Bernstein's request for information on where to play go in Japan . Be sure to check ahead whenever possible, as clubs often move or close .
In a move that could exacerbate the already shrinking pool of blood donors, the Japanese Red Cross Society is asking people who recently visited Yoyogi Park and other Tokyo parks where mosquitoes are spreading dengue fever to refrain from donating, an official said Friday. As of Thursday, the JRC said on its website that people who have recently visited Yoyogi, Shinjuku Chuo and Sotobori parks should wait at least four weeks before making a blood donation.
Cities have been pivotal role to improved living standards, because of the opportunities they facilitate. This is particularly evident over the past two centuries, as world urbanization has risen from 3 percent to over 50 percent, and to more than 80 percent in the United States.
Brick-and-mortar bookstores are facing hard times as Amazon and other online retailers offer convenience and lower prices. Nevertheless, many real bookstores are making serious efforts to win customers' hearts and make their life and work more fulfilling by offering good book selections and well-devised displays in addition to store clerks' sincere assistance.
It may be a hard sell to someone sitting in traffic along a Dallas freeway, but the Metroplex actually may be the best big place in the country to commute to work. Huffington Post contributor and urban planner Wendell Cox laid out the case for why American cities are more accessible than European cities of similar size.
The Environment Ministry decided to close Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden on Sunday as many dengue fever infections that have been confirmed recently have been traced to nearby Yoyogi Park. Although no one has reported being infected by the disease after visiting Shinjuku Gyoen, the park will be closed for the time being, according to the ministry.
Japanese mascot character 'Funassyi' poses for photographers on the red carpet at MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony at Makuhari Amphitheater in Chiba near Tokyo. In a bright yellow, stretchy bodysuit, the pear-fairy jumps up and down frantically and talks in a rapid-fire, high-pitched voice, shouting 'nashi!' at the end of each sentence.
Architect Yoshio Taniguchi generally doesn't like having his photograph taken for use in the media. In a way, it's a logical extension of his approach to his work, which could be described as architecture by subtraction.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 08:11 am
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