Broadcaster Rapped For Drama Title Comparing Local Food To Penis

Broadcaster rapped for drama title comparing local food to penisA Japanese broadcaster has agreed to change the title of a new TV drama series from the originally planned "Sayonara, Kiritampo" after it enraged people in a northeastern prefecture for using kiritampo, their traditional food, as a metaphor for a penis cut off by an estranged girlfriend.

Nissan Pulsar Sedan Dropped From Australian Line Up, For Now

Nissan Pulsar sedan dropped from local line up, for nowThe Nissan Pulsar sedan has been quietly dropped from the company’s local line-up, at least for the time being.
Citing a production transition, Nissan’s local arm says the Pulsar sedan will see a break in production for our market – though it will continue to sell current stock during this period.

Local Govs Look To Compact Concept

Local govs look to compact conceptThe Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry’s latest report on domestic migration highlighted continuing population inflow to urban areas and protracted population decline in nonurban areas. Striving to ensure their own survival, an increasing number of nonurban municipalities are envisaging compact city layouts — a vision to concentrate basic living facilities in the city center.

2 Local Salmon Dishes Passed Down In Niigata Prefecture

2 local salmon dishes passed down in Niigata PrefectureLocated on the Sea of Japan coast, Niigata Prefecture is often associated with salmon.
This week, the DAIDOCO team, which comprises three people in the food business who are trying to maintain the tradition of local dishes, focus on dishes using salmon that have been passed down in the prefecture.

Local Karate Team Looking To Head To Train For 2020 Olympics

Local karate team looking to head to train for 2020 OlympicsEight young members from Carolina Family Karate in Columbia will have a chance of a lifetime as they head to Lake Placid, New York.
The eight youth will head to the Olympic Training Center to train with America’s first WKF Traditional World Karate Champion Tokey Hill February 16-20.

Legendary Karate Fighter, Film Star Willie Williams Conducts Local Seminar'

Legendary karate fighter, film star Willie Williams conducts local seminar'Kyokushin Karate World Champion Fighter and film star Willie Williams recently did a special “Kyokushin Karate Training Seminar” at The Jenkins Center in Murfreesboro.
Williams was invited to conduct this seminar by local Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe. Williams and Buffaloe trained together under world renowned Karate master Shihan Shigeru Oyama of Japan, who recently passed. This made this training seminar even more special and Williams and Buffaloe dedicated it to the memory of their famous teacher.

Plan To Decommission Troubled Monju Reactor Meets Local Criticism

Plan to decommission troubled Monju reactor meets local criticismThe central government's plan to decommission the Monju fast-breeder reactor came under heavy criticism Monday from the governor of the prefecture where the trouble-prone nuclear facility is based.
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa said the move to decommission the reactor is "totally unacceptable" after being told of the plan in a meeting with the central government on Monday.

Mother Whose Child Failed To Gain Spot At Day Care Sues Local Government

Mother whose child failed to gain spot at day care sues local governmentA 33-year-old woman living in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka is suing the municipal government to cover part of the cost of putting her fourth child into an unlicensed day care center, which is more expensive than a licensed one, arguing that the municipal government has failed to fulfill its responsibility to provide child care.

Local Mascots Gather In Saitama For 'summit'

Local mascots gather in Saitama for 'summit'Hundreds of local mascots have gathered in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, for an event titled "the World Character Summit".
The annual event was held on Sunday in Hanyu City which is trying to promote local communities around Japan that have mascots.

Local Govts Creating Own English Vocabulary Workbooks

Local govts creating own English vocabulary workbooksIn an effort to improve the English skills of middle school students, some local governments have begun producing their own unique vocabulary workbooks.
“Lonely.” “He felt lonely.” Third-year students are taking a vocabulary examination in an English class at Konan Middle School in Nankoku, Kochi Prefecture, in mid-June.

City Promoters Try To Boost Unpopular Local Mascot In National Contest

City promoters try to boost unpopular local mascot in national contestWith an eye on this year's "Yuru-kyara Grand Prix," a local mascot popularity contest, officials here are trying to boost the fallen ranking of Yanagawa's local symbol, "Koppori."
Koppori was created in 2011, and is supposed to be a magical being that protects the local waterways. Koppori has participated in the popularity contest for four years in a row since 2012, but while it took 61st place that year, by 2015 it had plummeted all the way down to 1,305th.

Landscaper Lends Japanese Style To Local Gardens

Landscaper lends Japanese style to local gardensKoji Morimoto grew up in a peaceful village living “a classic Japanese lifestyle.” Only after immigrating to the United States in 1992, landing in California, then moving to upstate New York, did he fully appreciate what he had and became serious about Japanese gardening.