An NHK survey has found that people living in temporary housing in Hokkaido towns that were struck by a strong earthquake last year say their housing units are too small, or too cold.
The magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked the northern prefecture last September. The towns of Atsuma, Abira and Mukawa were among the municipalities hardest hit. Temporary housing was built for people who lost their homes in the quake.
Authorities in Hokkaido have opened shelters for people left stranded on trains or out in the bitter cold following the strong earthquake on Thursday.
The Hokkaido Railway Company, also known as JR Hokkaido, says passengers remain on several trains that stopped between Minami-Chitose and New Chitose Airport and elsewhere.
Japan's northern island of Hokkaido is still in the grip of biting winter weather, but that's good news for some animals at a zoo in Sapporo.
The polar bears, Amur tigers, and snow leopards have been enjoying their time outdoors at the Maruyama Zoo, while giraffes and other animals from warm habitats are being kept indoors.
Gentle popping and sizzling sounds greet the ears in the 150-year-old traditional-style house, where visitors are enveloped by the warmth coming from a wood stove. The ceiling rises 10 meters high above the grand shiny-black pillars and beams.
Satoyama Jujo is a hot-spring hotel that opened in 2014 in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, a renowned production area of rice. The hotel, which also welcomes a constant stream of foreign guests, has a restaurant called Sanaburi, whose popular dishes feature vegetables and edible wild plants.
"Become friends with fire" was the key piece of advice Naohisa Inoue was given soon after he entered the kitchen of a restaurant run by Shiseido Parlour Co.
The experienced staffers advised the young cook on the importance of winning the fire over and interacting with it as if they were "kindred spirits."
Masahiro Kasahara, proprietor of Japanese cuisine restaurant Sanpi-Ryoron in Tokyo's Ebisu district, had an initial goal of turning just 10 percent of his customers into die-hard fans.
The popularity of his dishes has soared. And the 45-year-old chef continues to communicate the joy of cooking through television, radio and magazines.
[CEATEC 2017] With virtual reality (VR) technology, the idea is to create an environment that is immersive for the user. This is done through VR headsets which lets users feel like they are in the world itself, and sometimes with headphones and audio technology to create spatial audio and immerse the user even further.
However there are also other ways of making users feel more immersed, and one of those ways is through the motion controllers which ALPS is demonstrating at CEATEC 2017 this year. This is not the first time the company has unveiled the controllers, but this year the company's Haptic Trigger Plus controllers are back and are more evolved than before.