Brewer Recalling Popular 'dassai' Sake

Brewer recalling popular 'Dassai' sake

The producer of a noted Japanese sake brand says it is recalling 260,000 bottles because of inconsistent alcohol levels. "Dassai" is a popular brand both in its home market and abroad.

Brewer Asahi Shuzo, based in Yamaguchi Prefecture, says the voluntary recall covers four types of Dassai rice wine.

Tokyo's Popular Panda Xiang Xiang Turns Two

Tokyo's popular panda Xiang Xiang turns two

Many visitors celebrated the second birthday of Xiang Xiang, a popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, on Wednesday.

People formed long lines in front of the panda facility to see the female cub. Some had to wait as long as three hours.

Popular Panda Starts On Road To Independence

Popular panda starts on road to independence

A zoo in Tokyo is set to begin a weeks-long process to separate a popular giant panda from her mother.

Members of the media were granted an exclusive viewing session of Xiang Xiang and her mother Shin Shin on Monday, when Ueno Zoo is closed to the public.

Sardines Cooked With Escargot Butter Popular With Shoppers

Sardines cooked with escargot butter popular with shoppers

Chef Koji Yamada has been working with the local supermarket Tsuruya in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, to create healthy recipes for home cooking, which are distributed at all 33 stores of the supermarket in the prefecture.

Yamada, chef of Weisshorn, a restaurant located in Maruko Central Hospital in Ueda, comes up with three or four low-sodium recipes a month that feature in-season ingredients.

Popular Baseball Comic To Conclude

Popular baseball comic to conclude

A popular comic series about a high school baseball team will complete its run later this month after being published on and off in a weekly magazine for more than 4 decades.

The publisher, Akita Shoten, says the "Dokaben" series, first published in 1972, will conclude in the June 28th issue of the weekly Shonen Champion magazine.

The Most Popular Destination For Overseas School Trips Among Japanese High Schools Was Taiwan In The 2016 School Year

The most popular destination for overseas school trips among Japanese high schools was Taiwan in the 2016 school year

TAIPEI -- The most popular destination for overseas school trips among Japanese high schools was Taiwan in the 2016 school year, with the number of students traveling to the island increasing nearly 12 times in the past 10 years, knocking the United States off from the top excursion spot.

The Educational Tour Institute, a Tokyo-based public interest incorporated foundation that conducts research on school trips every year, has analyzed and released the data for the 2016 school year. Some 262 Japanese high schools chose Taiwan as their destination, with 41,878 students traveling to Japan's southwestern neighbor, while 254 schools -- 36,661 students -- visited the United States, including the islands of Guam and Saipan, for excursions.

Matthew Morrison, Who Starred In The Popular U.s. Tv Drama "glee" To Perform Solo Concerts In Tokyo

Matthew Morrison, who starred in the popular U.S. TV drama Matthew Morrison, who shot to stardom after starring in the popular U.S. TV drama "Glee," is to perform solo concerts in Tokyo next month.

Morrison, who comes from California, made his debut as a musical actor after graduating from university. In 2005, he received a Tony Award nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for his role in "The Light in the Piazza."

Sony Releases Silver Version Of The Popular A6300

Sony releases silver version of the popular a6300

Tacked onto the end of the Sony E-mount 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens announcement late last night was a short line that is very easy to miss:

Also announced today, Sony will be releasing a new silver color option for the popular α6300 camera. The sleek new silver camera body will be available in February 2018 at select retailers.

Japan Most Popular Tourist Destination For Chinese

Japan most popular tourist destination for Chinese

A survey conducted by a Japanese organization has revealed that Japan tops the list of countries and territories Chinese people want to visit.

Every year, the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, distributes its survey to relatively high income earners, between the ages of 20 and 49, in 6 major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. This year, more than 1,200 people responded.

Popular Japanese Comic "detective Conan" To Go On Hiatus

Popular Japanese comic

The long-running Japanese serial comic "Detective Conan" ("Meitantei Konan") will go on hiatus starting this month due to health concerns of its author and illustrator Gosho Aoyama, a notice in the installment released Wednesday announced.

"(Detective Conan) will be on hiatus for the foreseeable future so that I can recover from illness and rest up," Aoyama's message in the latest Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine read in part.

Yo Oizumi Returns As Popular Sapporo Sleuth

Yo Oizumi returns as popular Sapporo sleuth

By Hiromasa Takeda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterYo Oizumi once again plays the starring role in "Tantei wa Bar ni Iru 3" (The Last Shot in the Bar), the third film in the detective series directed by Teruyuki Yoshida. The film is currently showing in theaters.

It's been four years since the second film in the series; there was a chance to shoot a third installment in the series two years ago, but it didn't work out.