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Soup for 30,000 Cooked Up in Single, Giant Pot at Yamagata Festival
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, Yamagata, imo-ni, giant pot, soup, Japan )

Naoko
- 2 days ago - mainichi.jp
Go big or go home. That might as well have been the slogan for the 26th Yamagata Imoni Festival here on Sept. 14, as organizers cooked up 30,000 servings of beef and vegetable soup in a single, massive pot.
Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-Year-Old Challenges World's Fastest Man
Offbeat  (tags: diet, health, interesting, 103-years-old, Japan, running, sports, exercises )

Naoko
- 19 days ago - japantoday.com
Miyazaki, who hails from tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture, about 200 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, was a late bloomer, only taking up running at the age of 92 after watching an old people's sports day broadcast on television.
Japan Paid ¥380 Million in Compensation for Accidents Caused By U.S. Military Personnel
Offbeat  (tags: usa, asia, troops, military, crime, Japan, compensation, burden, Okinawa, SOFA )

Naoko
- 34 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Under the agreement, which forms the legal framework for U.S. military personnel operating in Japan, the Japanese government is obliged to cover 25 percent of compensation for incidents that occur during U.S. military duties, even if Japan played no role
Zoo Makes Wild Fashion Statement With Lion-Ripped Jeans
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, off-beat, fashion, jeans, tiger, ripped, zoo, Japan )

Naoko
- 55 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, has taken the catwalk to a new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look.
Politician Proposes Giving Newlyweds Pierced Condoms
Offbeat  (tags: bizarre, politician, stupid, birth rate, condoms, Japan )

Naoko
- 59 days ago - japantoday.com
TOKYO -- A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country's dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday.
Rumors Swirl After Girls Mysteriously Collapse at Fukuoka School
Offbeat  (tags: bizarre, Japan, girls, collapsed )

Naoko
- 75 days ago - japantoday.com
The Internet is exploding after a succession of high school girls in Fukuoka Prefecture disturbingly collapsed during school hours on Monday. Students who were at the scene took to their Twitter accounts to post updates as the bizarre spectacle unfolded.
Lawmaker Bursts Into Tears at Press Conference Over His Use of Public Funds
Offbeat  (tags: performance, funny, Japan, assemblyman, tears, shame )

Naoko
- 76 days ago - japantoday.com
The assemblyman shouts incoherent excuses in between gut-wrenching sobs, punctuated by the long intakes of breath necessary to power the next outburst.
Picture of Cop Guiding Duck Family to River a Twitter Sensation
Offbeat  (tags: goodnews, ducklings, Japan, Sapporo, police )

Naoko
- 92 days ago - mainichi.jp
SAPPORO -- A picture of a policeman guiding a stray duck family down to a river has created a sensation on Twitter, already gaining some 12,000 retweets.
One Woman's Mark on the Nation's Constitution
Offbeat  (tags: society, war, asia, humanrights, women's rights, Japan, Constitution, Beate Sirota Gordon )

Naoko
- 93 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Beate Sirota Gordon, who played a big role in drafting the women's rights section of the Japanese Constitution.
Tohoku Cat, Missing Since 2011 Disaster, Reunited With Owners
Offbeat  (tags: pets, goodnews, Japan, cat, missing, Tohoku Kanto Earthquake, reunited )

Naoko
- 129 days ago - ajw.asahi.com
A cat was reunited with its owners on May 9, more than three years after the pet disappeared and was presumed killed by the 2011 tsunami that devastated this northeastern city.
Radiation Level in Tuna Off Oregon Coast Tripled After Fukushima Disaster
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Animals, Biology, Earthquake, Ecology, Health, Japan, Natural disasters, Science, Security, USA )

Ray
- 140 days ago - rt.com
While the state of Oregon gears up to test its shores for radioactive contamination from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, university scientists have found that radiation levels in some albacore tuna caught off its coast have tripled.
Shinkansen Cleaning Crew Have Just 7 Minutes to Get Train Ready
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, shinkansen, bullet train, cleaning, team work, seven minutes, fast, interesting )

Naoko
- 142 days ago - japantoday.com
These cleaning crews are charged with covering every inch of a train's interior when it arrives at its final stop and preparing it for the next wave of customers-and they have just seven minutes to do it.
Pacific Naval Powers Sign Pact Aimed at Preventing Conflicts
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Arms, Asia, China, Conflict, Japan, Military, Navy, Politics, Robert Bridge, Security, USA )

Ray
- 146 days ago - rt.com
As US military action increases in the western Pacific, more than 20 countries became signatories to an agreement on Tuesday that establishes guidelines for communication, while hoping to halt military maneuvers in disputed areas.
Cannabis: The Fabric of Japan
Offbeat  (tags: cannabis, Japan, fabrics )

Naoko
- 150 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
"Most Japanese people see cannabis as a subculture of Japan but they're wrong," Takayasu says. "Cannabis has been at the very heart of Japanese culture for thousands of years."
'Sakura From Space' Blooms Early
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, interesting, sakura, cherry trees, cherry blossoms, Orbit, Japan, space, ISS )

Naoko
- 157 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with an unusual number of flowers.
 

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