Gold medalist Hanyu receives 4-year supply of rice in Sendai

SENDAI, April. 23 — Cheers went up once again at the sight of Japanese figure-skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu in his hometown parade. Prior to the parade, Hanyu received a 4-year supply of locally-grown rice, or about 240 kg of rice, from Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai on April 22. So, what does the four years of rice mean? It means rice from Miyagi, the region of his country, will keep him going to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Games. Hanyu, 23, successfully defended his gold medal at the PyeongChang Games in February, after injuring ligaments in his ankle during a practice in November. The organizer said the April 22 event … Continue reading

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Japan to have more rice mills and warehouses to ship to China

TOKYO, May. 10 —Japan will have two new rice mills and five more fumigation warehouses certified for exports to China, a key step to access more Japanese rice in the world’s largest rice market, the two governments have agreed. This is significant because Japan so far has only one rice mill and two fumigation warehouses approved by China. In 2017, Japan exported 11,800 tons of rice, of which only 298 tons shipped to China. Experts say that the Japanese rice exports may be linked to political moves related to Tokyo and Beijing turning a new page for more constructive bilateral ties in the near future. Japan and China signed a … Continue reading

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China is ready to expand farm imports from Japan: Premier Li

SAPPORO, May. 12 —China is ready to expand agricultural imports from Japan, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, when he made a 3-day visit to Japan that ended May 11. “China would like to import more safe and high-quality agricultural products from Japan,” Li said. The Chinese premier attended the Japan-China Governors’ Forum with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 11 in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. Li cited Hokkaido’s modern agricultural technology and said: “China also want to boost cooperation with Hokkaido in the agriculture sector.” The forum was organized by Japan’s National Governors Association. Japanese governors from 6 prefectures including Hokkaido and Yamagata, and 12 Chinese provincial governors … Continue reading

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Giant gingerbread home is back during Golden Week holidays

TOKYO, May. 4 — A giant gingerbread house emerged in the busy shopping district of Jiyugaoka Station during the Golden Week holidays. The three-meter gingerbread house used some 2,000 pieces of candies and other sweets, according to the event organizer. When started building a gingerbread house in time for the Golden Week holidays 10 years ago, the house was as high as two meters, the organizer said.

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Awaji onions debut at Japan’s premier online Niconico party

CHIBA, April. 29 — Awaji onions debuted at Japan’s premier online event outside of Tokyo. A three-meter hut with hanging Awaji onions emerged at the annual Niconico Chokaigi at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, held on April 29 and 30. “Awaji Island is well known for its onions and you can see them hanging up to dry almost anywhere you go on the island,” explained an official from Sumoto city in Awaji, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan. “We hope visitors feel the atmosphere of Awaji Island,” he added. The two-day gathering, organized by the video service Niconico, attracted 161, 300 visitors and recorded 6.12 million stream viewers. At the event hall, activities … Continue reading

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