Natsuko Fukue
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Japan slams borders shut as world races to stem new Covid variant
by Natsuko Fukue - November 29, 2021 - 4:34pm
Japan announced plans Monday to bar all new foreign travellers over the Omicron variant of Covid-19, joining a growing list of countries trying to erect virtual fortresses against the heavily mutated new strain...
Japan's Princess Mako to marry after years of controversy
by Natsuko Fukue - October 26, 2021 - 7:33am
Emperor Naruhito's niece Mako, who turned 30 over the weekend, will lose her royal title when she and Komuro register their marriage.
Japan starts vaccine rollout with healthcare workers
by Natsuko Fukue - February 17, 2021 - 2:08pm
Japan began vaccinating healthcare workers against the coronavirus on Wednesday, rolling out a cautious inoculation program with just over five months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
A hole new world: Japan city lights up sewer covers
by Natsuko Fukue - August 21, 2020 - 2:48pm
The humble manhole cover might not seem like much of a blank canvas, but one Japanese city is reimagining the possibilities with illuminated versions featuring anime characters.
Japan emperor completes enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony
by Natsuko Fukue - October 22, 2019 - 1:23pm
"I hereby declare my enthronement at home and abroad," Naruhito said from inside an elaborately adorned structure housing his throne, with his wife Empress Masako alongside him standing before her own throne.
Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan
by Natsuko Fukue - October 13, 2019 - 9:46pm
Serious flooding was reported in central Japan's Nagano, where a burst levee sent swollen waters from the Chikuma river gushing into residential neighborhoods, flooding homes up to the second floor.
Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?
by Natsuko Fukue - August 31, 2019 - 3:44pm
From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalizing on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.
Skin deep: Japan's 'washi' paper torn by modern life
by Natsuko Fukue - July 1, 2019 - 2:19pm
Once an indispensable part of daily life in Japan, ultra-thin washi paper was used for everything from writing and painting to lampshades, umbrellas, and sliding doors, but demand has plunged as lifestyles have become...
Getting to zero: the Japan town trying to recycle all its waste
by Natsuko Fukue - June 16, 2019 - 6:17pm
Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020.
Valley of the dolls: scarecrows outnumber people in Japan village
by Natsuko Fukue - April 17, 2019 - 5:10pm
Nagoro, around 550 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Tokyo, has become known as the valley of dolls after local resident Tsukimi Ayano began placing scarecrows on the street to inject some life into her depopulated...
Japan abdication stirs female succession debate
by Natsuko Fukue - April 8, 2019 - 11:46am
Japanese Emperor Akihito's historic abdication later this month has reignited concerns over the future of what is believed to be one of the world's oldest royal families, given its hereditary, male-only succession...
The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast
by Natsuko Fukue - February 11, 2019 - 12:25pm
As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom.
Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides
by Natsuko Fukue - September 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors yesterday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least 11 people and leaving dozens missing.
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