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Testing the market for all-electric cars
Jun 5, 2009 by Time

As Japan's top automakers, Toyota and Honda, battle it out for supremacy in the hybrid car market, Japan's smaller car companies are taking a different eco-car road. Mitsubishi Motors on June 5 presented its zero-emissions i-MiEV - Japan's first fully electric vehicle (EV) for the global market. Production of the egg-shaped vehicle, which has a range of 160 km on a single charge, kicked off this week; fleet sales will start in Japan next month and the car is expected to reach U.S. buyers by the end of next year. (Time)
Japanese men bring 'bento' for lunch as pocket money dwindles
Jun 4, 2009 by Bloomberg

Japanese men are bringing lunch to work as the deepest postwar recession shrinks their paychecks and pocket money. Nine percent of men started packing "bento" boxed lunches this year because of the economic slump, according to an annual survey published by Shinsei Financial Co. in Tokyo yesterday. Men surveyed said they ate home-made bento, which typically contain rice, meat and vegetables, more frequently than buying food or dining out. (Bloomberg)

Police officer handling theft cases nabbed for purse-snatching
Jun 5, 2009 by AP

A 29-year-old Ehime prefectural police officer, whose duties mainly involve investigating theft, was arrested Thursday for allegedly snatching a purse from a woman in the city of Okayama in Okayama Prefecture, police said Friday. (AP)

Japanese researcher recalls imprisonment in North Korea
Jun 5, 2009 by CNN
Euna Lee has been in North Korean custody since March when she and another reporter were detained.
(Euna Lee has been in North Korean custody since March when she and another reporter were detained.)

As the trial for two American journalists began Thursday in North Korea, a former Japanese journalist has recounted his experience while he was imprisoned in the country for about two years. "When I was first arrested, I thought my life had ended. I was wondering how I would be killed, by public execution, by poisoning?" Takashi Sugishima said in a recent interview. (CNN)

Govt eyeing H1N1 vaccines for 20 mil. people this year
Jun 5, 2009 by Yomiuri

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to green-light the production this year of 20 million vaccines against the new type of influenza, sources said Thursday. Production could start as soon as early July after the ministry distributes to vaccine makers H1N1 virus strains that it obtained from the United States to produce vaccines for the new flu, according to the sources. (Yomiuri)

Green tea Coca Cola to debut in Japan
Jun 5, 2009 by AFP

Forget "Classic" or "New" Coke. In Japan, you can soon have your cola flavored with green tea or basil. Green tea-flavored Coca-Cola will hit Japanese stores June 8, Coca Cola (Japan) Co. spokesman Katsuya Sato said Thursday. It contains tea antioxidants called catechins, leaves a slight green tea aftertaste and is mainly targeted at health-conscious women in their 20s and 30s, Sato said. (AFP)
By J.S. on Jun 7, 2009



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