An online retailer in Japan is selling lingerie sets based on four Disney Princesses in the annual Disney Fantasy Shop catalog. Lingerie inspired by Disney Princess characters is on sale for a limited time in Japan.
A yacht, a Ferrari, a pasta maker, and underwear are some of the items on celebrity Christmas gift wish lists this year. At least one star wants four more years, while another star hopes for a little respect.
Japan's Emperor and Empress turned off the lights and heat for voluntary palace power outages in support of citizens experiencing rolling blackouts. The Emperor and Empress also visited evacuees in Tokyo.
Victims of the recent Japan tsunami can stay in hotels and inns at the government's expense. Residents of a damaged area who are without household water can take baths in local hotels, and a Tokyo hotel postpones demolition in order to house refugees.
Foreign news reports bring preconceived notions to the forefront of the stories. Combined with on-camera theatrics and selective video and photos, the parachute journalists present a distorted version of the Fukushima effects on Tokyo.
Another explosion at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant possibly damages number-two reactor. Authorities say containment walls remain intact. It is the third explosion involving the Fukushima plant site.
Monday was unlike any day the Japanese people have faced. The power outages, the transit problems, and the recovery efforts are forcing Japan to band together and realize how their lives have been irrevocably changed.
An hour before the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, I was at home, in my Tokyo apartment, on the second floor of a five-floor ferro-concrete apartment built in the late 1980s and which met all the quake construction codes at the time.
The Japan government has revised its original plan that barred cash handouts to some foreigners, now allowing foreign residents to receive money. Though the government has announced the plan, legislators are still deliberating on budget appropriations.