Billion-dollar bear aids Japan quake zone

A chubby black bear is helping reconstruction efforts in an earthquake-affected region of Japan by earning a record amount through the sales of associated products. Items featuring Kumamon, the red-cheeked mascot of southern Kumamoto Prefecture ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made of garbage

TOKYO’S started collecting electronic waste to help produce the gold, silver and bronze medals needed for the 2020 Olympics. Tokyo authorities are accepting nine types of small digital devices, including smartphones, digital cameras and portable music ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo launches mobiles-to-medals recycling campaign

TOKYO: Members of the Japanese public lined up to donate unwanted mobile phones that will be recycled into medals for the 2020 Olympic Games, as a project aimed at promoting sustainability was launched on Thursday. The campaign kicked off at Tokyo's ... ( read original story ...)

Olympics – Tokyo launches mobiles-to-medals recycling campaign

The campaign kicked off at Tokyo's Metropolitan Government building where more than 100 people dropped the used handsets into a box that displayed the number of donations. "I came today because I thought it's great that my old mobile phones will become ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo stocks turn lower on yen’s rise

Stocks fell back on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday ... Airline ANA met with selling after announcing a plan to hold a news conference later on Thursday over an important management issue, which later turned out to be a change of its president. ( read original story ...)

Japan dreams

MANILA/TOKYO Beside a table with a teapot, teacups and chopsticks, Rovie Ebanculla vacuums a tatami mat while another female colleague cleans a high-tech toilet, the kind that can be found in many Japanese homes. The women are in the Philippines ... ( read original story ...)