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News from Japan - March 11, 2022

Commemoration of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident

Commemoration of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident

On this day, the Japanese observe a minute of silence at 2:46 p.m. (local time). At this time, 11 years ago, Japan's most severe natural disaster took place, and one of the worst in the world.

With a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, an earthquake and a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, 15,900 people were killed, 2,500 missing, and 3,786 people died from disaster-related illnesses.

Also, many residents were forced to flee their homes. Most, more than a decade later, have still not been able to return home, due to radioactive risks.

For the first time, no national ceremony was organized this year. The Japanese State having decided to cease these commemorations following the ten years of the drama. Nonetheless, many gathered to observe a minute of silence, pray and release dove-shaped balloons with a message to the fallen.

 

The ponytail is prohibited in high-schools because it is considered too "exciting"

The ponytail is prohibited in japanese high-schools because it is considered too exciting

In some colleges in Japan, we find obligations that are both strict and totally absurd.

For example, some Japanese schools impose a certain length of socks on students, but also the shape of their eyebrows, or the shape and color of their hair. Indeed, the hairstyle with shaved sides is prohibited, and students who do not have straight black hair (like most Japanese people) must prove it with photos of their hair.

Among these rules, there are others that young girls are subject to. They must wear white underwear. Even more surprising, in some establishments ponytails (which would reveal their necks) are prohibited. These obligations make it possible not to “excite” or attract the boys of the college too much.

 

A new Japanese snack: butter chocolate

A new Japanese snack by Crunky: butter chocolate

Japan is renowned for its unique snacks. Whether it's atypical tastes or combinations of flavors, you can find sweets in Japan that you can't find anywhere else!

And the makers of Crunky, a popular Japanese candy bar, have come up with a new guilty pleasure: buttery chocolate.

The first product in a new range of confectionery, “Guilty Pleasure”, the chocolate is inspired by the taste of butter, with a text that is both melting (butter) and crunchy (puffs of rice spread in chocolate). A touch of saltiness, typical of butter, is added to the whole.

The makers claim to have created an addictive taste, and recommend eating it on bread, or even using it as a topping for ramen or fried chicken.


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