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News from Japan - March 18, 2022

Princess Aiko's first press conference

Princess Aiko's first press conference

Princess Aiko, Emperor Naruhito's only daughter, held her first press conference alone.

She brought a message of peace and hope for better international relations, as her father had declared on her birthday, February 23. It also brings its support to the Ukrainian people, who suffer the invasion of Russia.

She says her grandfather who abdicated three years ago, Emperor Akihito, told her that royal duties were to stay close to the people. This is also why she addresses her thoughts to the victims of the natural disasters of the week, and even of the earthquake and the tsunami of March 2011.

Under current law, Princess Aiko is ineligible to ascend the throne. However, according to recent polls, the majority of public opinion (80%) would be in favor of the presence of female emperors.

 

The most popular dog breeds in Japan

The very popular Japanese dog called Shiba Inu

The ranking of the 10 most popular dog breeds in Japan is out:

1

Poodle

20,6%

2

Chihuahua

14,4%

3

Mongrel

13,9%

4

Shiba

9,2%

5

Dachshund

5,1%

6

Pomeranian

4,9%

7

Schnauzer

3,3%

8

French Bulldog

2,9%

9

Yorkshire terrier

2,5 %

10

Shih tzu

2,2 %

McDonald's launches its sakura dessert

McDonald's launches its sakura pie dessert

To celebrate the approaching spring season, McDonald's is adding a new limited-time dessert. Hot sakura pie made with sakuramochi, which is a traditional sweet from Japan.

Sakuramochi has a special flavor and is made of: a sweet pink-colored mochi (rice cake), a sweet filling made from adzuki bean paste and a pickled cherry blossom leaf.

The Sakuramochi pie at McDonald's would thus contain sweet red bean paste, a soft sakura-flavored mochi comprising pickled sakura leaves. The company has been meticulous about making this dessert, with the contrast between the crunchy texture and the smooth, chewy center.

This dessert will be available in Japan from March 23 to mid-April for 150 yen, or 1.14 euros.


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