Flowers are budding and blooming everywhere, and how refreshing it is! Spring is here folks (although I wish the weather would warm up here in Shizuoka). Here's another round of top Japan links from the past two weeks for you. Maybe enjoy it with a sakura treat or two? ;)
Living in Japan
Over 60% of early quake warnings since 3/11 false alarms (Japan Times) - At least we'll always be "prepared"?
Domino’s Pizza runs Buy 1 Get 1 Free campaign (Japan Today) - Although, unfortunately for many of us, Domino's is only available in some locations around Japan. Speaking of pizza though, did you know Sbarro exists in Japan?
Six Tokyo Starbucks Try All-You-Can-Read Offer (RocketNews24) - Enjoy your beverage and a good book at the same time. Without the price of the book.
Push to replace Tokyo's aging expressways with tunnel routes revived (Japan Times) - Will Tokyo get a facelift?
Facial ID system mulled to speed up airport immigration (Japan Times) - Speaking of faces, the Ministry of Justice may introduce a new facial ID system to speed things along at ports of entry. Looks like they may start testing it on Japanese nationals this summer (foreigners, you will still be fingerprinted, at least for now).
Food poisoning deaths jumped in '11 (Japan Times)
Reason to skip judo class (Japan Times) - Parents of junior high kids in public school will definitely want to read this.
Uniqlo opens mega-store in Ginza, with 100 foreign staff (Japan Today) - After a few days the line was still ridiculously long. So I didn't go in. Maybe next time I'm in Tokyo.
Columbia Sportswear Co opens store in Harajuku (Japan Today) - More gear-purchasing options for you outdoor lovers! By the way, you might also be interested in this comprehensive post listing gear stores online and throughout Japan.
Hand-Crank Vending Machine for Emergencies (Japan Trends) - Other than solar power, here's another "powerful" concept.
72 evacuation routes established along tsunami-damaged Hachinohe Line in Aomori and Iwate prefectures (Daily Yomiuri)
Improved JLPT Registration Process (Ishikawa JET) - You can now sign up for the JLPT online.
Hyogo bans smoking at schools, hospitals (Japan Times) - It's surprising to me that smoking wasn't banned in these places before...
Elecom Wireless Projection Keyboard is All Keys and No Board (RocketNews24) - Expensive, but kind of cool.
Tokyo Mob Blocks Ambulance. “You should be ashamed, Japan!” (RocketNews24) - Some city folks said this didn't surprise them. I was personally shocked. Isn't moving for an ambulance an ingrained thing? So sad.
Japanese Beef and Potato Croquettes (Korokke) (Lovely Lanvin)
Recipe for red sea bream sashimi with cherry blossom (Japan Times)
Top-class sukiyaki at a fraction of the price (Japan Times)
Natural Lawson takes it to the next level (Japan Pulse) - I wish they had Natural Lawson outside of the Tokyo/Yokohama area. :( By that I mean I wish they had it also in Shizuoka...
Seafood Miso Noodle Soup Recipe (Steamy Kitchen Recipes)
Hamburg Steak Recipe (Hambāgu) [No Recipes]
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis/Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Aichi to build quake debris incinerator (Japan Times)
80% in Japan support nuclear phase-out (Japan Today)
App displays photos of disaster area (Japan Times)
Volunteers still needed in Tohoku (Japan Today)
New regime for food radiation tests (Japan Times)
Japan remembers, rebuilds one year after tsunami (The Big Picture - Boston.com)
Japan's nuclear refugees (The Big Picture - Boston.com)
Chronology of major events related to the nuclear crisis (Japan Times)