Nationalities represented at a disaster drill for foreigners in Sumida-ku last month
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Newly Released Emergency Ration Cup O' Noodles Last for Three Years
The Cup O' Noodles that "saved your life" in college may now actually save your life in an emergency situation.
Reported to be ready in three minutes, but last for three years, these emergency ration ramen noodles were cooked up in the test kitchens of the Cup Noodle Museum in Kanagawa prefecture and the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka. Two types of emergency ration instant ramen are available: "Chiken Ramen" and "Cup Noodles." Each canister of ramen has a shelf life of three years and will be available for a limited time from Nissin Foods.
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Elderly shoplifters may need help not punishment, say prosecutors
February 22, 2013
Alarmed by the number of elderly and mentally disabled people who repeatedly shoplift or walk out of restaurants without paying, regional prosecution offices are trying to help such offenders instead of sending them to court.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office said it hired a part-time social welfare expert on Feb. 21 to help it build connections with welfare institutions and explore whether assisting people in need can reduce petty crime.
It will be the first such office in Japan to conduct a trial like this, but already some public prosecutors at the Tokyo office have been--at their own initiative--handing repeat offenders to welfare institutions.