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Friday
May132011

Japanese Businessmen Trade Suits for Hawaiian Shirts, Sandals

BLOOMimage/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The Japanese are ditching traditional suits and ties for Hawaiian shirts and jeans at work.

In a country where the black suit and tie is virtually a workplace uniform, a call for no ties and short-sleeve shirts is cause for news. On Thursday, Japanese officials took the call a step further, green-lighting T-shirts, jeans and sandals in the office.

The look is dubbed "super cool biz;" it's the government's campaign slogan to promote energy conservation in light of the power shortage triggered by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The push for business casual comes as Japan braces for an uncomfortably hot summer where air conditioning will be in short supply.

When the earthquake and tsunami crippled Fukushima's reactors, they reduced energy supply to major cities like Tokyo. On Friday, the operator of another nuclear plant began shutting down two of its reactors -- a move made after questions were raised about earthquake safety. With those two plants now out of commission and more than half of Japan's nuclear plants halted for inspection, the country faces the prospect of a serious power shortage in the peak summer months.

Japan has promoted "cool biz" for years now. The program began six years ago to cut down on carbon emissions. Air conditioning at offices was turned down, inside temperatures set to a sweltering 82 degrees, and workers were given permission to suit up in short-sleeved button-ups and ditch the jackets. The campaign has helped slash millions of tons of greenhouse gases and they've helped retailers make millions selling "cool biz" wear, including underwear that helps soak up sweat. With looming power shortages, the government has added the "cool biz" wear to include jeans and sandals this year, though shorts and flip flops still won't be allowed.

Workers will begin revealing the new look at the beginning of June. There is not yet a separate dress code for women.

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Friday
Apr292011

Police Make Arrests While Prince William and Kate Middleton Wed

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The events surrounding Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding are not yet over, but already, British police have made at least 43 arrests for a variety of offenses, according to Scotland Yard. Those offenses include breach of the peace, handling stolen goods, assault and possessing an offensive weapon.

Below, a rundown of the arrests as of 7 a.m. ET:

  • 1 for sexual assault
  • 1 for assault
  • 1 for criminal damage
  • 1 for drug offense
  • 5 for drunk and disorderly conduct
  • 1 for warrant
  • 1 for offensive weapon
  • 25 for breach of the peace
  • 1 for public order
  • 3 for theft
  • 2 for going equipped
  • 1 for another infraction

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Kate Middleton to Wear Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Tiara?

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth has often loaned or given royal brides a tiara on their wedding day, and royal wedding watchers are abuzz over which of the queen's many crowns Kate Middleton might get to wear. In fact, the future princess' royal wedding day headgear is of such interest that bookmakers across the United Kingdom and around the world have set odds on it. And one curious wager is leading many to believe that decision has already been made.

ABC News contributor Duncan Larcombe reported in The Sun that a "well-spoken, middle aged woman" bet £6,000 that Kate Middleton would wear the "Fringe" tiara. Queen Elizabeth wore this tiara to her own wedding in 1947. It was her "something borrowed." If the bet pays off, at 12-1 odds, this gambler stands to win £72,000 (over $115,000).

Alex Donohue, spokesman for the betting house, told Larcombe, "If the punt comes home, we'll lose a fortune. This woman either has more money than sense, or she is very well informed."

The origin of the Fringe tiara is often debated among royal authorities. Some historians believe it was made in 1830 from diamonds that belonged to King George III. The Royal Collection states that it was made in 1919 for Queen Mary from a necklace she received as a wedding present from Queen Victoria. The tiara has been handed down through generations of British royals. In 1936, it was given to the Queen Mum, who in turn lent it to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth, and her granddaughter, Princess Anne, on their wedding days.

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