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Day: 4 June 2022

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People urged to avoid the Tube on Monday with workers set to strike

People are being warned to avoid the London Underground on Monday, with workers set to strike straight after the Jubilee weekend.Thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are staging a 24-hour walkout because of a dispute over jobs and pensions. Tube lines across the capital will be affected from the start of service on Monday until 8am on Tuesday, with only some services running, Transport for London (TfL) said.Many stations will be closed, especially those in central and south London, and those that do open may only be in operation for limited periods.While the DLR, London Overground and TfL's trams are not impacted, they are expected to be much busier. Advertisement Andy Lord, TfL's chief operating officer, said: "I'd like to apologise to London for the impact this strike will have on journeys tomorrow and on Tuesday morning. "We know it's going to be damaging to London and the economy at a time when public transport is playing a crucial role in the capital's recovery." More on London Related Topics: Why are workers going on strike?TfL is working on achieving financial sustainability on its operations by April 2023, as required by previous funding agreements with the government.As part of that, TfL has proposed not recruiting into around 500 to 600 existing positions as they become vacant, which the RMT says constitutes lost jobs.The union argues that working agreements will also be torn up, and that pensions are at risk.TfL has insisted nobody will lose their job as a result of its proposals, and no changes are on the way for pensions.General secretary Mick Lynch wants a face-to-face meeting with Sadiq Khan to "sort this mess out"."There's no point in our union continuing to sit opposite management representatives who have neither the inclination nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power lies with the mayor," he added. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 10:48 Rail strike action is 'very likely' 'It's not too late'With London having been flooded with visitors for the Jubilee weekend, a major boost for the capital's economy as it recovers from the pandemic, there are concerns over the timing of the strike action.It comes ahead of the looming possibility of the biggest rail strike in decades, with RMT members nationwide having voted to walk out over pay, compulsory redundancies and safety concerns.Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the strike was "extremely disappointing" and called on the union and TfL to "sort out their dispute".He continued: "Ultimately, this will only harm London's economy, and it is time for TfL to sort out their dispute with the RMT, so we can get back to building prosperity and showing the world that London is open for business."The transport secretary has previously warned that any rail strike could cause a "heart attack" to an industry already on life support.Mr Lord said: "My message to the RMT is this - it's not too late to call off tomorrow's strike action."

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Recipe: Sweet bean treats, two ways

An, also known as anko (red bean paste), forms the foundation of most wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets). There are various types of an, but the easiest to make at home is tsubu-an, a sweet, chunky paste made with adzuki beans. An is used to make wagashi such as ohagi or botamochi, the pounded rice dumplings served at higan (holidays around the spring and fall equinoxes). Other tsubu–an favorites include dorayaki, where the paste is sandwiched between small pancakes, taiyaki (fish-shaped pastries filled with tsubu-an) daifuku (mochi-wrapped sweet bean paste) and much more. Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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Against the elements, Kyushu wine beats the heat

Ajimu, Oita Prefecture – The fine bubbles of wines from France’s Champagne region are the key to what makes them so prized and prestigious. And a cool, stable climate is a major factor in enabling the crisp elegance of Champagne. In balmy Kyushu, Koji Furuya of the Ajimu Budoshu Kobo winery has beaten the odds. His sparkling wine, crafted in Champagne’s labor intensive methode traditionelle — for the finest of bubbles and a rich toasty flavor — won silver at last year’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. It’s a recognition Furuya calls the result of “years of hard work and experimentation.” Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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Harry and the house that Hosono built

Harry Styles has accomplished a lot this year. The most successful former member of beloved pop group One Direction, his latest solo effort, “Harry’s House,” topped charts with some of the strongest first-week sales of 2022. The 28-year-old singer also headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this past April. Perhaps less immediate but just as impressive, he has helped cement Haruomi Hosono’s status as the most revered Japanese musician among Western music fans. Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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「みんなが無料だと赤字に」 お祭りの存続へ、求められる工夫は?

 人手不足や運営資金難で困っている日本のお祭りを支え、後世に残そうと奮闘する女性がいます。オマツリジャパンの加藤優子社長(34)です。人口減がつづくなか、「(お祭りは)今まで通りで良い、という考えでは存続が危ぶまれてしまう」と言います。地域にはどんな工夫が求められるのでしょうか。 5月21、22日、東京の浅草神社で三社祭が開かれた。3年ぶりに宮みこしの巡行があり、会場は熱気に包まれた。コロナ禍が一時より落ち着き、今年は各地でお祭りが開かれている。「お祭りの継承に向け、必死に頑張っている地域が多い」と実感する。 幼い頃から絵描きをめざした。美術大学で現代アートを学んでいたが、3年生だった2011年3月、東日本大震災が起きた。未曽有の災害を前に「自分のアートでは、人を救えないのではないか」と、無力感に襲われた。 日本中が暗く沈むなか、8月に青森ねぶた祭に足を運んだ。観光客は少なかったが、地元住民らが続々と外に出てきて、踊り始めた。元気な人たちを久しぶりに見た気がした。「お祭りって、こんなに人を笑顔にするパワーがあるんだ」 卒業後、漬物メーカーで働きながら、人手不足などで困っているお祭りの手伝いをするようになった。支援に専念しようと300万円をためて退職し、15年に1人で会社を立ち上げた。 経営の知識はなく、苦難の連続だった。スタッフが足りないお祭りの企画・運営に半年間携わったが、渡された謝礼は数万円。運営の資金不足で、これが限界という。会社の1年目の売上高は、約140万円だった。記事の後半には、加藤社長へのインタビューも掲載。お祭りの収益化に必要なことなどを聞いています。 でも、おかしいと思った。日…この記事は有料会員記事です。残り2731文字有料会員になると続きをお読みいただけます。

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