Hokkaido villagers bid for world record with 295 pairs of frozen jeans

The bid in the village of Sarabetsu involves 295 pairs of trousers of various colors and sizes.

Around 120 participants set up the jeans Sunday evening as the mercury hit minus 5.3.

Freezing jeans in cold weather and displaying them for fun has taken off since folks began doing it in the U.S. state of Minnesota this winter.

Crown Prince Naruhito, ahead of his 56th birthday on Tuesday, said he and Crown Princess Masako hope residents of northeastern Japan, hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will be able to rebuild their lives as soon as possible. (Japan Times)

No flannel, this is serious. Villagers in Hokkaido are making a bid for a Guinness World Record with the largest number of frozen pairs of jeans standing in the snow. (Japan Times)

The South Korean Foreign Ministry condemned the Japanese government on Monday for sending its representative to a local event the same day to renew Japan’s claim to Sea of Japan islands controlled by South Korea. (Jiji Press)

The average unit price of new condominiums put up for sale in Japan in 2015 jumped 7.2 pct from the previous year to 46.18 million yen, hitting the highest level since statistics began in 1973, the Real Estate Economic Institute said Monday. (Jiji Press)

Police in Kikuchi, Kumamoto Prefecture, have arrested two women on suspicion of the attempted murder of a male employee at a beauty salon and residence. (Japan Today)

A 53-year-old male police officer shot himself in a restroom at the Denenchofu police station in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Sunday night. (Japan Today)

Kansai Electric Power Co said Monday that a radioactive coolant water leak at an idled reactor in western Japan was caused by insufficient tension of a bolt used in a valve installed in a pipe. (Japan Today)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have concluded that the face of a 38-year-old transgender man was eaten by his pet dogs after he committed suicide at his residence in Fussa City last year, reports Nippon News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)

Kansai Electric Power Co. said Saturday it has found a puddle of radioactive water on the floor of the auxiliary building of the Takahama nuclear plant’s No. 4 reactor, which it is preparing to reactivate this month. (Jiji Press)

Plum trees bloom at Kairakuen, regarded as one of the nation’s three finest gardens, on the first day of a plum festival in Mito on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)

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