>Seafood on the Shinkansen
Since the number of passengers on the Shinkansen has dropped significantly due to the new coronavirus, JR East has begun an experiment to transport fresh seafood from Miyagi prefecture to Tokyo for the first time using the seats on the Shinkansen.
On August 26, squirts and oysters from Miyagi prefecture, which were landed on the morning of the same day, were transported to the Tohoku Shinkansen departing Sendai Station before 11:00 am.
The Shinkansen arrived at Tokyo Station in about two hours, and was served as sashimi and vinegared food at the seafood restaurant on the premises after 2:00 pm.
According to the fishermen who participated in the initiative, when it comes to transportation by truck, it often arrives in Tokyo the next day, but if you use the Shinkansen, you can shorten the time until it is provided at restaurants by a whole day.
Due to the impact of the new coronavirus, the number of passengers on the Tohoku Shinkansen is only 30% of the same period last year as of last week.
For this reason, JR East is extensively considering measures to compensate for the decline in revenues from the railway business.
>Musk the third-richest person
Elon Musk passed Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg Monday to become the third-richest person in the world, closely following Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Tesla CEO now has a total fortune of $115.4 billion compared with $110.8 billion for Zuckerberg.
Musk, 49, has seen a meteoric rise in his wealth, with his net worth growing by $87.8 billion this year as Tesla shares surged almost 500%.
Also helpful: an audacious pay package - the largest corporate pay deal ever struck between a chief executive officer and a board of directors - that could yield him more than $50 billion if all goals are met.
>Chinese take home leftovers
A recent survey has shown that 91.2% of the Chinese respondents tend to take home their leftovers when dining out.
Around 92% of the respondents believed saving food is a virtue that would never become anachronic, and 85.7% said saving food squares with the contemporary concept that values the quality of life, according to the survey conducted by China Youth Daily.
Respondents also gave their opinions on how to help reduce food waste.
Around 61.8% advised restaurants and eateries to offer serving chopsticks, which would be instrumental for customers to pack the leftovers.
A similar proportion of respondents said it might be useful to promote smaller-portion or half-portion dishes.
About 59% advised catering businesses to introduce coupons or other incentives for customers who clear their plates after dinner.
A total of 2,009 persons participated in the survey.
>Pandemic response survey
Americans rank dead last - by a long way - among citizens of more than a dozen countries who were asked whether their nation is more united now than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.
And they come in a statistical joint last place with the British on whether their country has handled the pandemic well, the poll finds.
In the US, fewer than two in 10 people (18%) said the country is more united now.
That's a full 21 percentage points below the next lowest-ranking countries, Germany and France, where just under four in 10 (39%) respondents expressed that opinion.
Denmark had the highest percentage saying their country was more united now, with more than seven in 10 (72%) giving that answer.
The findings come from a Pew Research Center survey of 14 advanced economies in North America, Europe and Asia. The Washington, DC-based think tank interviewed 14,276 adults by telephone from June 10 to August 3.
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