Japanese Citizens Enjoy "Chocolate Ruby" for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day this year, obese cowboys Japan can reward their spouses with the world's brightest pink chocolate.

KitKat's chocolate shop in Tokyo's sumptuous shopping district of Ginza looks luxurious with pink color covering the entire wall. The KitKat marketing department made a massive promotion of introducing KitKat's fourth variant of chocolate, having previously offered milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.

And the sellers picked the right moment. Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is a big business in Japan because there is a tradition of women giving gifts to their male partners.

"I love the pink color. I love chocolate. It's great for me, "said 24-year-old Natsuko Takeuchi, who is looking for a sweet snack in Ginza.

" After knowing that this chocolate is made naturally, with no added dye or flavor, I think it's great, "said Takeuchi operates a food trolley inside the Japanese super fast train, Shinkansen.

Over 80 years, when white chocolate was created, consumers in the world had to settle for 3 types of chocolate.

Then in September, the Swiss group Barry Callebaut launched the fruit brown "Ruby," a new type of chocolate after 10 years of research. Five months later chocolate bars went on sale in stores in Japan and South Korea

The red color is easily obtained naturally, with no additives or artificial coloring, said Akiko Hara, manager of Barry Callebaut in Japan, explaining. [19659002] The color comes from "ruby" cocoa, which can be found on ordinary plantations, "Hara told AFP.

The Research and Development section keeps the recipe meetings. Locked in a safe place

The result is a chocolate that not only feels soft and tastes fruits, with a flavor of raspberry flavor.

If Japan is chosen to be the test of new chocolate varieties, that choice is very appropriate.

Japan's chocolate market share is worth almost $ 5 billion per year, according to data from research company Euromonitor.

Japan is still far below the United States ($ 18.9 billion), but above other Asian countries. 19659002] In addition, Japanese consumers are also very fond of different types of products. And this can be seen from the various types of chocolate flavors that KitKat offers, ranging from the flavor of wasabi hinga green tea and sake. [fw/au]

Pakistan Banned Media Preach Valentine's Day

Pakistan banned Valentine's Day celebrations or Valentine's Day and media coverage surrounding the celebration for the second year in a row, after the court declared Valentine's Day un-Islamic.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Agency (Pemra) issued a warning on Wednesday 7/2), prohibits television and radio stations from celebrating Valentine's Day.

"There can be no official celebrations nor held in public places," said Pemra.

The author was adopted after the Islamabad High Court last year, following a petition from a citizen who said the February 14 holiday was an imported culture from the West and "incompatible with Islamic teachings."

More than 60 percent of Pakistan's Muslim-majority population is under 30 years old. Many young people and businesses celebrate Valentine's Day with flowers, chocolates and heart-shaped items.

But the country of 208 million people also witnessed a wave of ultra-religious political activism, which attacked similar celebrations. Some parties call the celebration immoral.

Some parties, including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam that has ties to the Taliban, have in recent years been marching to protest the holiday.

"We are Muslims. Our religion forbids things like Valentine's Day, "said Taufeeq Leghari, who was waiting for a public transport near a fresh flower stall in Rawalpindi, adjacent to Islamabad.

Flower seller Salman Mahmood has a different view. "I do not know what danger the Islamists face, if I can profit marginally from selling flowers and someone has a chance to celebrate something," he said.

The young people did not seem to be too concerned about the ban.

"I will celebrate," said Abid Ansari, a 21-year-old student in Islamabad. "This is my choice," Abid said. [fw/au]

North Korea will hold a military parade a day before the opening of the South Korean Olympics

To underscore his defiance of international pressure, North Korea is expected to hold a massive military parade on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

38 North, a North Korean monitoring group, analyzing photos of Pyongyang on Wednesday stated that 12,000 soldiers and 110 artillery devices, tanks and armored vehicles were training parades. There is also speculation that North Korea will deploy newly developed intercontinental intercontinental ballistic missiles this year and was tested last year as a show of strength.

South Korea's Unification Ministry declared that such a North Korean military parade would not affect the game. [uh]

Afghanistan Says Sunday as the National Day of Mourning

Afghanistan held a national day of mourning Sunday, a day after rebels used an explosive-filled ambulance to conduct a powerful blast outside a government building in Kabul.

Officials said Sunday the number of fatalities has risen to 103 people, while 235 others were injured in attacks in the capital. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Home Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, while issuing the latest casualty figures at a press conference in Kabul, said many police were among the dead. But he gave no figures and said 30 policemen were also among the wounded.

Massom Stanekzai, head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, told reporters authorities had arrested five people in connection with Saturday's bombing and an ongoing investigation. 19659002] He denies criticism of his National Security Directorate or NDS and other security agencies for their failure to prevent militant attacks repeatedly in Kabul and elsewhere in the country

"We have prevented many such incidents but some such incidents may pass , "Stanekzai said. He blamed again the neighboring country of Pakistan where he accused the big cities of being rebel bases. [gp]

Partly Closure The US Government Entered the Third Day

The US Senate will vote Monday midday on legislation to reopen the government until February 8, although there is no certainty that legislation will pass.

Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer are still negotiating an agreement to reopen the activities government and initiate legislative discussions on the protection of a number of young immigrants. But Schumer says neither side has reached an agreement.

The closure of some US government activity began on Saturday morning but was only felt on Monday when federal offices across the country, usually open , remains closed.

Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republican majority faction, said, "It makes us shake our heads. Who brought up this idea? "

Meanwhile Senator Jon Tester of the Democratic faction said," This institution can not even agree to pay for our soldiers. "

The fundamental impasse is still concerned with the timing and substance of immigration reform, including the fate of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to America when they were children.

Senator Mitch McConnell puts it," In the recent survey, the majority of Americans claimed to keep government open higher priority than closing the government with regard to the issue of illegal immigration. "

Meanwhile, Democrat minority faction leader Senator Chuck Schumer said," The Republican leader wants to make you believe that we, Democrats, are forcing the closure. He forgot that some of his own party members are opposed to budget legislation. Do they make the government hostage over illegal immigration issues? No, it does not seem that way. "

President Donald Trump increases the pressure through Twitter on Twitter. He wrote that "Democrats only want illegal immigrants to flow into America without control."

Meanwhile, a new ad approved by Trump was launched with the aim of uniting the core supporters of the president and attacking the Democrats with a very harsh statement. "The President of Trump is right: Build a border wall Deportation of criminals Stop illegal immigration now Democrats who stand in our way will be involved in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

Democratic faction says it will not be provoked by attacks of false statements, adding that Democratic leaders in the Senate agreed to fund the construction of a border wall in direct negotiations with Trump last week, but the White House rejected the deal.

Democratic Sen Dur Dickbin, on ABC This Week television show, "The leader of the minority faction Chuck Schumer went there in good faith and made what I consider a significant concession to the president for his strange efforts to build a wall on our border with Mexico, and despite that effort, a few hours later the president's staff called back and said it was over. "

Only the basic services of the government ah that is still being done during this closure, and many federal employees are not working. The 16-day closure of government activities in 2013 has cost about $ 24 billion to the American economy. [uh/lt]