Year-end lottery open to all in Japan
December 12, 2009
TOKYO — Foreigners, including members of the U.S. military community, are eligible to try their luck with Japan’s end-of-year lottery.
Nenmatsu Takarakuji Jumbo Lottery tickets are 300 yen each (about $3.40). There are 70 tax-free grand prizes of 200 million yen each (about $2.2 million).
The deadline to buy tickets is Dec. 22.
Other prizes range from 50 million yen (about $560,000) to 300 yen, the cost of the original ticket.
The drawings will be held on Dec. 31. Foreigners will need some Japanese-language assistance to find out whether they’ve won. Winning numbers will be posted on a lottery hot line at 03-3236-1192, in Japanese newspapers and on the Web at http://www.takarakuji.mizuhobank.co.jp/ .
The lottery ticket booths are often located outside Japanese railway stations.
Prizes must be claimed within a year of the drawing.
Restrictions eased on H1N1 vaccines
CAMP LESTER, Okinawa — U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and the 18th Medical Group are offering the H1N1 vaccine to others besides servicemembers.
Pregnant women, primary caregivers of children under 6 months of age — child care workers and parents — and children ages 6 months to 5-years-old are now eligible.
The shot will be available this week at two locations:
n Dec. 14-15, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. at Keystone Theater on Kadena Air Base.
n Dec. 17, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. at Globe & Anchor club (Building 460) on Camp Foster.
H1N1 vaccine also is available at immunization clinics at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa on Camp Lester, Kinser Family Medicine Clinic, Bush Family Medicine Clinic on Camp Courtney, and 18th Medical Group Clinic on Kadena Air Base.
For more information, call USNH at DSN 643-7622 or 18th Medical Group at DSN 630-4710.
Zama 2nd-graders to perform play
Second-graders at Camp Zama will perform an original production titled "Go to Sleep Before Christmas Billy" at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Arnn Elementary School cafeteria.
The performance is open to all SOFA-status residents, and admission is free.