An Iconic Figure in Medicine Passed Away at Age 105

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, the legendary man of medicine in active service past age 100, passed away on July 18 morning due to respiratory failure at age 105.

July 18, 2017 at 1:26 am

Heat Island - Japan

The whole island of Japan - down south from Okinawa to way up north to Hokkaido, the entire archipelago is moaning under a deadly heat averaging 33-35°C for days on. That's between 91+ to 95°F.

July 12, 2017 at 2:19 am

Poisonous South American Ant Invading Inland Japan

A highly poisonous ant, Hiari or Solenopsis invicta, so far found only at a few ports, is now traced inland, 30 km inside Nagoya Port, July 10.

July 5, 2017 at 12:17 am

Asuka-dera in Nara Credited for the Oldest Pearls

Asuka-dera, otherwise known as Hokoji Temple, in Asukamura, Nara is one of the oldest temples in Japan built in 588 shortly after the arrival of Buddhism in Japan.

July 4, 2017 at 12:09 am

Tokyo Governor Koike Grabs More than Comfortable Majority in Metropolitan Assembly

The 127-seat Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election just over, the Tokyoites are to have a new greenish assembly under Governor Yuriko Koike who had a while back won her own gubernatorial election with more or less similar lopsided results.

June 19, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Tourist Pollution? in Kyoto

The story has to do with a disturbing movement in one of Japan's most charming tourist town - Kyoto.

June 14, 2017 at 12:58 am

Kounotori (Ciconia ciconia) Fledging in Tokushima

Kounotori or white stork is a special natural monument, the wild species of which exterminated 40 years ago in 1971.

June 6, 2017 at 11:56 pm

Chiba to Apply for GSSP: Chibanian?

Here's a bit academic terminology for you to chew on - Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point, or GSSP in short, meaning a certain stratigraphic section that defines the lower boundary of a stage on the geologic time scale.

May 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Shinjuku's Tourist Info Station Drawing Over 100 Thousand Visitors

Here's a valuable info for foreign tourists on a visit of Japan - perhaps this might help some of you currently touring Tokyo.

May 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

Princess Mako to Wed ICU Classmate

A delightful news flashed across the nation yesterday as the first daughter of Thier Highnesses Fumihito and Kiko of Akishinonomiya, Princess Mako, has found her husband in the person of the commoner Mr. Kei Komuro of Yokohama - ex-classmate at International Christian University.

May 16, 2017 at 11:39 pm

1-Meter+ Alligator Gar Caught in Hyogo

Heard of alligator gar? They are the largest species in the gar family and perhaps the largest predatory freshwater fishes in North America.

April 22, 2017 at 3:01 am

Gold Ingots Stolen in Sado - But All in Replicas!

Here's a shocking and yet amusing case of burglary - 5 kilos of gold ingots in replicas stolen at Aikawa's Folk Museum, past midnight April 17.

April 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

Japan's Population Dropping Ever Faster

The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts, and Telecommunications disclosed April 14 that Japan's population as of October 1, 2016, stood at 126.93 million including foreign residents - a decrease of 162,000 over the preceding year 2015.

April 4, 2017 at 1:43 am

Social Awareness Poll Marked Record Highest Since 2008

The Japanese people are content with the social environment, on the whole, disclosed the recent public opinion poll on social awareness compiled by the Cabinet Office, April 1.

March 7, 2017 at 12:05 am

No Crows in Town; Fewer Swallows and Sparrows

Yes, crows have left urban areas; no so many swallows and sparrows around in town these days.

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