Tottori focuses on bright side with pink-themed photo contest

Apr 28, 2016

Tottori focuses on bright side with pink-themed photo contest

Two years after giving its airport the nickname Tottori Sand Dunes Airport, named after the popular manga series “Detective Conan,” Tottori Prefecture on Thursday launched a photo contest in a bid to revitalize the region. As part of the Pink Tottori! Tottori Photo Contest, ...

Alien red-ear sliders greatly outnumber Japan's own turtles

Apr 26, 2016

Alien red-ear sliders greatly outnumber Japan's own turtles

Invasive red-ear slider turtles now vastly outnumber endemic Japanese turtles and are causing significant stress to the ecosystem, the Environment Ministry said Friday. A study has put the number of red-ear sliders at 8 million, eight times the total population of endemic species. Originally ...

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...

Embassies working to help non-Japanese quake survivors

Apr 18, 2016

Embassies working to help non-Japanese quake survivors

Foreign embassies and other diplomatic missions were arranging transportation and offering advice for non-Japanese people affected by the recent Kyushu earthquakes as local officials struggled to get a handle on their situation. “We are trying to reach municipalities to find out the numbers of ...