Sumiyo Yoshikawa

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Giant squids turning up along Sea of Japan coast

Feb 19, 2014

Giant squids turning up along Sea of Japan coast

A number of giant squids have been caught along the coast of the Sea of Japan this year, raising concerns among fishermen that it might represent some kind of “omen.” The giant squid, classified as Architeuthis, is the largest invertebrate. One giant squid was ...

Thriving great cormorants threatening local freshwater fish

Feb 5, 2014

Thriving great cormorants threatening local freshwater fish

Rapidly increasing numbers of great cormorants, forming colonies near lakes and rivers, have been causing serious damage to local fish stocks such as “ayu” (sweetfish) and koi, according to researchers. The domestic population of the great cormorant once tumbled to about 3,000 during the ...

Buddhist bachelor priests turn to matchmaking parties

Jan 8, 2014

Buddhist bachelor priests turn to matchmaking parties

Finding marriage partners is a problem shared by many young Buddhist priests, who have few opportunities to meet people of their own generation. An event was held last month at a restaurant in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, to help them find marriage partners. It was ...

Famed sake brewer carries on

Oct 9, 2013

Famed sake brewer carries on

Norimichi Kusumi, 66, can finally heave a sigh of relief having turned over the management of a 180-year-old sake brewery in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, to his son, Yoshitaka, 42, after struggling to protect the business from a series of natural disasters. The fourth son ...