Japan aquariums vote to stop using dolphins from Taiji

May 20, 2015

Japan aquariums vote to stop using dolphins from Taiji

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced Wednesday that it will ban its members from buying dolphins caught off the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, amid protests from activists and pressure from a global industry body to stop the practice. JAZA reached the ...

Japan zoo body polls members on use of Taiji dolphins

May 13, 2015

Japan zoo body polls members on use of Taiji dolphins

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums is asking zoos and aquariums across the country to vote on the continued procurement of dolphins from the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, whose dolphin hunts and annual culls have riled activists worldwide. The unprecedented request by ...

18 looms as new age of majority

| May 4, 2015

18 looms as new age of majority

Japan’s youth will finally get a chance to have their voices heard in politics. Revisions to the Public Offices Election Law that would lower the minimum voting age to 18 from 20 are being deliberated in the Diet and are widely expected to be ...

Cartoon poop-logging apps aim to guard against cancer

May 1, 2015

Cartoon poop-logging apps aim to guard against cancer

Cutesy, busty female characters in miniskirts and maid costumes are regular fixtures of Japanese anime and manga, but a doctor in Tokyo is trying to use their universal appeal to educate people on what they rarely talk about in public: poop. Yosuke Ishii, a ...

Taco Bell returns to Japan with launch of Shibuya outlet

Apr 21, 2015

Taco Bell returns to Japan with launch of Shibuya outlet

What’s the same: that iconic bell sign, friendly and casual staff, and a range of crunchy and soft tacos and burritos. What’s different: a real live yuru-kyara mascot greeting customers, a couple of localized dishes, and prices double or triple those in the United ...