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Moves afoot to restore Nihonbashi Bridge district

Jul 20, 2014

Moves afoot to restore Nihonbashi Bridge district

Citizens’ movements are underway to restore scenery around Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Bridge that was lost when an expressway was built over it 50 years ago in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The beautiful Renaissance-style stone bridge with statues of lion and “kirin” mystical creatures came ...

River's savior still sees work ahead

Dec 19, 2013

River's savior still sees work ahead

Shoko Tsuru happily watched a multitude of tiny bubbles appearing on the surface of mud flats at the mouth of the Kuma River. The bubbles show that the mud flats are “living” with various creatures. “There used to be only mud here, but now ...

Mongoose busters out to save isle ecosystem

Jul 11, 2013

Mongoose busters out to save isle ecosystem

Making their routine rounds in the mountains of Amami-Oshima Island, which lies roughly halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, Shintaro Abe and Masahiro Nishi are relieved every time they find evidence their hard work is paying off: rabbit droppings. Abe, 49, is in charge of ...

NPO, JAXA join hands in guarding satellites

Dec 12, 2012

NPO, JAXA join hands in guarding satellites

Every day, observers at the Japan Spaceguard Association stare steadfastly at the skies 36,000 km above the equator. And they are deadly serious about their job — to guard Japanese satellites from colliding with space junk and debris. “Due to gravity, the sky above ...

| Aug 23, 2001

Pork-barrel highway entity key target for privatization

Kyodo News Japan Highway Public Corp. is the most symbolic privatization target of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s “structural reforms without sanctuaries” campaign. The corporation has strong political influence and huge operating expenses — 5.363 trillion yen in fiscal 2001. That’s about the same as ...