| Apr 27, 2014

Japan whaling future in doubt

The future of whaling in Japan was thrown into doubt after the International Court of Justice ruled March 31 that the nation's annual hunt in the A ntarctic was not really for scientific purposes, as Tokyo had claimed, and ordered it halted.

Apr 26, 2014

Kari gāru

Kari gāru, or hunting girls, are — quite literally — following in the footsteps of the modish mori gāru ("forest girls," who are interested in carefree, outdoor lifestyles) and yama gāru ("mountain girls," who enjoy fashionable hikes).

Apr 12, 2014


Stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency first came to the public's attention on Jan. 28, after the British journal Nature published research showing that Haruko Obokata and her team in Kobe had successfully reprogrammed the adult cells of mice into STAP cells by subjecting them to ...

The <I>sakura</I> front sweeps across Japan

| Apr 6, 2014

The sakura front sweeps across Japan

by Hiroko Kimura

Spring — the season of sakura (桜, cherry blossoms) — has finally arrived and the entire country has been transformed into a fairyland tinted pale pink. In a heartening season of renewal after winter’s chill, a wave of sakura washes over these islands. Usually ...

The sounds of everyday Japanese life

| Mar 30, 2014

The sounds of everyday Japanese life

by Peter Backhaus

Living in Japan can be quite a noisy experience. Even in my quiet little neighborhood, rarely a day passes without a great variety of sounds being heard. Four days a week the garbage truck fills the air with its most peculiar orugōru (オルゴール, music ...