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Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. “We will never stop it,” Yoshifumi Kai of the local fisheries cooperative told reporters. The news conference came a week after Japan’s ...

JAZA holds annual meeting, with dolphin hunt on the agenda

May 28, 2015

JAZA holds annual meeting, with dolphin hunt on the agenda

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums started its two-day annual general meeting on Thursday, where they its member bodies were expected to hear more about the association’s recent decision to ban the acquisition of dolphins from a controversial drive hunt. The heads of ...

May 28, 2015

Mie Prefecture apologizes over bear attack

Officials in Mie Prefecture have apologized to neighboring Shiga Prefecture after an elderly woman was attacked by a moon bear 6 km from where they released such an animal. The 88-year-old woman from Taga suffered severe injuries including a broken right cheekbone after being ...

'Emoji' among words added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

May 28, 2015

'Emoji' among words added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

“Emoji,” a word of Japanese origin, is among more than 1,700 new entries that have been added to the Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary, its publisher has said on its official blog. The dictionary defines “emoji” as “any of various small images, symbols, or icons used ...

May 28, 2015

Record-low 19 minke whales hunted off Tohoku coast

A nonprofit organization engaging in coastal whaling said it hunted 19 minke whales off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture this year, the lowest number since the whaling for research purposes started there in 2003. Toshihiro Mogoe, who led the whaling team, also said Wednesday ...

Okayama gets Japan's first tax-free shopping arcade

May 28, 2015

Okayama gets Japan's first tax-free shopping arcade

An entire shopping arcade in the city of Okayama became duty-free on Thursday, the first such mall to do so nationwide as Japan tries to lure visitors to destinations away from the heavily trodden tourist trail between Tokyo and Kyoto. About 20 shops in ...