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May 29, 2015

More locals dropping accents when speaking with outsiders: survey

More Japanese switch between using standard Japanese and various dialects according to who they are speaking with, a National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics survey has showed. The institute has been conducting a survey once every 20 years to look into the changes ...

Stand-up comedian Ima Ikuyo dies of stomach cancer

May 29, 2015

Stand-up comedian Ima Ikuyo dies of stomach cancer

Ikuyo Ima, known fondly by her fans as “the skinny one” of the female stand-up comedy duo “Ima Ikuyo Kuruyo,” died Thursday of stomach cancer at a hospital in Osaka Prefecture, her agent’s office said Friday. She was 67. Ima was diagnosed with the ...

No aquariums quit industry body over ban on Taiji dolphins

May 29, 2015

No aquariums quit industry body over ban on Taiji dolphins

The industry body that represents Japanese aquariums and zoos ended its two-day general meeting Friday with some members expressing dissatisfaction with its recent ban on acquiring dolphins caught in drive hunts, but there were no resignations over the issue. The Japanese Association of Zoos ...