May 20, 2016

Putin may visit in December, meet Abe in Yamaguchi

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Japan at the end of the year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi possibly the venue for talks between the Russian and Japanese leaders, several sources linked to Japan-Russia relations said Thursday. According to the ...

Putin may pay visit to Abe's home turf in Yamaguchi

May 11, 2016

Putin may pay visit to Abe's home turf in Yamaguchi

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Yamaguchi Prefecture this autumn, diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s family home is located there, and it is the district he represents as a lawmaker. The sources said Abe issued the invitation while meeting with Putin ...

Yamaguchi zoo gives roaches image overhaul

Jul 23, 2015

Yamaguchi zoo gives roaches image overhaul

A Japanese zoo is trying to do the impossible — improve the image of cockroaches, putting on an exhibition of one of the world’s most hated insects. With a whopping — and disgusting — 4,000 species around the planet, the hardy creature can survive ...

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

Jun 13, 2015

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

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Three meters above my head, the rectangular offering box of Motonosumi Inari Shrine seems impossibly out of my reach. For the 23rd time, I wind back my arm and attempt to lob my chosen donation between the narrow slats. For the 23rd time, the ...

Jun 12, 2015

Environment minister says coal plant approval is problematic

The need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of a strategy for this makes it hard to approve a new coal-fired power plant planned by a venture between Osaka Gas Co. and Electric Power Development Co., Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Friday. ...

Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old

Feb 16, 2015

Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old

The nation’s oldest captive tiger has died of natural causes at an animal park at the age of 22, or equivalent to more than 90 human years, a park official said. The female tiger, who was called “Meru,” was born in May 1992 at ...