Nov 18, 2016

Families love pets but lack disaster plans, survey finds

Pets are part of the family for 80.5 percent of some 3,500 people who were asked whether they would flee with their animals during a natural disaster. Despite this, just 4.2 percent of those surveyed had contingency plans in place for their pets. The ...

Japan surveys hot springs in bid to prevent hydrogen sulfide poisoning

Nov 10, 2016

Japan surveys hot springs in bid to prevent hydrogen sulfide poisoning

The Environment Ministry has started a fact-finding survey of hot springs facilities across the country to prevent hydrogen sulfide poisoning accidents. The ministry has sent questionnaires to municipalities asking about the current practice of measuring hydrogen sulfide concentration levels in indoor bathing areas at ...

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

Jul 7, 2016

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

The Environment Ministry is set to start a program to support zoos and botanical gardens making efforts to breed and preserve endangered species, informed sources said Thursday. Few of the zoological and botanical gardens set up by municipalities can cover their costs with admission ...

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

Apr 27, 2016

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals’ stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the ministry will ...