Fire ant found in cargo bin at Tokyo port

Jul 7, 2017

Fire ant found in cargo bin at Tokyo port

A fire ant has been found in a container unloaded at the Oi cargo terminal at the Port of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Thursday, confirming the venomous and highly invasive species has entered the Kanto region following discoveries at ports in western Japan, ...

Third fire ant infestation confirmed at Nagoya port

Jun 30, 2017

Third fire ant infestation confirmed at Nagoya port

A third fire ant infestation has emerged at Nagoya port, following two similar discoveries last month in Kobe, the Aichi Prefectural Government said Friday.The aggressive reddish-brown ants, highly invasive and native to South America, are feared for their painful stings. The pest, formally known ...

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 results ...

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 such ...