Zoo in Wakayama marks 15th panda birth

Sep 18, 2016

Zoo in Wakayama marks 15th panda birth

A giant panda at a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture gave birth to a female cub early Sunday, the zoo operator said, bringing the total number of pandas born there to 15. The 24-cm-long baby panda weighed 197 grams, and both the cub and mother ...

Sep 7, 2016

Wakayama shooting suspect had stimulants in his system

The man suspected of killing an employee at a construction firm last week in the city of Wakayama and who later shot himself to death had stimulants in his system, police said. The Wakayama Prefectural Police collected urine samples from the body of Yasuhide ...

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

Jun 11, 2016

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

UNESCO said Friday it has decided to propose approving Japan’s request to expand the World Heritage area of religious sites and pilgrimage trails in the Kii mountains straddling central and western Japan. The expansion will formally be endorsed by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and ...

M6.1 quake hits Wakayama Prefecture; no tsunami warning issued

Apr 1, 2016

M6.1 quake hits Wakayama Prefecture; no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Wakayama Prefecture on Friday morning, the weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued, although the agency said the temblor may cause minor sea-level changes along the coast. The quake struck at 11:39 a.m. and ...

Wakayama NPO chief using locusts for the perfect seasoning

Feb 3, 2016

Wakayama NPO chief using locusts for the perfect seasoning

In an effort to revitalize rural areas, nonprofit organization leader Hiroto Tanaka has developed a soy sauce-like seasoning using traditional fermentation technologies in western Japan. However, what makes his product unconventional is its basic ingredient — Japanese inago (locusts). The salty sauce “harmonizes well ...