Taiji holds annual memorial service for whales

Apr 29, 2017

Taiji holds annual memorial service for whales

The town of Taiji, known for its whale-hunting traditions, held an annual memorial service on Saturday for whales captured and killed.Some 100 people including fishermen gathered in front of a whale-shaped monument at a park in the town and offered incense in a gesture ...

Mar 12, 2017

Elephant kills Thai handler at Wakayama amusement facility

An animal handler died Sunday after being hit by the trunk of an elephant at an amusement facility complex in Wakayama Prefecture, police said.Wichai Madee, from Thailand, and another handler were washing the animal in a cage at Adventure World in the resort town ...

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

Jan 23, 2017

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

A fire at an oil refinery that forced nearby residents to evacuate Sunday in Wakayama Prefecture subsided early Monday, allowing local authorities to lift an evacuation order for some 3,000 residents shortly after 4 a.m.According to local police and fire departments, no injuries have ...

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 Rauhin, ...