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 ...

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Dec 24, 2014

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Are you feeling lucky? Donors who give cash to the city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture are being rewarded with unconventional thank-you gifts: lottery tickets. Since November, Ube has been sending stacks of tickets to well-wishers who make a contribution to city coffers through ...

Apr 1, 2014

Hague court ruling looks to sideline whalers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi indicated his desire Tuesday to find ways for Japan to continue whaling despite the International Court of Justice’s order to discontinue the activity. While expressing regret over the ICJ’s ruling Monday that the country must stop its ...

Abe urges companies to raise wages

Jan 5, 2014

Abe urges companies to raise wages

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday urged corporate managers to accept demands for higher pay in the coming “shunto” spring wage negotiations with their labor unions. “We need to create a good cycle in which improved corporate earnings get reflected in wages, lead to consumption ...

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Jul 28, 2013

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Parts of western Japan were deluged by rain early Sunday, triggering mudslides and floods that left at least two people missing in Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures. The storm prompted the weather agency to warn that “some areas are seeing unprecedentedly heavy rains” and to ...

Yamaguchi murder suspect nabbed

Jul 26, 2013

Yamaguchi murder suspect nabbed

Police arrest a 63-year-old man in connection with the slaying of five people and the torching of two of their homes in the hamlet of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.