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Students develop fertilizer from <I>shōchū</I> distillation remnants

National Aug 21, 2018

Students develop fertilizer from shōchū distillation remnants

Students in Kumamoto Prefecture have developed a low-cost method to cultivate photosynthetic bacteria for use as fertilizer using the distillation remnants of shōchū, a traditional Japanese liquor. The student researchers, led by Aoi Koga, 24, from Sojo University's Graduate School of Engineering in the city ...

Foreign visitors to Japan hit 20 million this year at record pace

National Aug 21, 2018

Foreign visitors to Japan hit 20 million this year at record pace

The number of foreign visitors to Japan has reached an estimated 20 million in 2018 at its quickest annual pace, particularly helped by Chinese tourists, the government said Monday. The figure topped the 20 million mark last Wednesday, one month earlier than the previous record ...

Dog found alive in landslide rubble six days after going missing

National Aug 21, 2018

Dog found alive in landslide rubble six days after going missing

A dog was rescued from underneath rubble six days after going missing during last month's landslides in western Japan, offering some heartening news for the small community that was devastated by the disaster. Kinuko Miyamoto, 72, was overjoyed at the survival of the 7-year-old female ...

Police resume search for missing French woman in eastern Japan

National Aug 21, 2018

Police resume search for missing French woman in eastern Japan

Local police Tuesday resumed their search for a French female tourist who went missing in Nikko, Toshigi Prefecture, late last month. Around 20 personnel, including some in wet suits, searched for Tiphaine Veron, 36, along the Daiya River near a lodging house where she stayed ...

Editorials Aug 21, 2018

Padding the data on hiring people with disabilities

The revelation of government malpractice in the mandatory employment of people with disabilities should trigger more discussions on what's needed to promote hiring of these people so they can give full play to their potential in the nation's workforce.

Tanaka Isson: Better late than never

Art Aug 21, 2018

Tanaka Isson: Better late than never

by Matthew Larking

Limited success in Tokyo led Tanaka Isson (1908-77) to burn his sketchbooks, sell his house, and move to Oshima, where he lived in near poverty painting in a vibrant style that posthumously captured the nation's heart.

Don Mattingly to manage MLB stars against Samurai Japan

Baseball Aug 21, 2018

Don Mattingly to manage MLB stars against Samurai Japan

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly will lead a team of major league All-Stars against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan, in November. It will be the first time the two sides have met since 2014, ending a drought of visits by the MLB All-Star side. "We are ...

Osaka Toin romps to victory in 100th Koshien final

Baseball Aug 21, 2018

Osaka Toin romps to victory in 100th Koshien final

All but one player in the Osaka Toin starting lineup had at least one hit as it pounced on Kanaashi Nogyo 13-2 in the final of the National High School Baseball Championship on Tuesday. Osaka Toin, which won its fifth Summer Koshien title and eighth ...