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Social media users are fueling a burgeoning appetite in Japan for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend could push species toward extinction. Popular Instagrammers posting selfies with their pet otters may simply be seeking to warm the ...
With Sunday's partial entry into force of a Tokyo Metropolitan Government ordinance against passive smoking, related regulations will start at various facilities in the capital, including a rule obliging restaurants to put stickers to show whether indoor smoking is allowed or not. The move comes ...
In November 2014, traditional washi papermaking techniques were included on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Over the next few weeks, we shall visit three of the nation's most prominent washi-making sites, largely unchanged for centuries, to discover the charm and potential inherent in handmade ...