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Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

National Jan 8, 2019

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

Despite the workload and responsibility, being a giant panda breeder at a zoo is something 37-year-old Kimiyo Shintani takes great pride in. Shintani's day centers around six giant pandas, including a 4-month-old female cub, kept at the Adventure World amusement park in the small resort ...

Paralympic repair specialist fixing to help at 2020 Tokyo Games

National May 17, 2018

Paralympic repair specialist fixing to help at 2020 Tokyo Games

When it comes to repairing the specialized equipment of Paralympic athletes, technicians experiment with the latest technologies on the spot, even though their work can often mean the difference between success and failure. Hiroki Nakajima, one of two Japanese technicians who worked on athletes' wheelchairs ...