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Giant tortoise on the run no more

Aug 16, 2017

Giant tortoise on the run no more

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Two weeks after going on the lam, a giant tortoise that went missing from a zoo in Okayama Prefecture has been found safe and sound in bushes about 140 meters away from the spot where she made her getaway. The man and his teenage son, ...

Overseas travel to Japan rises to a new record in July

Aug 16, 2017

Overseas travel to Japan rises to a new record in July

The number of foreign visitors to Japan hit a monthly record of 2.68 million in July, due to the summer vacation season and an increase in low-cost carrier flights, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. A total of 2,681,500 travelers visited the country from overseas, ...

Single-engine plane in Nara crash likely broke apart midair

Aug 16, 2017

Single-engine plane in Nara crash likely broke apart midair

The wreckage of small plane that crashed Monday killing two people was found scattered over a wide area, indicating the aircraft likely broke into pieces midair, an air safety investigator said. The single-engine plane might have caught fire after fragmenting and then fell into a ...

International treaty on curbing mercury pollution enters into force

Aug 16, 2017

International treaty on curbing mercury pollution enters into force

An international treaty to protect human health and the environment from mercury pollution entered into force Wednesday, paving the way for regulation of the manufacture, trading, use and disposal of the chemical. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, taking its name from the city in Kumamoto ...