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Japan's latest big thing: 'virtual YouTubers'

| Jul 17, 2018

Japan's latest big thing: 'virtual YouTubers'

by Kazuaki Nagata

YouTube erected a platform where commoners could climb the ladder to stardom. Now, the video-sharing giant is seeing another wave of new talent diving into a glittering entertainment scene. They aren't exactly human, though. These entertainers are called "virtual YouTubers," or "VTubers," and are represented by digital ...

More otters smuggled for sale in Japan as demand as pets grows

Jul 17, 2018

More otters smuggled for sale in Japan as demand as pets grows

Japan was found to be the top destination for otters recovered in Southeast Asia between 2015 and 2017 after capture for intended smuggling, according to a recent survey by a wildlife monitoring group, with experts pointing to their growing popularity as pets in the ...

2,000 people taken to hospitals as Japan bakes in heat wave

Jul 16, 2018

2,000 people taken to hospitals as Japan bakes in heat wave

A heat wave continued to scorch Japan on Monday, with some regions seeing temperatures hitting record highs for the year. Temperatures topped 39 degrees in Ibi gawa and Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture in western Japan. The mercury climbed above 38 in eastern and central regions, ...

Farm damage from Japan's rain disaster put at ¥48.1 billion

Jul 16, 2018

Farm damage from Japan's rain disaster put at ¥48.1 billion

Damage on the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors from the recent torrential rain that hit mainly western Japan has been estimated at ¥48.05 billion, the agriculture ministry said. The figure, assessed as of Monday morning and up from ¥43.69 billion as of Sunday morning, is ...

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