National Jul 13, 2014

Abnormally long rainy season ends in Amami

The rainy season has ended in the Amami region off Kyushu, the Meteoroligical Agency said Sunday. Although the season ended in nearby Okinawa on June 26, the annual phenomenon continues in most other parts of Japan. In the Amami islands, part of Kagoshima Prefecture, the rainy ...

Mongoose busters out to save isle ecosystem

Environment Jul 11, 2013

Mongoose busters out to save isle ecosystem

by Yuzo Suwa

Making their routine rounds in the mountains of Amami-Oshima Island, which lies roughly halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, Shintaro Abe and Masahiro Nishi are relieved every time they find evidence their hard work is paying off: rabbit droppings. Abe, 49, is in charge of the ...