A dog named Harp: Music to your ears

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Apr 7, 2014

A dog named Harp: Music to your ears

The gentle Harp was found abandoned in a hot springs area. Concerned staff from a hotel fed her bread and, eventually, she got up the courage to come nearer and was caught. Luckily her destination was ARK.

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

Business / Corporate Feb 13, 2014

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled a new service for dogs Thursday that enables owners to monitor their pets' health and location by smartphone. "We'd like pet owners to have more communication with their dogs through mobile technologies," Koichi Takahara, Docomo's director of M2M (machine-to-machine) business, said ...

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

National Nov 8, 2013

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

by Kazuki Sawada

Many municipalities are struggling to curb the number of cats they dispose of every year. Latest figures show that the number exceeds 130,000 nationwide. Many officials at animal care centers are concerned that the number is unlikely to fall unless owners change their attitudes toward ...

'Architecture for Dogs'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Oct 23, 2013

'Architecture for Dogs'

by Jordan Sievers

Despite being "man's best friend," we rarely design our world around the happiness of dogs. Under the direction of designer Kenya Hara, this exhibition seeks to rectify that neglect and explore new perceptions of modern architecture — to the scale of canine tenants. Thirteen constructions are ...

Destroying pets at Kochi animal center pains staff

National May 21, 2013

Destroying pets at Kochi animal center pains staff

by Kazuki Sawada

Sasano Nomura, 26, mournfully recalled the first time she put dogs to sleep as a staffer at the Small Animal Management Center in Kochi Prefecture, saying: "I killed them." Nomura, who began working at the center six years ago, still feels depressed when she hears ...

Famous dog statues to leave Tokyo Tower

National May 16, 2013

Famous dog statues to leave Tokyo Tower

Work began Wednesday at Tokyo Tower to remove the statues of 15 Sakhalin huskies that accompanied the first Japanese expedition to the Antarctic in the late 1950s. The statues, which have stood near the broadcast tower for more than 50 years, include those of Taro ...