Japanese pearl industry rocked by 20 million oyster die-off

National Oct 31, 2019

Japanese pearl industry rocked by 20 million oyster die-off

The mysterious death of over 20 million Akoya pearl oysters in Ehime, Mie and other prefectures this summer is expected to hobble pearl production next year and beyond. While the cause of the die-off is unclear, oyster producers have started taking steps to minimize the ...

¥100 million in old bank notes donated to western Japan prefecture

National Feb 15, 2019

¥100 million in old bank notes donated to western Japan prefecture

An anonymous donation of around ¥100 million ($900,000) in old bank notes has been delivered to the Ehime Prefectural Government, the prefecture said Thursday. The prefectural government intends to use the money to finance rebuilding efforts to recover from last summer's heavy rain in the ...