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Though not wild about other cats (nor impressed at all by dogs), Jewel’s love of people has helped her bear the drastic upheaval in her life.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Feb 26, 2024
A purr like a symphony
Jewel's purr rises in a slow crescendo that’s almost lyrical — pure music to a cat lover’s ears.
Kimiyo Moriwaki and Scallywag (newly christened as just "Wag") have made the most of their new family.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Feb 19, 2024
Scallywag has more than enough reasons to wag his tail
Another success story from one of ARK's rescue dogs and the loving family that took a furry friend in.
Laurier needs an active friend or family who’s not afraid of romping around.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Feb 12, 2024
Laurier is a big girl with a bigger heart
Laurier also has an endearing way of begging with her front paws — if that doesn’t melt your heart, nothing will.
Once a scared little kitten, Iko has warmed up to any and all comers.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Feb 5, 2024
Iko is a scaredy-cat no more
Iko is a gentle girl who will let you clip her claws, brush her, whatever you like — as long as it means she’ll get stroked and fussed over.
Tussock is expected to get scooped up by his next forever family soon.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Jan 29, 2024
Tussock is an affectionate rock star
For active people, Tussock is a dream dog. For everyone else, as one ARK staff member says, “He’s a total rock star!”
Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee competes during the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
OLYMPICS / Figure skating
Jan 28, 2024
Russian skater Valieva's future rests on sports court's decision
Valieva's positive doping test ignited a scandal at the 2022 Winter Olympics when she was just 15 years old.
Sakura takes a while to warm up to strangers, but she has a playful side just waiting to get out.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Jan 22, 2024
Sakura the cat needs a trusted friend
Sakura takes a while to warm up to strangers, but she has a playful side just waiting to get out.
Wannabe has an insatiable appetite — a tasty snack coming his way will always put this pup in a good mood.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Jan 15, 2024
Wannabe the Shiba wants to be yours
This dashing pup is a little nervous when meeting new people, but he’ll soon let you into his inner circle.
Just imagine these big green marbles staring up at you as you and Koto relax together on the couch after a long day.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Jan 8, 2024
Koto the cat is looking for the lap of luxury
When Koto first arrived at the shelter, she was nervous and had little interest in food. Now, she is making up for lost time.
Seiji Maehara (center) with other members of his new party, Free Education for All, at the parliament on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 21, 2023
Seiji Maehara launches new party to unite opposition against LDP
The former foreign minister's new Free Education for All party aligns in its major policy priority with Nippon Ishin no Kai.
A supplied image of a leopard shown to research subjects and the image reconstructed by generative artificial intelligence using brain activity.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan scientists create world's first mental images with AI tech
The technology, dubbed "brain decoding," enables the visualization of perceptual contents based on brain activity.
Cinnabar is an awesome puppy who is wiry and busting with energy.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Dec 5, 2023
Cinnabar the puppy is a real treat
Rescued from a home where dogs were bred to hunt boar, Cinnabar is looking for a place where he can just be a puppy.
Jatz and Biscotti are best buds and hoping to find a new home together.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Nov 27, 2023
Cats Jatz and Biscotti are the best of friends
Having arrived at the shelter as kittens, Jatz and Biscotti have become fast friends and are hoping to find a new home together.
Tora's face says, "Scratch me here, please!" Or was that his meowing?
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Nov 3, 2023
Tora and Timothy are a cat and dog who love to chill
Some dogs are super hyper, but that's not Timothy. He's young and shy, but he also likes other dogs and quiet environments.
The National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 24, 2023
Hospital seeks approval for embryonic stem cell treatment
The treatment targets babies with a congenital disorder that renders their livers unable to detoxify ammonia.
One of Lily's eyes has been "dark" since she was young, but she won't have any trouble seeing the light in a new family's hearts.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Oct 15, 2023
Lily the cat will make a sweet addition to your home
A feline in her evening years, Lily is full of love and looking for a calm place to call home.
A fragment of a German cockroach found in Nara Prefecture
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 13, 2023
One of the world’s most common cockroaches may have origins in Japan
The discovery marks what could be the first evidence of the presence of the species during Japan’s Kofun Period.
Truffle's distinctive markings may be genetic, shelter staff believe he has a bit of the Kai Ken breed in his lineage.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Oct 8, 2023
Truffle the dog's distinctive markings get heads turning
Young and a bit wary, once Truffle gets used to you he'll be your closest pal.
Mysteriously suspended on the water of the Fugan Canal in Kansui Park, Hiroko Kubo’s “Mountain Dogs” (2023) are made from materials that reflect the industries of Toyama.
CULTURE / Art
Oct 7, 2023
An introspective Go For Kogei turns its attention to Toyama
The craft-art festival focuses on the historically industrial city to explore the Hokuriku region's crafts in an urban setting.
Both Lamington and Tim Tam are  increasingly putting more importance on playtime.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / ADOPT ME!
Oct 1, 2023
This pair of cats are as sweet as their names
Lamington and Tim Tam were brought into the shelter together and are hoping to stay close when they get adopted.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves