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Farewell, Johnny: Japan's oldest chimpanzee dies at 69

National Jan 16, 2019

Farewell, Johnny: Japan's oldest chimpanzee dies at 69

Johnny, Japan's oldest chimpanzee, has died at the estimated age of 69, a zoo in Kobe said Tuesday. The African-born male chimp had seen his appetite diminish since around September and he had been staying inside his sleeping chamber since 2017 due to age-related health ...

Wild boar found wandering around residential area of Kobe

National Nov 26, 2018

Wild boar found wandering around residential area of Kobe

A wild boar was seen Sunday afternoon strolling around a residential area in Kobe, surprising passersby. The animal appeared at about 4:30 p.m. on a fenced slope in the city's Kitano district, which attracts many tourists who come to see Western-style houses. Some astonished onlookers took ...

Ex-Kobe assemblyman guilty of public funds fraud

National / Crime & Legal Oct 30, 2018

Ex-Kobe assemblyman guilty of public funds fraud

A former Kobe city assemblyman who initially came under the spotlight for an affair with a singer-turned-lawmaker was found guilty Monday of defrauding his local assembly of public funds slated for use in political activities. The Kobe District Court sentenced Ken Hashimoto, 38, to 18 ...

Man convicted for confining mentally ill son in cage

National / Crime & Legal Jun 27, 2018

Man convicted for confining mentally ill son in cage

A 73-year-old man received a suspended sentence Wednesday for illegally confining his mentally ill son in a wooden cage for years at their home in the city of Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture. The Kobe District Court sentenced Yoshitane Yamasaki to 18 months in prison, suspended for ...