Tag - nature

 
 

NATURE

Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 4, 2019
Germany wants looser rules on shooting wolves
Germany's agriculture minister wants to loosen restrictions on shooting wolves to reduce a growing population that threatens sheep and goats.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 30, 2018
Japan may lower Red List status of crested ibis as more live in wild
Crested ibises in Japan are facing less risk of extinction amid efforts to reintroduce the birds to the wild, leading the government to consider lowering its status on the list of threatened species, government sources said Saturday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 8, 2018
‘Punksters of food’ Gaggan Anand and Takeshi Fukuyama join culinary forces to create GohGan
World-class chefs Gaggan Anand and Takeshi 'Goh' Fukuyama team up to launch GohGan, an exclusive space that will combine on-site accommodation with a restaurant, projected to open in 2021 in Fukuoka.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 8, 2018
Mountain lion that crossed freeways fell victim to California wildfire
A Southern California mountain lion that crossed freeways dozens of times, evading potentially deadly traffic, has died after burning its paws during a wildfire, officials said on Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 22, 2018
Humans and nature coexist in Ramsar-recognized wetlands — in the heart of Tokyo
A flock of great crested grebes floats on the sea, gently bobbing up and down under the warm November sun.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 2, 2018
Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth
Scientists launched a vast project on Thursday to map the genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of complex life on Earth, aiming to complete the work within a decade.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 5, 2018
Scientists urge global doomsday vault for 'good' germs
As the world's microbial diversity is decimated by antibiotics, processed food, filtered water and other wonders of modern life, researchers are proposing the creation of a global microbiota vault to protect the long-term health of humanity.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Sep 21, 2018
Proliferation of marine parks in China fueling shadowy trade in cetaceans
Eight beluga whales jump in unison out of a bright blue indoor pool, flipping their tail fins and spewing water as a packed audience cheers and snaps photographs.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2018
WWF urges Yahoo Japan to restrict ivory trade on auction site
The Japanese arm of the World Wide Fund for Nature urged Yahoo Japan Corp. on Thursday to impose tighter restrictions on sales of ivory items on its auction site, saying it serves as a major platform for the ivory trade and encourages poaching.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / NEWS IN NIHONGO
Aug 13, 2018
Watermelon snow is speeding up the melting of glaciers, Japanese scientists report
The phenomenon known as watermelon snow, when snow is colored red,is caused by an algae that speeds up the melting of glaciers, according to new research.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 8, 2018
Carcass that washed ashore on Japan beach confirmed to be of blue whale
The carcass of a 10-meter-long whale that washed ashore on a beach in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, last Sunday has been confirmed to be a blue whale — the largest known animal to have lived on Earth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 4, 2018
Japan proposes 15% hike in bluefin catch quotas
Sushi-hungry Japan hopes the other nine members of an international fisheries panel will agree that bluefin tuna stocks are recovering quickly enough to withstand its proposal.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 4, 2018
Trump administration lifts Obama-era GMO crop ban on U.S. wildlife refuges
The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / NATURAL SELECTIONS
Jul 28, 2018
Can dolphins teach humans how to come up for air?
A look at new dolphin research may help Japanese pearl and seafood divers and other free divers learn more about countering decompression sickness.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Jul 10, 2018
As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries
When he's not out on the Arctic tundra with his 2,000 reindeer, his dog and Whitney Houston blasting through his headphones, Nils Mathis Sara is often busy explaining to people how a planned copper mine threatens his livelihood.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / NATURAL SELECTIONS
Jun 22, 2018
Baobabs a wake-up call for action on climate change
The decline of the baobab, a tree whose longevity has astounded many, is an indication that more needs to be done to prevent climate change.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jun 21, 2018
Naomi Osaka withdraws from Nature Valley Classic with abdominal issues
Naomi Osaka retired during her second-round match Wednesday at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, England, due to abdominal issues.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 2, 2018
Endangered mountain gorilla population recovers to over 1,000
The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world's most endangered species, which survives on the forest-cloaked volcanoes of central Africa, has increased by a quarter to over 1,000 individuals since 2010, wildlife authorities said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 18, 2018
Study finds one-third of world's protected wildlife areas under threat from development
A third of the world's protected areas for wildlife are suffering road-building, more farms and other man-made threats that are undermining goals to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth, scientists said Thursday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT JAPAN
May 5, 2018
'Shinrin-Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing': It's simple, get out into nature when you can
According to Qing Li, forest bathing is a cure-all: Time spent with trees can boost the immune system, increase energy, decrease anxiety, depression and anger, reduce stress and bring about a state of relaxation.

Longform

The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan