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NATURE

Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2015
Forester says greater use of wood needed to help protect nation's forests
Toru Hayami does not conceal his excitement when he talks about his "forest of 400 years" in the town of Kihoku, Mie Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 27, 2015
Moss-viewing trips catching on among women
One day in June, a group of 17 people, mostly women wearing colorful outfits, got together at a scenic lakeside area at the foot of Mount Kita-Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 10, 2015
Global warming shrinking presence of vital bumblebees in Northern Hemisphere
Global warming is shrinking the terrain where bumblebees live in North America and Europe, with these vital pollinators departing the southernmost and hottest parts of their ranges while failing to move north into cooler climes, scientists say.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 2, 2015
Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors
While local tourists have been shying away from the Owakudani district after volcanic activity was detected in the popular hot spring resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, foreign tourists seem to be undeterred by the news.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jun 26, 2015
China annihilates ancient coral ecosystems in its island-building: scientists
Concern is mounting among some scientists that China's reclamation work in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has done severe harm to one of the most important coral reef systems in Southeast Asia.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 19, 2015
8,500-year-old 'Kennewick Man' skeleton was likely Native American, not Ainu, DNA findings indicate
The much-anticipated results of a study of DNA taken from the hand bone of the so-called Kennewick Man, a 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington state in 1996, suggest the man was most closely related to Native American populations, a team of international researchers said on Thursday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 13, 2015
U.S. man survives stings by 500 to 1,000 swarming bees
A man is lucky to be alive after having been stung between 500 and 1,000 times by tens of thousands of swarming bees near Kingman in northwestern Arizona on Friday, authorities said.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 5, 2015
Oregon town uses fake killer whale to scare sea lions off docks
Officials in a small Oregon fishing village have deployed a giant, motorized fake killer whale to scare off hundreds of sea lions thct have made the local port's docks their new home.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 4, 2015
Study reveals famous California redwood is 777 years young
A new study to determine the age of iconic old-growth redwoods in California's Muir Woods has revealed that one of the tallest and most famous trees in the forest is much younger than many assumed given its massive size, scientists said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 4, 2015
Mysterious deep-sea oarfish washes up in California
A dead oarfish, a mysterious and serpent-like creature that swims deep below the ocean's surface, has washed up on a Southern California island and a university biologist will study the remains, officials said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 25, 2015
Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty
Surrounded by an urban landscape that includes an elevated expressway, high-rise condominiums and an IKEA furniture store, the Yatsu-higata wetland in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, is an unusual nature preserve.
COMMENTARY / World
May 17, 2015
A richer Asia will be poorer without elephants
Asia's indigenous animals are increasingly under threat, none more so than the iconic Southeast Asian elephant.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 15, 2015
Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded
Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 15, 2015
Protected white stork rebuilds typhoon-damaged nest in Tokushima
A protected oriental white stork in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture, has started rebuilding its nest after it was blown away by gusts from Typhoon Noul earlier in the week.
WORLD / Science & Health
May 3, 2015
Limiting global warming to 2 degrees C 'inadequate,' scientists say
Holding global warming to a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius — the cornerstone of an expected new global climate agreement in December — will fail to prevent many of climate change's worst impacts, a group of scientists and other experts have warned.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 3, 2015
Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon
An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 29, 2015
Lone gray wolf found in Oregon as state weighs lifting protections
A rare male gray wolf has been detected roaming an Oregon Indian reservation, state fish and game officials said on Monday, days after wildlife managers ordered a review that could lessen state protections for once-decimated populations of the species.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 23, 2015
Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding
Economic output by the world's oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of overfishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.
WORLD / Society
Apr 16, 2015
San Francisco to ban performing animals, exempting pets, livestock
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to ban performances of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment, including appearances in circuses or on the sets of movies, television shows and commercials.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 11, 2015
Wildlife officials say shoals of goldfish threatening native fish in Colorado lake
A handful of goldfish dumped into a Colorado lake by a pet owner years ago have reproduced and thousands of the nonnative fish now threaten indigenous aquatic species, state wildlife officials said Friday.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world