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Professor Yasuhiro Kato of the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo (center right) and Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation (left), hold manganese nodules, a seafloor resource found in the waters surrounding Minamitorishima, Tokyo, on Friday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 22, 2024
Over 200 million metric tons of rare metals found near remote Tokyo island
The sea-bottom mineral concentrations abundantly contain rare metals such as cobalt and nickel — both essential for lithium-ion batteries.
Coffee trees in the Izumi district of Motobu, Okinawa Prefecture
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
May 20, 2024
New study finds Japan’s coffee cultivation has roots in Okinawa
Farmers in Okinawa hope the discovery will serve as a catalyst for boosting coffee production in the prefecture.
Plumes of smoke rise from a new isle after a recent volcano on Iwo Jima on Nov. 3.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2023
New isle emerges after underwater volcano erupts south of Tokyo
A recent undersea volcanic eruption has led to the formation of a new isle off the coast of Iwo Jima, about 1,200 kilometers south of Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 18, 2022
Two anglers referred to prosecutors over damage to rare island plants
The damaged plants included a type of palm endemic to the Ogasawara Islands, and a species of woody plant that is on the Environment Ministry's Red List of endangered species.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2022
Magnitude 6.3 quake hits south of Tokyo, bringing strong jolt to Ogasawara Islands
The quake occurred at 6:09 a.m., registering strong 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 on Hahajima island.
Japan Times
Aug 17, 2021
New island discovered south of Tokyo after submarine volcano erupts
The Meteorological Agency has issued warnings about smoke and large ash deposits in nearby waters as an active eruption is expected to continue.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2021
Japan and U.S. coast guards hold rare joint drills near Ogasawara islets
The exercises came as the China Coast Guard continues to send ships near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
Japan Times
Aug 28, 2020
Blue Japanese butterfly endemic to Ogasawara Islands feared extinct
No individuals from the species Celastrina ogasawaraensis have been confirmed since 2018.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 29, 2020
Tokyo Cacao: Japan’s first 'soil-to-bar' chocolate
Tokyo Cacao is pushing the boundaries of cacao production with the first ever chocolate bar of entirely Japanese origin. The chocolate lineup is produced from trees grown in the Ogasawara Islands, which fall under Tokyo's jurisdiction despite being nearly 1,000 kilometers away from the metropolis.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2019
'You can't go home': Monthlong escape to Ogasawara Islands a hit with teleworkers
Liner service Ogasawara Kaiun Co. is looking for participants for a 28-day, 27-night tour to the Ogasawara Islands, an archipelago of over 30 subtropical islands some 1,000 kilometers south of central Tokyo, highlighting a special chance to escape into nature.
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2018
Chichijima family keeps Japan's earliest coffee cultivation tradition alive
On Chichijima, one of the Ogasawara Islands and known as the first place in Japan to grow coffee, a father and daughter have maintained a practice of coffee cultivation that ceased during World War II when all the islanders were forced to evacuate.
Jul 19, 2018
In crackdown on illegal foreign fishing boats, Japan Coast Guard to station patrol ships in Ogasawara Islands
The Japan Coast Guard is planning to deploy patrol ships to the Ogasawara Islands, about 1,000 km south of Tokyo, with the aim of strengthening its capabilities of cracking down on illegal foreign fishing boats, a government official said Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jul 12, 2018
Ogasawara Islands: Remote witnesses on the front lines of Japanese history
The Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, have faced a number of unique — if not bizarre — developments over the course of history.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 29, 2018
Ogasawara Islands: A distant archipelago, barely connected
Resplendent with pristine beaches, clear blue waters and outdoor activities aplenty, the Ogasawara Islands are a relaxing 'Japan away from Japan.'
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 7, 2015
Chinese fishing captain gets suspended sentence for poaching coral
The Yokohama District Court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese fishing boat captain to 18 months in prison, suspended for four years, for poaching coral in Japanese territorial waters.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2015
Cat-catchers prowl Ogasawara Islands to help rare birds
Conservation groups are stepping up efforts to capture all of the feral cats living in the Ogasawara Islands in an effort to protect indigenous rare birds.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2014
Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature
As 2014 winds down and the promise of another year lies ahead, it's time to come up with a few New Year's resolutions. Instead of planning for the future or trying some new-fad diets or exercise regimes, how about a resolution to spend a little more time connecting with our wonderful natural world?
Nov 24, 2014
The red coral poaching problem
Tokyo needs to work closely with Beijing to end Chinese fishermen's poaching of red coral in Japan's exclusive economic zone.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2014
An audience with an island menace
By 8 o'clock on a warm early summer morning on Chichijima, one of Tokyo's Ogasawara Islands, bright sunshine was already threatening to overwhelm my light-sensitive eyes and the heat was cranking up in preparation for what I refer to as reptilian warmth.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2014
Sea turtles returning to Ogasawaras
One of the Ogasawara Islands is seeing a spawning migration peak for green sea turtles born after World War II.


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