Japanese pearl industry rocked by 20 million oyster die-off

National Oct 31, 2019

Japanese pearl industry rocked by 20 million oyster die-off

The mysterious death of over 20 million Akoya pearl oysters in Ehime, Mie and other prefectures this summer is expected to hobble pearl production next year and beyond. While the cause of the die-off is unclear, oyster producers have started taking steps to minimize the ...

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

National Apr 24, 2014

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

by Chikako Mogi

At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town's vitality by luring away its youth. "I want to cook and serve customers ...

Store's 222-meter pearl necklace a record, unpriced

National Apr 12, 2013

Store's 222-meter pearl necklace a record, unpriced

A 222-meter-long pearl necklace, certified by Guinness World Records as the world's longest, is on display at a Hanshin department store in the city of Osaka. The necklace, which weighs about 20 kg and is comprised of 28,000 pieces of 8 mm pearls, was presented ...