National May 30, 2014

Unusual ways being developed to keep pests away

by Junji Yamaguchi

Hawks are among the unconventional methods being used in certain parts of Japan to drive away crows and other pests that spread garbage in residential areas or damage farmers' crops. About a year ago, a building management company in Kobe that was long troubled by ...

Pigeon's quest for the perfect nipple

Business / Corporate May 29, 2014

Pigeon's quest for the perfect nipple

by Ayai Tomisawa

In a quiet side room at Pigeon Corp.'s spacious R&D facility north of Tokyo, researchers are on a high-tech quest to perfect a baby's bottle nipple that replicates that of a breast-feeding mother. Pigeon, founded almost 60 years ago, sells about 100 million bottle teats ...