Tag - rats



Pasco Shikishima has recalled 104,000 packs of its white Chojuku bread after parts of a rat's body were discovered in two of them.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 9, 2024
Japan bread recalled after rat parts found inside packs
Pasco Shikishima has recalled over 100,000 packets of its processed white Chojuku bread and suspended the assembly line that produces it pending a probe.
Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward is testing a project to fight rats using garbage bags imbued with the smell of herbs they hate.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 11, 2024
Tokyo ward using garbage bags with herbs to combat rats
Chiyoda Ward received around 200 complaints annually in fiscal 2019 to 2022, a surge from around 50 until fiscal 2018.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2023
Washington recruits dogs and cats in war on rodents
There were nearly 13,400 calls to a city hotline for rat issues in 2022, up around 2,000 on the year before, according to local media reports. Now, some residents are fighting back.
Japan Times
May 23, 2020
Rats, bugs, crooks and trucks share media spotlight amid pandemic
With city dwellers around the world in lockdown, increasing reports have surfaced about wild animals infiltrating urban areas.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jan 11, 2020
Infestations in Tokyo begin to align with zodiac animals of the year
It’s hard to associate Tokyo with anything else besides people, buildings and cars, but a closer inspection of the city and its outskirts reveal otherwise.
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2019
Stray and domestic cats prey on endangered species on Tokunoshima island
A team of researchers have found that stray and free-roaming domestic cats fed by humans are preying on rare species on Tokunoshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 25, 2019
WHO warns of deadly outbreak of rat-borne hantavirus in Argentina as fatalities reach at least 11
At least 11 people have died in Argentina after becoming infected with hantavirus, a disease carried by rats and other rodents, according to a news alert from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Japan Times
Aug 18, 2018
Tabloids offer a potpourri of treats to mark summer
To give their staff a mid-August break, most magazines came out with special two-week issues. A few, waxing nostalgic, are describing this year as "the last summer of the Heisei Era."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 28, 2017
Tsukiji races to exterminate rat infestation before fish market relocation
As the Tokyo Metropolitan Government works with industry groups to finalize the date for relocating the famed Tsukiji fish market next year, it is also mulling how to exterminate the hordes of rats infesting the current location.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 21, 2017
Metabolism of oxygen-deprived mole-rats seen offering hope in times of heart attack
They are homely, buck-toothed, pink, nearly hairless and just plain weird, but one of the many odd traits of rodents called naked mole-rats that live in subterranean bliss in the deserts of East Africa could someday be of great benefit to people.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2015
Alien invasion: Vexatious foreign species are increasingly taking up residence in Japan
Shibuya has a rat problem.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2015
Historically, Japan is no stranger to blacks, nor to blackface
I am a black Japanese half. I was bullied because of my skin color in elementary school, so I have a strong complex about my skin color. If Japanese truly adored blacks, it wouldn't bother me. But do Momokuro really adore blacks? I think if you asked them if they wished they had been born black, they...
Japan Times
Mar 18, 2015
From a minstrel no-show to a black beauty queen, in a week
From preventing a blackface TV broadcast to the nation embracing a black face as the embodiment of Japanese beauty, it's been quite a week.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2015
Time to shut down this modern-day minstrel show
If Fuji TV airs the modern-day minstrel show it has planned for next month, it will shine a national spotlight on Japan's extreme ignorance about issues of race and discrimination.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 9, 2014
Scientists find brain mechanism behind glucose greed
British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan