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Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

National Jan 8, 2019

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

by Ayano Shimizu

Despite the workload and responsibility, being a giant panda breeder at a zoo is something 37-year-old Kimiyo Shintani takes great pride in. Shintani's day centers around six giant pandas, including a 4-month-old female cub, kept at the Adventure World amusement park in the small resort ...

<I>Mikan</I> wagyu burger in western Japan catches eye of tourists

Food & Drink Dec 12, 2018

Mikan wagyu burger in western Japan catches eye of tourists

A local hamburger in Wakayama Prefecture is catching the eye of tourists for its surprisingly good taste and visual impact — mouth-watering wagyu spare ribs sandwiched with a mikan (mandarin orange or tangerine) between the buns. The locally sourced Kumanogyu and mikan burger was created ...

Osaka man held in alleged drowning of wife for insurance money

National Apr 20, 2018

Osaka man held in alleged drowning of wife for insurance money

An Osaka man was arrested on suspicion of drowning his wife last summer while snorkeling in Wakayama Prefecture and disguising it as an accident so he could collect the insurance payout, police said Friday. Takashi Noda, a 29-year-old driver, allegedly drowned his restaurant manager wife, ...