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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, ...

Minakata: Japan's pioneer of ecology

Art Jan 28, 2018

Minakata: Japan's pioneer of ecology

by Sachiko Tamashige

In an old black-and-white photograph on show at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Minakata Kumagusu — with a shaved head and dressed only in a waistcloth — stands by a huge tree, arms crossed in seeming defiance. He could easily be ...