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Tony Abbott Says Japan's Attempts to Resume Southern Ocean Whaling Will Not Harm Relations
Offbeat  (tags: Tony Abbott, Japan, trade deal, whaling, friendship, Australia )

- 19 hours ago -
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says any attempt by Japan to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean would not damage a "special friendship"
Rumors Swirl After Girls Mysteriously Collapse at Fukuoka School
Offbeat  (tags: bizarre, Japan, girls, collapsed )

- 6 days ago -
The Internet is exploding after a succession of high school girls in Fukuoka Prefecture disturbingly collapsed during school hours on Monday. Students who were at the scene took to their Twitter accounts to post updates as the bizarre spectacle unfolded.
Lawmaker Bursts Into Tears at Press Conference Over His Use of Public Funds
Offbeat  (tags: performance, funny, Japan, assemblyman, tears, shame )

- 6 days ago -
The assemblyman shouts incoherent excuses in between gut-wrenching sobs, punctuated by the long intakes of breath necessary to power the next outburst.
Picture of Cop Guiding Duck Family to River a Twitter Sensation
Offbeat  (tags: goodnews, ducklings, Japan, Sapporo, police )

- 22 days ago -
SAPPORO -- A picture of a policeman guiding a stray duck family down to a river has created a sensation on Twitter, already gaining some 12,000 retweets.
One Woman's Mark on the Nation's Constitution
Offbeat  (tags: society, war, asia, humanrights, women's rights, Japan, Constitution, Beate Sirota Gordon )

- 23 days ago -
Beate Sirota Gordon, who played a big role in drafting the women's rights section of the Japanese Constitution.
Japan Says It Wants To Resume Larger Annual Whale Hunt
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, whaling, banned, non scientific, loophole, resumes, ban )

- 29 days ago -
Japan, which earlier this year said it would scale back what it has described as "research whaling," is signaling that it wants to go back to a larger hunt.
Could Whale-Watching Replace Whaling in Japan?
Offbeat  (tags: Whales, dolphins, japan, whale watching, whale hunts )

- 30 days ago -
The newly created Japan Whale and Dolphin Watching Council will promote marine mammal eco-tourism, offering a lucrative alternative as Japan loses its taste for hunting wild cetaceans.
Taiji Whaling Town Sued By Dolphin Activists
Offbeat  (tags: Taiji, whaling, angel, rare, albino, dolphins, whaling, Japan )

- 54 days ago -
Animal rights activists said they have filed a lawsuit against whaling town Taiji.
Tohoku Cat, Missing Since 2011 Disaster, Reunited With Owners
Offbeat  (tags: pets, goodnews, Japan, cat, missing, Tohoku Kanto Earthquake, reunited )

- 59 days ago -
A cat was reunited with its owners on May 9, more than three years after the pet disappeared and was presumed killed by the 2011 tsunami that devastated this northeastern city.
Extremely Rare Megamouth Shark Found Off the Japanese Coast
Offbeat  (tags: Extremely, rare, megamouth shark, Japan )

- 60 days ago -
With the goblin shark frightening and fascinating the Internet this week, another bizarre-looking creature has emerged from the deep sea: the megamouth shark.
Radiation Level in Tuna Off Oregon Coast Tripled After Fukushima Disaster
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Animals, Biology, Earthquake, Ecology, Health, Japan, Natural disasters, Science, Security, USA )

- 70 days ago -
While the state of Oregon gears up to test its shores for radioactive contamination from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, university scientists have found that radiation levels in some albacore tuna caught off its coast have tripled.
Shinkansen Cleaning Crew Have Just 7 Minutes to Get Train Ready
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, shinkansen, bullet train, cleaning, team work, seven minutes, fast, interesting )

- 72 days ago -
These cleaning crews are charged with covering every inch of a train's interior when it arrives at its final stop and preparing it for the next wave of customers-and they have just seven minutes to do it.
Japan Begins First Whale Hunt Since UN Court Ruling
Offbeat  (tags: Court ban, whaling, defies, Japan, sad news, loop hole )

- 74 days ago -
A Japanese whaling fleet left port on Saturday under tight security in the first hunt since the United Nations' top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.
Japan's Whaling - the End Is Nigh
Offbeat  (tags: Whales, meat, sea shepherd, Japan, court orders )

- 76 days ago -
To make matters worse for Japan, whale meat consumption has rapidly declined. According to a CBC news report, the amount of stockpiled whale meat has doubled over the past ten years, with more than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat sitting in freezers.
Pacific Naval Powers Sign Pact Aimed at Preventing Conflicts
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Arms, Asia, China, Conflict, Japan, Military, Navy, Politics, Robert Bridge, Security, USA )

- 77 days ago -
As US military action increases in the western Pacific, more than 20 countries became signatories to an agreement on Tuesday that establishes guidelines for communication, while hoping to halt military maneuvers in disputed areas.

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