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Chiune Sugihara: Man of Conscience
Offbeat  (tags: war, humanrights, Chiune Sughara, Jews, WW2, diplomat, Japan, Nazi-Germany )

- 19 days ago -
A look at the legacy of the diplomat who saved thousands from the Nazis during World War II
Japan's First Lady to Set Up Bee Hive at Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo
Offbeat  (tags: bee hives, Japan, Akie ABe, First Lady )

- 19 days ago -
Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, plans to keep a bee hive in the inner garden of the Prime Minister's Official Residence in central Tokyo, it was learned Saturday.
3,000 Attend Funeral for Tama, the Cat Stationmaster
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Tama, stationmaster, Wakayama, Japan, funeral )

- 33 days ago -
Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by about 3,000 company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
LDP Politician Says Takarazuka LGBT Initiative Will Turn City Into 'Center of HIV Infections'
Offbeat  (tags: funny, humanrights, freedoms, politics, Japan, LGBT rights )

- 35 days ago -
An assembly member in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, said the municipal government's efforts to support sexual minorities will encourage such people to move there and make the city "the center of HIV infections."
Cat Stationmaster Tama, Superstar in Western Japan, Dies
Offbeat  (tags: cat, stationmaster, Japan, died, Tama )

- 37 days ago -
Tama, a cat stationmaster of a railway station in western Japan whose immense popularity helped boost the railway operator's revenues and the local sightseeing industry, died Monday at a local animal hospital aged 16 years and two months, the equivalent
Sea Shepherd Agrees to Pay Japanese Whalers More Than $3 Million for Breaching Court Injunction
Offbeat  (tags: Sea shepherd, Japan, court, whaling, America, money )

- 50 days ago -
The US arm of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has agreed to pay $3.332 million dollars to Japanese whalers for breaching a court injunction.
Starbucks Comes to Tottori; Poster Compares It to Perry Arriving in Japan
Offbeat  (tags: Starbucks, coffee, Japan, Tottori, Snaba Coffee, off-beat, culture )

- 71 days ago -
There's still at least one place that's Starbucks-free, though, and that's Tottori, the last prefecture in Japan without a branch of its own.
Japanese Technology Revives Production of Delicious Palestinian Watermelons
Offbeat  (tags: government, goodnews, middle-east, palestine, Japan, watermelons, sweet, cooperation )

- 73 days ago -
Palestinian National Authority Minister for Agriculture Shawqi Al-Aissa, right, and Japan's special representative for Palestinian affairs Takeshi Okubo, left, try fresh watermelon in the West Bank village of Ein al-Beida, on May 18, 2015.
New Volcanic Isle Nishinoshima a Blank-Canvas 'Natural Lab' for Life
Offbeat  (tags: wildlife, science, environment, Japan, volcano, island, life )

- 74 days ago -
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonize barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.
Stray Dog Turns Hero as He Helps Japanese Rescue Teams Look for Survivors of Nepalese Quake
Offbeat  (tags: Yumenosuke, Japan, hero, Nepal, earthquake )

- 91 days ago -
Yumenosuke, a four-year-old former stray from Hiroshima, has been in Nepal since Sunday with a Japanese emergency aid team, helping sniff out earthquake survivors.
Japanese University Turns a Blind Eye to the Plight of Campus Cats
Offbeat  (tags: cats, colony, Japan )

- 97 days ago -
After nearly 25 years working to help control the cat colony on his campus in regional Japan, Charles Januzzi is running into stiff opposition from university administration.
Japan Asks France to Hand Over Sea Shepherd Founder
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, France, sea shepherd, paul Watson, founder, whaling )

- 102 days ago -
Japan has asked the French government to hand over Paul Watson, founder of the radical anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, government sources said Monday.
Celebrating Spring - Cherry Blossom Pictures From Around the World
Offbeat  (tags: culture, environment, humans, interesting, Japan, photos, pictures, society, spring, women, world )

- 109 days ago -
Cherry blossom season is one of the world's favorite signs of spring. Here is a look at cherry trees blooming around the globe this year.
Dolphins Stranded on Japan Beach
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Stranded, Japan )

- 110 days ago -
Nearly 150 melon-headed whales, a species of dolphin, have become stranded on a beach in Japan.
Canine Shopkeeper in Japan Becomes International Sensation - Video
Offbeat  (tags: shopkeeper, japan )

Save Anim
- 112 days ago -
Tourists from around the world flock to a small cigarette shop in Tokyo to meet the canine helper who greets customers.

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