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Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-Year-Old Challenges World's Fastest Man
Offbeat  (tags: diet, health, interesting, 103-years-old, Japan, running, sports, exercises )

Naoko
- 2 days ago - japantoday.com
Miyazaki, who hails from tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture, about 200 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, was a late bloomer, only taking up running at the age of 92 after watching an old people's sports day broadcast on television.
Japan Paid ¥380 Million in Compensation for Accidents Caused By U.S. Military Personnel
Offbeat  (tags: usa, asia, troops, military, crime, Japan, compensation, burden, Okinawa, SOFA )

Naoko
- 18 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Under the agreement, which forms the legal framework for U.S. military personnel operating in Japan, the Japanese government is obliged to cover 25 percent of compensation for incidents that occur during U.S. military duties, even if Japan played no role
Zoo Makes Wild Fashion Statement With Lion-Ripped Jeans
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, off-beat, fashion, jeans, tiger, ripped, zoo, Japan )

Naoko
- 39 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, has taken the catwalk to a new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look.
Politician Proposes Giving Newlyweds Pierced Condoms
Offbeat  (tags: bizarre, politician, stupid, birth rate, condoms, Japan )

Naoko
- 43 days ago - japantoday.com
TOKYO -- A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country's dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday.
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 )

Marie
- 54 days ago - mobile.abc.net.au
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 )

Naoko
- 59 days ago - japantoday.com
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 )

Naoko
- 60 days ago - japantoday.com
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 )

Naoko
- 76 days ago - mainichi.jp
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 )

Naoko
- 77 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
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 )

Marie
- 83 days ago - npr.org
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 )

Marie
- 84 days ago - mnn.com
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 )

Marie
- 107 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
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 )

Naoko
- 113 days ago - ajw.asahi.com
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 )

Marie
- 114 days ago - newswatch.nationalgeographic.com
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 )

Ray
- 123 days ago - rt.com
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.
 

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