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Elephant That Sparked Petition Dies in in Japan Zoo
Offbeat  (tags: Petition, Animal, Zoo, Japan )

Ray
- 2 days ago - bbc.co.uk
An elephant that was the focus of an international campaign to improve its living conditions has died in a zoo in Japan.
Minamata Disease Continues Devastation After 60 Years
Offbeat  (tags: environment, destruction, water, Minamata, Japan, minamata disease, habitatdestruction )

Naoko
- 13 days ago - the-japan-news.com
First diagnosed in people who consumed seafood contaminated by methylmercury discharged from Chisso Corp.'s Minamata plant. The disease damages the central nervous system, causing such symptoms as sensory disturbance and visual field constriction.
Japan Earthquake: Powerful New Tremor in Kumamoto
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Tsunami warning, Japan )

Ray
- 42 days ago - bbc.co.uk
A powerful earthquake has struck near the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto, a day after a tremor there killed at least nine people. The magnitude-7.1 quake at a depth of 10km (6 miles) hit at 01:25 on Saturday (15:25 GMT on Friday).
JR East Begins Sales of 'Ekiben' Boxed Meals at Paris Station
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, France, Paris, ekiben, lunch box, railways )

Naoko
- 87 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
East Japan Railway Co. has opened a pop-up shop for ekiben (train boxed meals) at Paris station Gare de Lyon in an effort to promote Japanese food culture globally from one of the world's gourmet capitals.
Horrified Cabbies Pick Up 'GHOST PASSENGERS' in Area Devastated By 2011 Japan Tsunami
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, ghosts, March 2011 earthquake, ghost passenger, Phantom Fare, Ishinomaki Japan, odd, off-beat )

Cat
- 114 days ago - msn.com
There is still a strong belief in ghosts in Japan. At least seven taxi drivers in Ishinomaki, north-east Japan, have reported experiencing a 'phantom fare' in the wake of the devastating 2011 tsunami and earthquake
The Harsh Reality Facing Japan's Cats, New Kings of the Pet World
Offbeat  (tags: cats, pets, Japan )

Jeri
- 172 days ago - toyokeizai.net
The history of pet ownership in Japan has reached a turning point, as ownership of cats is now poised to overtake that of dogs. Behind this new shift in balance, however, is a somewhat selfish and irresponsible tendency among cat owners.
Japan's Eiheiji Temple: A Night's Stay in the 13th Century
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, lifestyle, buddist temple )

Louise
- 174 days ago - reuters.com
If you want to glimpse life that has not changed much in eight centuries, Eiheiji temple in the mountains just outside Fukui city in central Japan is the place to find it.
Japanese Photographer Captures Cats at Their Most Athletic, Adorable, and Synchronized Moments
Offbeat  (tags: cats, photos, pictures, Japan )

Jeri
- 178 days ago - en.rocketnews24.com
Split-second timing leads to amazing results when photographing the alley cats of Japan.
Trapped in Her Concrete Prison for 66 YEARS: The Heartbreaking Tale of Hanako the Elephant Who Has Spent a Lifetime Alone in a J
Offbeat  (tags: hanako, elephant, japan, lonely, zoo )

Scooby
- 184 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
Devoid of any greenery and confined to a concrete enclosure all alone for 66 years of her life, this is the sad tale of Hanako, the oldest elephant in Japan.
Cruelty of the Tokyo Euthanasia Centre for Stray Dogs Where Animals Suffer for FIFTEEN Minutes Before They Die From Suffocation
Offbeat  (tags: dogs, strays, tokyo, japan, euthanasia, animal cruelty )

Scooby
- 185 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
The streets of Tokyo may be free of prowling dogs since its zero-stray policy came into effect but the laws come at a heavy price as one politician has revealed.
Kyoto Hidden Stories / Christian Missionary Bell Survives at Temple
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, culture, Japan, temple, christianity, bell, Edo Period )

Naoko
- 192 days ago - the-japan-news.com
On the bell are the letters "IHS," initials that stand for "Iesus Hominum Salvator" in Latin, which means "Jesus the Savior of Men," and the design shows the seal of the Society of Jesus.
Tapirs to Reduce Japan Nightmares
Offbeat  (tags: japan, tapirs )

Tracy
- 207 days ago - thestar.com.my
Im, a two-year-old male tapir, and its mate, three-year-old Bertam, will be placed at the world-class Nagasaki Bio Park for 10 years under a conservation programme by Malaysia and Japan.
Tour This Japanese City From the Viewpoint of a Cat
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Google Maps, Hiroshima, Japan )

Jeri
- 226 days ago - smithsonianmag.com
The Google street view-style map gives a tour of the city from the eyes of a furry feline, reports Noriega, and features multiple routes through the city along with indicators of where different pet cats can be found. Along the way, virtual visitors can
Monkeys Go Bananas for a Hot Bath as Adults and Babies Soak in Hot Springs
Offbeat  (tags: macaques, monkeys, japan, off-beat )

Tracy
- 228 days ago - mirror.co.uk
When home is a freezing cold Japanese mountain range you can't beat a nice, hot, relaxing bath to take the edge off.
Taiji Drops Anchor on Dolphin Hunts Despite Increasing Pressure
Offbeat  (tags: JAZA, WAZA, taiji, Japan, dolphins )

Scooby
- 252 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
The eyes of the world fell on Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, at the start of its dolphin hunting season on Sept. 1 after the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums instructed its members to stop buying dolphins from the coastal town.
 

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