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Concerns for Elderly as Apartments Face Demolition for Olympics
Offbeat  (tags: society, Japan, olympics, Tokyo, elderly, concern, demolition )

- 1592 days ago -
For residents in an apartment complex near the National Stadium where 60 percent of the occupants are 65 or over, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bring unwelcome news: their homes are set to be demolished by 2018 at the latest.
Researchers Say Island Off Tokyo Is 'Paradise' For Black-Footed Albatrosses
Offbeat  (tags: wildlife, environment, albatross, black-footed albatross, Tokyo, breeding groud )

- 1784 days ago -
Hachijo-kojima, a small island administrated by Tokyo, has become a breeding for the black-footed albatross, a team of researchers has discovered.
Japan Anonymous Pick Up Litter to Protest Download Laws
Offbeat  (tags: government, laws, illegal downloads, Anonymous, hackers, protest, Japan, Tokyo )

- 2077 days ago -
TOKYO - About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonumous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in novel protest against Japan's tougher laws against illegal downloads.
Stray Parakeet Tells Tokyo Police Where He Lives
Offbeat  (tags: lost & found, home address, parakeet, Japan, Tokyo )

- 2143 days ago -
A pet parakeet was returned to its owner Wednesday after the lost bird told police its home address near Tokyo.
Unseen Fight To Save Tokyo From Floods
Offbeat  (tags: Tokyo, floods, typhoon, gurrilla storm, heavy rain, prevention, concretization, asphalt, heat-island, environment, globalwarming )

- 2343 days ago -
With global warming and the ongoing concretization and asphalting of Tokyo exacerbating the "heat-island" effect, according to experts the city's chances are bigger than ever of being swamped either by typhoons or "guerrilla storms."
Tokyo Faced Evacuation Scenario: Kan
Offbeat  (tags: Tokyo, Japan, TEPCO, Naoto Kan, worst-case scenario, evacuation, nuclear crisis, Fukushima )

- 2369 days ago -
In the days immediately after the crisis began at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, the government received a report saying 30 million residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would have to be evacuated in a worst-case scenario.
Cheap Radiation Detectors Give Inaccurate Results, Consumer Watchdog Reports
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, radiation detectors, monitoring radiation levels, Tokyo, cheap, incorrect, National Consumers Affair Center, inaccurate data, environment, warning )

- 2379 days ago -
New types of low-price radiation detectors on the market, some now being used to monitor radiation in Tokyo area, give incorret measurements, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan (NCAC) announced on Sept. 8.
Stray Sendai Kittens Seek Tokyo Homes
Offbeat  (tags: Sendai, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, stray kittens, adoption, March 11, quake and tsunami )

- 2393 days ago -
The government in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, is promoting the adoption of stray kittens born in Sendai following the March 11 quake and tsunami.
Blood-Donation Room Designed For Anime Culture In Akihabara
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Tokyo, Akihabara, otaku, amine, blood donation room, Red Cross, Good Design Award, youths, cool, idol, futuristic, futuristic design )

- 2470 days ago -
Amid the crowds of cosplayers and 'otaku' in Tokyo's Akihabara district sits a branch with an interior that looks like a futuristic cafe. Transparent cahirs, computer screens and a wide array of colorful lights greet the visitors.
'I Want To Be With Japan' / Donald Keene Discusses Plan To Relocate, Become Citizen
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Donald Keene, citizenship, Japanese literature, culture, gratitude, Tokyo, Columbia University )

- 2517 days ago -
Reknowed expert in Japanese literature and culture Donald Keene, who recently announced his intention to gain Japanese citizenship and move permanently to Tokyo, wants to "be with the Japanese people," he told the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Mikura : Tokyo's Island of Natural Wonders
Offbeat  (tags: Tokyo, Japan, Mikura-jima Island, nature, wonder, dolphins, rare plants, ICERC, research, eco-tourism )

- 2518 days ago -
You think there is only hustle and bustle in Tokyo? See another world of "Tokyo," with its wealth of natural beauties and resources.
It's Panda Mania as Tokyo Zoo Welcomes New China Duo
Offbeat  (tags: animals, Tokyo, Ueno Zoo, giant panda, China, welcome, panda mania, 90 million yen, visitors, boost )

- 2578 days ago -
The zoo has made meticulous preparations for the pandas' arrival, spending about 90 million yen to refurbish the panda pen.
The Green Heart of Tokyo
Offbeat  (tags: city, Tokyo, park, traffic, concrete structures, Maiji Jingu, birds, quiet, trees shrubs, shinto, shrine, protection, green, garden, environment )

- 2582 days ago -
Over the last 60 years, as Tokyo has sprouted great and towering concrete structures, and as traffic jas swollen and clogged its conduits for movement, quiet havens within the city have become fewer but ever more important.
Lost Dog of Accident Victims Found After Neighborhood Search
Offbeat  (tags: dog, found safe, traffic accident, Tokyo, Japan, relief )

- 2634 days ago -
The lost dog of one of the victims of a violent traffic accident has been found safe after a search by neighbours, bringing some relief to the survivors.
Temple Turns to 'Anime' to Lure the Young
Offbeat  (tags: temple, Japan, Tokyo, attract visitors, anime characters, maid cafe, geek, Buddhism, Akiba-style, Akihabara, culture )

- 2637 days ago -
Rhohoji in Tokyo's western suburb of Hachioju was just another temple that few passersby bothered to enter until it came up with the novel idea of using "anime" characters to attract visitors.

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