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'Sakura From Space' Blooms Early
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, interesting, sakura, cherry trees, cherry blossoms, Orbit, Japan, space, ISS )

Naoko
- 3 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with an unusual number of flowers.
Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Halts Whale Meat Sales
Animals  (tags: protection, animaladvocates, whales, Rakuten, whale meat, Japan )

Naoko
- 10 days ago - japantoday.com
TOKYO -- Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a U.N. court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt.
India's SpiceJet Under Fire for Mid-Air Song, Dance
Offbeat  (tags: India, budget airline, SpiceJet, Holi, aviation, under fire )

Naoko
- 25 days ago - nation.com.pk
Indian budget airline SpiceJet said Thursday it has run into trouble with the aviation regulator for performing a mid-air song and dance sequence to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi.
U.S. Ex-Nuclear Chief Says Nuclear Power Should Be Phased Out
Offbeat  (tags: environment, destruction, energy, NRC, nuclear energy, atomic energy )

Naoko
- 31 days ago - japantoday.com
TOKYO -- As radiation spewed from Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, the top U.S. atomic energy regulator issued a 50-mile evacuation warning for any Americans in the area, a response some found extreme.
Fukushima Nuclear Plant Workers Rally Against TEPCO
Business  (tags: business, corruption, dishonesty, TEPCO, Fukushima, radiation, protest, environment, energy, money )

Naoko
- 32 days ago - japantoday.com
Fukushima nuclear plant workers rallied outside the headquarters of operator Tokyo Electric Power on Friday, complaining they were forced to work for meager pay in dangerous conditions.
Children of Fukushima Battle An Invisible Enemy
Offbeat  (tags: children, safety, health, Fukushima, radiation nuclear plant )

Naoko
- 36 days ago - japantoday.com
Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside--fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives.
Sun Shines on Forest Women - Inter Press Service
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, goodnews, India, herbs, women, solar, cooperatives )

Naoko
- 40 days ago - ipsnews.net
Chintapakka Jambulamma, 34, looks admiringly at a solar dryer. It's the prized possession of the Advitalli Tribal Women's Co-operative Society- a collective of women entrepreneurs that she leads.
Longevity Advice From World's Oldest Woman: 'Eat a Good Meal and Relax'
Offbeat  (tags: Body-Mind-Spirit, health, food, relax, longevity, woman, Japan )

Naoko
- 42 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
She's 116, is the world's oldest woman, and she's CUTE!
Los Angeles to Give Bees Legal Status in Residential Areas
Offbeat  (tags: LA, bees, legal status )

Naoko
- 51 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
On Feb. 12, the City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of granting bees like McFarland's legal status in LA's residential areas after a lengthy lobbying effort from bee lovers of all stripes.
Mother's Love Helped Actress Overcome War, Poverty and Bullying to Find Fame in Japan
Offbeat  (tags: violence, war, Iran, orphaned, Sahel Rose, Japan, love )

Naoko
- 52 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Orphaned at the age of 4, Sahel Rosa celebrates her birthday every Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, although she will never know for sure on what date she came into this world.
 
 
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