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Japan to Resume Commercial Whaling After Leaving IWC - Report
Offbeat  (tags: whales, Japan, wildlife, suffering, protection )

- 121 days ago -
Japan is to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling next year, a report claimed on Thursday, in a move that drew condemnation from Australia, with other anti-whaling nations expected to follow suit.
Age Is No Obstacle to Japan's Ama Free-Diving Fisherwomen
Offbeat  (tags: health, ama, Japan, age, no limit )

- 139 days ago -
She has been an ama for three decades, and says proudly that she hopes to be diving "for another 20 years."
Have You Seen This? 2 Cats Won't Stop Trying to Sneak Into Museum
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Japan, museum )

- 143 days ago -
The male cats are named Ken-chan (the black cat) and Go-chan (the orange tabby), and Ken-chan tried to sneak into the Onomichi City Museum of Art for at least two years before he brought his friend Go-chan along,
6 Iconic Japanese Anime Every Foreigner Should Watch
Offbeat  (tags: arts, movies, children, anime, japan, draemon, totoro )

- 150 days ago -
For people new to anime or planning to visit Japan, here are six essential Japanese animated films
Japan's Cyber Security Minister Admits Never Having Used Computer
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- 157 days ago -
A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive.
Japanese Kabuki Prints - in Pictures
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Kabuki, prints, art, humans, environment )

- 161 days ago -
Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theatre that was hugely popular from the 1600s to the 1800s. Stylised and spectacular, it featured superstar male actors whose wild expressions were often immortalised by artists such as Utagawa Kunisada
Kyotographie in Japan - Photo Essay
Offbeat  (tags: photos, pictures, humans, festival, Japan )

- 162 days ago -
The Kyotographie photography festival, now in its sixth year, uses unique spaces to showcase the work of 15 leading international photographers, including Alberto García-Alix, Gideon Mendel and Masahisa Fukase
82-Year-Old Wins Bald Men's Tug-of-War
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, funny, bald, tug of war, Japan )

- 185 days ago -
A unique national tournament in which bald men pull on a string attached to their foreheads with suction cups was held in Tsuruta, Aomori Prefecture, on Saturday.
Guinness World Records Celebrates New Achievements in Latest Edition, Including Those of 83-Year-Old Japanese DJ
Offbeat  (tags: japan, woman, 83-year-old, DJ, Guiness World Records )

- 226 days ago -
Sumiko Iwamura, an 83-year-old owner of a Tokyo gyoza restaurant who in the evening turns into DJ Sumirock, was honored in the book as the worldâEUR(TM)s oldest professional club disc jockey.
Secret to Japanese Couple's 80 Years of Marriage: Wife's Patience
Offbeat  (tags: marriage, Guinness world record, long life, Japan )

- 227 days ago -
Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old wife, Miyako, have been confirmed as the oldest living spouses by aggregate age by Guinness World Records, having been married since October 1937.
Handmade Bra Growing Popular With Rain-Displaced Evacuees in Western Japan
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, bra, Japan, disaster, evacuation, handmade )

- 239 days ago -
An easy-fitting bra made from a long strip of cloth that doesn't look like a bra when hung out to dry has become popular with rain disaster evacuees stuck in shelters in western Japan since last month.
Woman in Okayama Flood Died Protecting Beloved Husband to the End
Offbeat  (tags: sad, love, disater, flood, elderly, Japan )

- 267 days ago -
Muddy water began filling the house little by little as a woman in the Mabicho district here helped her nearly blind husband with weak legs to stand on the kitchen table, wrapping her arms around his body to support him.
Manzanar Detainee Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Who Revealed Racism, Not Security, as Reason for WWII Interment Dies at 93
Offbeat  (tags: usa, japan, detainee, incarceration, ww2 )

- 267 days ago -
Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, who uncovered proof that thousands of Japanese-Americans incarcerated in the United States during World War II were held not for reasons of national security but because of racism, has died at age 93.
Why Elderly Japanese Women Are Going to Jail On Purpose   video
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, elderly, jailed, petty crime, security, company, care, breakdown of traditions )

- 299 days ago -
Increasingly, the elderly populations feel lonely, bored, and unafraid of the legal ramifications. Many have even come to see prison as an upgrade from their daily lives. The elderly crime rate has quadrupled over the past couple of decades.

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