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Ready to launch?


• Updated on  June 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Ready to launch? A baby Ezo momonga, a subspecies of the Siberian flying squirrel, peeks out of its tree trunk nest in Obihiro, Japan. Read More

Eel prices in Japan expected to surge again this year


• Updated on  June 14, 2018 at 12:39 am
A hike in the price of eel is expected prior to this summer’s “doyo no ushi no hi” — traditional eel-eating days that fall on July 20 and Aug. 1 this year — due to poor catches of young eel this season. Read More

Spring in their step

Hikers looked at wetland flowers in Oze National Park May 24, the first day the park officially opened to visitors in 2018. Read More
 

Booming demand leaves Japan’s whiskey lovers dry

Some Japanese whiskeys are in short supply due to their increasing popularity in overseas markets and a recent domestic boom of highballs, or whiskey and soda. Read More
Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Fujitsu unveils next-gen supercomputer prototype


• Updated on  June 13, 2018 at 6:56 pm
Fujitsu has unveiled a prototype of a next-generation supercomputer dubbed “post-K.” The machine is expected to calculate 100 times faster than the K supercomputer, which is operating in Kobe. Read More
 
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Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

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• Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm
A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. Read More

Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

Puerto Rico’s government released new information today that added detail to the growing consensus that hundreds or even thousands of people died as an indirect result of the storm. Read More

Former islander Jerry Hopkins, biographer of Jim Morrison, dead at 82


• Updated on  June 13, 2018 at 10:21 am
Jerry Hopkins, an early music writer for Rolling Stone magazine whose many books included biographies of Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix — as well as a memoir of his affair with a Polynesian transsexual prostitute in Honolulu’s Chinatown — died June 3. He was 82. Read More

Gangs embrace social media with often deadly results

Gangs’ embrace of social media to goad foes or conceal drug dealing in emoji-laden text is the biggest change in how gangs operate compared with 10 years ago, according to new law enforcement data. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites have radically altered gang culture in Chicago. They are having a similar influence on gangs nationwide. Read More

US extradites Panama ex-President Ricardo Martinelli

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli returned home today to face political espionage and embezzlement charges after being extradited from the United States. Read More

Crane chick finds comfort zone


• Updated on  June 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm
A Japanese crane chick nestles into its parent’s plumage to keep warm at the Japanese Crane Reserve in Kushiro, Japan. Read More

Japan’s Imperial Palace to start guided tours in English


• Updated on  May 31, 2018 at 12:30 am
The Imperial Household Agency announced that it will start offering English-language guided tours of the Imperial Palace to the public this month. Read More

Companies encourage staff to commute in sneakers

A growing number of companies in Japan are encouraging their employees to wear sneakers during their commute, as part of efforts to address their lack of physical exercise. Read More

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