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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

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

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

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

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

Flying Fish

• Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 12:46 am
Colorful carp streamers fluttered in the air over the Kawakami Gorge in Saga, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan, last month. Read More

Sapporo Dome boasts hovering stage

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team plans to move from Sapporo Dome, but the facility will remain one of Hokkaido’s largest event venues, due in large part to its innovative movable turf field. Read More