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Agency mulls easing new emperor’s duties

Royal roles are transitioning as Japan readies for the crown prince to assume responsibility. Read More

Monkeys in hot water show less stress, study finds

Japanese macaques, a species of monkey inhabiting Japan, reduce their stress levels in winter by bathing in onsen hot springs to warm their bodies, according to new research. Read More
 

Tokyo museum explores the world of parasites

It’s hard to believe that about 60,000 parasitological specimens are housed in a building on bustling Meguro-dori avenue in Tokyo, which is lined with fashionable shops. Read More

Sony employees’ ideas get in-house incubator

Aiming to recover the Sony corporate culture that produced the legendary Walkman and PlayStation in the past, Sony Corp.’s Seed Acceleration Program seeks to promote new businesses proposed by Sony Group employees. Read More
 

Spring Time

A flock of fluffy baby sheep awaits the arrival of spring at Ecorin Village, a theme park featuring agriculture and the environment, in Eniwa, Hokkaido, Japan. Read More

Robo-vehicle serves as beast of burden on beach

The Kyushu Institute of Technology’s Center for Socio-Robotic Synthesis is working to develop a robot vehicle that can help clean up beaches and other areas. Read More

Japan abuzz with proliferation of beekeepers

A noticeable increase in professional beekeepers has been causing a buzz in Japan, with the central and local governments providing support for increased production of honeybees essential for growing many fruits and vegetables. Read More

Tail-Blazer

A new Godzilla statue was unveiled March 22 in front of the commercial complex Hibiya Chanter in Tokyo. Read More

Service allows students to take virtual tours of prospective firms

Major information technology company Gree Inc. and IT systems firm Toyoda High System, based in Kariya, Japan, jointly launched a new service in March to help students experience a company tour via virtual reality. Read More

Options for coffee-connoisseurs expanding

As more people are drinking coffee, more coffee shops are offering unique services to draw them in, such as reserving high-end coffee beans for particular customers and allowing customers to grind their own beans. Read More

Job hunters don’t like to be screened out by computers

As more companies turn to artificial intelligence to discover new talent, a recent survey has shown that a majority of job-seeking university students don’t want their abilities judged by the technology. Read More

Tiny handmade buttons gain attention

Shiho Murota paints intricate designs on pottery buttons, some measures just fraction of inches. Read More

Time to shrine

Shinto female attendants come out of the shrine past votive paper lanterns at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo last month. Read More

Japan looks at building new whaling ship

The Fisheries Agency plans to introduce a new vessel that will replace the aging Nisshin Maru, the 8,145-ton mother ship of the Japanese research whaling fleet in the Antarctic and Pacific oceans. Read More

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