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‘Reiwa’ moniker reflects a modern perspective

On April 1, in one of the final steps of initiating the nation’s first Imperial succession in three decades, Yoshihide Suga, the chief Cabinet secretary, announced new Imperial era name of “Reiwa.” Read More

Photo: Flowing in the wind

Visitors view the blooming cherry blossoms and colorful carp streamers fluttering in the air at Kodomonokuni, or Children’s Land, in Yokohama near Tokyo Friday, April 12, 2019. Read More

Machines vend buggy treats

You won’t find snacks like this in most vending machines: insects including crickets, unicorn beetles and tarantulas. Read More

Golden opportunities for fun

With the emperor’s abdication at the end of April comes a bumper Golden Week. Including the weekends on either end, for a 10-day span from April 27 to May 6, pretty much the entire country will be on holiday, celebrating the end of the Heisei Era (1989-2019) — and a moment of rare freedom from the corporate grind. Read More
 

Researchers ‘wake up’ ancient mammoth cells

New findings indicate that the resurrection of mammoths is not a fantasy, after cell nuclei extracted from the 28,000-year-old remains of a woolly mammoth were discovered to retain some function. Read More

Dying Ice monsters

Ashley Huang had seen the pictures on the internet, and they were mesmerizing: huge, Godzilla-like creatures, naturally formed by snow and ice, encasing conifer trees spread across a mountainous landscape in northern Japan. Read More

New products turn corn cobs into something delicious

Seasoning maker Mizkan will release a new food brand, “Zenb” (zenbu in Japanese means “entire” or “all”), featuring environmentally friendly products that, as much as possible, are made from whole pieces of produce. Read More
 

Plan in works to promote eco-friendly plastic tech

Now that reducing the use of plastics has become a global challenge, the Environment Ministry will start a project to globally promote Japanese companies with technologies related to eco-friendly plastics. Read More

‘Cherry blossom gold’ torch unveiled

The design of the torch for the relay leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Games has been unveiled by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read More

Photo: No Back Pain

A young markhor wild goat at Izu Animal Kingdom in Higashiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, has been entertaining zoo visitors by jumping onto a zebra’s back. Read More

This Starbucks is not your typical kissaten

Tokyo’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery is the only one in the world designed and built from the ground up. Read More

Collection of essays offers insight on early Japan

As interest in the state of the country grows apace pre-Olympics, “The Land We Saw, the Times We Knew” provides fascinating insight into early-modern Japan. Read More

Wearable sensor would predict seizures

A group of Japanese researchers is developing a device in which a smartphone notifies epilepsy patients ahead of seizures via a sensor built into an undershirt. Read More
 

Ehime Prefecture receives box of cash from mystery sender

Ehime Prefecture received a cardboard box containing a large quantity of 10,000 yen bills, the prefectural government announced. Read More

Japan plans to use cruise ship hotels at Tokyo Games

Authorities are going full-steam ahead with plans to roll out “hotel ships” that will be stationed in Tokyo Bay to alleviate the expected shortage of accommodations during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Read More

Cultural agency announces 2 exhibits for Nihonhaku expo

The Cultural Affairs Agency has selected two special exhibitions to be held as part of the Japan Cultural Expo, or Nihonhaku, an arts and culture festival that will coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Read More

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