Fishing, Farming Hit By Fall Slump

Fishing, farming hit by fall slump

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe supply outlook for traditional autumn foods is not good, as recent poor catches of saury and salmon continued this year and farmers struggled with small fruit and vegetable harvests due to the lack of sunlight. Typhoon No. 18 also damaged agricultural products when it swept across Japan.

The port of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, traditionally receives a large volume of saury from fishermen, making it one of the major ports of this kind in the Sanriku coastal area. But while the saury catch usually begins in late August, this year there had been no catch landed at the port as of mid-September.

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Gallery: Rare View Inside H - Bomb - Exposed Fishing Boat

GALLERY: Rare view inside H-bomb-exposed fishing boat

A tuna fishing boat hit by the fallout from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test in 1954, and preserved since the 1970s, was recently opened to Kyodo News reporters for a rare view inside the vessel that is otherwise off limits at an exhibition hall in Tokyo.

The Fukuryu Maru No. 5, with 23 fishermen onboard, was exposed to the radioactive fallout of the test conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954. 

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Let's Go To The Museum / Scout Museum A Path To Great Outdoors

Let's go to the museum / Scout Museum a path to great outdoors

By Noriya Nagashima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer Children are said to play outside less often these days. However, that common refrain didn't concern the uniform-clad children at the Scout Museum in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. Even inside, they were brimming with energy. "I really like curry cooked on a fire built with firewood," one said, while another added, "I was excited to see wild rabbits."

Scouting, which is aimed at developing youth through outdoor camps and other activities, started in Britain in 1907. About 40 million people currently participate in Scout groups in 164 countries and regions worldwide.

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Opinion: Japan's Betrayal Of The Hibakusha

OPINION: Japan's betrayal of the hibakusha

One hundred and twenty-two nations voted on July 7 to adopt the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons -- a historic agreement to outlaw, for all time, the very worst weapons of mass destruction. Regrettably, Japan was not among them. It has so far refused to support this crucial new treaty.

Its stance is a betrayal of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the hibakusha -- whose suffering the treaty acknowledges in its preamble. For decades, they have warned of the horrors of nuclear war and appealed for disarmament. The government, shamefully, has ignored their pleas.

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Noh, Kyogen Trying To Go Beyond Just Words

Noh, kyogen trying to go beyond just words

By Tatsuhiro Morishige / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterUsing expressions from hundreds of years ago, noh and kyogen plays are considered hard to appreciate even by many people in the art forms' country of origin. But actors and lovers of these traditional performing arts have been taking on the challenge of breaking down the language barrier.

When Hosho Kazufusa starred in a noh play in May, the 31-year-old iemoto grand master of the Hosho School teamed up with an "actor" of an unusual kind: the latest digital art technology, called visual jockey.

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Good Times Roll Again In Gion With Maharaja Disco Revival

Good times roll again in Gion with Maharaja disco revival

KYOTO--Maharaja Gion, a discotheque that attracted high-flyers during Japan's asset-inflated boom period of the late 1980s and early 1990s, is to reopen its doors for the first time in over 20 years.

The high-class discotheque is scheduled to make its comeback on Sept. 13 at its original venue, Gion Kaikan hall, in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. In its heyday, the outlet was a flagship of the Maharaja discotheque chain in Japan.

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Beluga Whale Shows Ability To Learn Language Like Humans: Research

Beluga whale shows ability to learn language like humans: research

A beluga whale in Japan has displayed the ability to memorize objects together with the sounds and symbols representing them, and make spontaneous matches, a team of Japanese researchers has announced.

The discovery by scientists including Tsukasa Murayama of Tokai University is said to mark the first time this ability has been confirmed in a creature other than humans.

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Games Build Ties / Remembering The Ravages Of War: Hand In Hand To The Olympics

Games build ties / Remembering the ravages of war: hand in hand to the Olympics

The Yomiuri Shimbun Various municipalities have signed up to be host towns for participating countries and regions of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, seeking to deepen friendships, create a chance for children to come into contact with other parts of the world and even overcome sad memories. This is the first installment of a series focusing on the hopes and efforts they are investing in their roles as hosts.

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New Gundam Plastic Model Shop Opens In Tokyo

New Gundam plastic model shop opens in Tokyo

Toy maker Bandai Co. opened a new flagship store Saturday in Tokyo specializing in plastic model kits based on the popular sci-fi television animation series "Mobile Suit Gundam."

The Gundam Base Tokyo, located at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza complex in the Odaiba commercial district, is the first official plastic model outlet in Japan for the series, featuring giant combat robots wearing mobile suits, and 13th overall, joining the list of shops operating in South Korea and Taiwan.

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Rebirth Of Vinyl In Japan Propelled By Diversification Of Music Platforms

Rebirth of vinyl in Japan propelled by diversification of music platforms

Vinyl music is enjoying a renaissance, as digital streaming services generate interest in records once more.

Japan's electronics and entertainment giant Sony is making a move to ride this latest wave in the music industry, with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. recently announcing it will resume pressing vinyl at Sony DADC Japan Inc., its disc-manufacturing subsidiary in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, after a 30-year hiatus.

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Fukushima Town Aims To Partially Lift Evacuation Order By 2022

Fukushima town aims to partially lift evacuation order by 2022Town authorities here look to partially lift the evacuation order for the town's so-called "difficult-to-return" zone with high radiation levels emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by sometime around the spring of 2022, town officials disclosed on Aug. 2.Town authorities here look to partially lift the evacuation order for the town's so-called "difficult-to-return" zone with high radiation levels emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by sometime around the spring of 2022, town officials disclosed on Aug. 2.
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New Japan Old Japan / Kendama Unites World In Birthplace

New Japan Old Japan / Kendama unites world in birthplace

By Ryuzo Suzuki / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior PhotographerThe city of Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, known as the birthplace of kendama, again hosted the "World Cup" of the beloved cup-and-ball toy this year.

Held on July 22 and 23, this was the fourth tournament since the event began in 2014. A record 387 participants from 14 countries and regions competed using different techniques and at varying levels of difficulty. From Japan, 282 kendama aficionados participated in the competition.

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