'conan' Featured In Yamaguchi's Crime - Solving, History Tour

'Conan' featured in Yamaguchi's crime-solving, history tour

YAMAGUCHI--Yamaguchi Prefecture officials are enlisting the help of boy detective Conan Edogawa to attract puzzle-loving tourists and offer a history lesson for the would-be crime solvers.

The tour in the westernmost prefecture on Honshu offers clues at sites closely associated with the Meiji Restoration, the event that replaced the feudal Tokugawa Shogunate with the modern national government and brought an end to the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Read More

Kanta On Manga / Weird Science Manga Highlights 'umwelt'

KANTA ON MANGA / Weird science manga highlights 'Umwelt'

Rapid progress is being made in the field of genome editing, an advanced type of genetic engineering that involves directly rewriting genes. A technology called CRISPR-Cas9, which was introduced in 2012, is said to be able to edit gene information as simply as carrying out a cut and paste command on a computer, and there are hopes that the technology could lead to cures for hereditary diseases.

At the same time, some have said the ability to freely modify the genes of fertilized eggs is moving us closer to creating "designer babies." This week’s manga, "Designs," presents a world in the not-too-distant future where genetic technology has advanced even further and with more sinister results.

Read More

Inumukoiri

InumukoiriAzusa Ninomiya (Narimi Arimori) is a depressed elementary school teacher in Tokyo. She has problems at work and also in her personal life. One day, she suddenly hears a voice saying "If you go to Imore island, you will get what you want.” She decides to go to the island.
Read More

Fast - Selling Yogurt Helps Fund Education In Fukushima

Fast-selling yogurt helps fund education in Fukushima

MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--New yogurt products made here are shooting up in popularity, and developers hope they will help dispel negative publicity surrounding foodstuffs following the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The lactic acid bacteria used in the products was discovered by University of Tokyo researcher Kazuhisa Sekimizu, who developed the products jointly with a dairy company in Motomiya.

Read More

A Mountain Of Azaleas

A mountain of azaleas

The Yomiuri Shimbun About 3,000 azalea trees are in full bloom in the garden of Hotel de Yama in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday. Many tourists enjoyed the display of red, pink, purple and white flowers, with Mt. Fuji in the background, a seasonal delight of early summer.

Read More

Guide Shares Sweet Stories From Skytree

Guide shares sweet stories from Skytree

The Yomiuri Shimbun Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the 634-meter-high Tokyo Skytree, located in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. The number of visitors to the tower's observation decks is expected to reach 30 million by the end of this fiscal year.

Since the opening, observation deck guide Koto Sakai, 31, has witnessed various human relationships develop on the tower. On a weekend in mid-May, she snaked her way through the crowds and approached a family on the Tenbo Deck, the tower's first observation floor.

Read More

Dazzling Moss Phlox Lends Flower Power To Hokkaido Park

Dazzling moss phlox lends flower power to Hokkaido park

OZORA, Hokkaido--Visitors to a park here in northern Japan will be tickled pink at the dazzling sight of "shibazakura" (moss phlox) in full bloom this week.

The flowers, in red, purple and white as well as pink, are set to reach their peak after May 18 at Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, located in northeastern Hokkaido, near the Sea of Okhotsk, according to the park management's forecast.

Read More