Whaling Situation Around The Globe

Whaling situation around the globe

Japan's Fisheries Agency says that of the 88 member nations in the International Whaling Commission, 40 could be listed as approving of whaling.

The agency placed the IWC's members into two groups of approving and disapproving of whaling, based on their past voting behavior in IWC activities and other data.

Start Of 'reiwa' Era Marked Around The World

Start of 'Reiwa' era marked around the world

Events to mark the new Reiwa era have taken place in Japan and around the world.

In Tokyo, about 70 senior-ranking wrestlers have celebrated the start of the era by standing in formation to spell out the two kanji characters that make up the name. Among them were Yokozuna grand champions Hakuho and Kakuryu, as well as newly promoted ozeki Takakeisho.

Police Beef Up Security Around Imperial Palace

Police beef up security around Imperial Palace

Tokyo police on Monday stepped up security around the Imperial Palace ahead of this week's abdication and accession ceremonies.

Explosive detection dogs were seen searching for suspicious objects in the square in front of the Palace. They can even find devices that are buried.

Heavy Snow Expected In And Around Tokyo

Heavy snow expected in and around Tokyo

Japanese weather officials say an extremely powerful cold air mass will bring snow to wide areas, including central Tokyo.

The Meteorological Agency says the air mass with a temperature of minus 24 degrees Celsius covered the northern prefecture of Hokkaido and nearby regions on Friday.

Bullet Train Inspection To Take Until Around 10 Pm

Bullet train inspection to take until around 10 PM

The operator of the Kyushu bullet train service says safety inspections following the earthquake will likely continue until around 10 PM.

Kyushu Railway Company suspended Shinkansen bullet train operations between Hakata and Kumamoto stations after the quake hit around 6:10 PM.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Nippori Textile Town--weave A Path Into The Capital's Fabric

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Nippori Textile Town--Weave a path into the capital's fabricGarnering silk and wool from animals; cotton, flax and jute from plants. We human beings are a resourceful, inventive bunch. Our ancestors fed mulberry leaves to silkworms, waited for them to pupate in cocoons, and then dissolved them in hot water and extracted long fibers that they fed into a spinning wheel.


Fleece is sheared from sheep, then scoured, carded, combed and spun into yarn. Teeny-tiny cotton fibers are picked from the plant, then stretched and twisted and made into thread. Linen is harvested, dried, threshed, retted, scutched and then spun. The resulting thread or yarn is woven or knitted and made into a textile.

Many Around Nuclear Plants Lack Iodine Tablets

Many around nuclear plants lack iodine tablets

An NHK survey shows that more than 40 percent of the people living around nuclear power plants across Japan have not yet received iodine tablets as a precaution in the event of a nuclear accident.

Radioactive iodine may be released into the environment during an accident at a nuclear plant. The substance could cause cancer when taken into the thyroid gland. Use of iodine tablets is a preventive measure.

Nintendo Explains Why They're Still Keeping The 3ds Around

Nintendo Explains Why They're Still Keeping The 3DS Around

With the Nintendo Switch offering up a bigger display and more powerful hardware, it made sense that many believed that the Switch was designed to replace not just the Wii U, but also potentially the 3DS due to the fact that it could be taken around just as easily as it could be plugged into a TV.

However Nintendo has continued to maintain its 3DS lineup of hardware and also games, and recently in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explained why they are continuing to keep the 3DS around, suggesting that it was a more affordable device compared to the Switch, and that it would appeal to the younger crowd.