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.
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.
Golden marshes--what a beautiful name! Perhaps at sunrise or sunset, the sun's golden rays created a magical view of Kanazawa.
No, not the Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture; I'm talking about the one in Kanagawa. The area that hardly anybody calls by its "proper" name and instead refers to as "Bunko" or "Hakkei."
I'm sure that most of us know that ukiyo translates as "floating world." But what exactly does this mean?
Our mother planet, Earth, is indeed floating somewhere in the Milky Way--or the River of Heaven (amanogawa), Ganges of the Sky, Birds' Path, Straw Way and countless other ways us earthlings refer to our galaxy.
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.
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.
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.