Microplastics Found In 26 Japanese Rivers

Microplastics found in 26 Japanese rivers

Researchers say they found microplastics in most of the 29 rivers they tested across Japan. They are calling for measures to reduce plastic waste in inland areas.

The researchers from Tokyo University of Science and Ehime University checked water samples from 29 rivers. They were looking to see whether the waterways contain plastic particles 5 millimeters long or smaller. Tiny pieces of plastic are potentially harmful to ecosystems.

7th Body Found In Fukushima Fire

7th body found in Fukushima fire

Another body has been found in a house destroyed by fire in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, bringing the death toll to 7.

Police say they are trying to identify the bodies.

Centuries-old Christian Painting Found In Japan

Centuries-old Christian painting found in Japan

A religious painting believed to have been made by a Japanese Christian about 400 years ago has been discovered near Tokyo.

The painting was found at a memorial museum in Oiso Town in Kanagawa Prefecture. The facility is known for its collection of historical items related to Japanese Christians.

Highest Number Of Wooden Boats Found In 2018

Highest number of wooden boats found in 2018

Japan Coast Guard officials have confirmed that this year there have been 105 incidents in which wooden boats, presumably from the Korean Peninsula, have washed ashore, or have been found drifting in Japanese waters.

The officials say the number of such cases exceeded last year's figure of 104 as of Thursday, making 105 the highest since the recordkeeping began in 2013.

Whale Shark Found In Tottori River Dies

Whale shark found in Tottori river dies

A whale shark believed to have strayed into a river in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, has been found dead.

A resident of Kotoura Town found the 5-meter-long shark near the mouth of the Katsutagawa River on Saturday. It reportedly had scars on its tail fin.

More Documents On Involuntary Sterilizations Found

More documents on involuntary sterilizations found

Japan's health ministry has discovered more documents identifying people who were involuntarily sterilized under the country's now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law.

Ministry officials on Wednesday attended a meeting of the governing coalition's taskforce on the issue. They said documents identifying 1,603 people had been found at hospitals, facilities for people with disabilities, and municipal offices.

Plastics Found In Stomach Of Dead Blue Whale

Plastics found in stomach of dead blue whale

Experts have found plastic in the stomach of a dead blue whale washed ashore in eastern Japan earlier this month. They say it is an example of how marine plastic contamination is spreading.

National Museum of Nature and Science experts and other scientists discovered a folded piece of plastic inside the male cub, which was found on a beach in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Multidrug-resistant Bacterium Found In Kagoshima

Multidrug-resistant bacterium found in Kagoshima

Officials in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, say 8 inpatients have died at Kagoshima University Hospital from a suspected in-hospital infection.

The officials say a bacterium resistant to most antibiotics has been detected from multiple patients at the hospital in Kagoshima city.

Submarines Including U-boat Found In Sea Of Japan

Submarines including U-boat found in Sea of Japan

A Japanese research team has discovered 3 World War Two-era submarines, including a German-made U-boat, in a bay opening towards the Sea of Japan.

Last month, a team led by the Kyushu Institute of Technology surveyed the seabed of Wakasa Bay, some 20 kilometers off Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture, using an underwater drone.

Possible Bullet Found Outside Us Base In Okinawa

Possible bullet found outside US base in Okinawa

Local officials in Okinawa are voicing concern after an apparent bullet damaged a shed near a US base in that prefecture.

On Thursday, police received a report from the owner of a farm shed in Nago City that the glass in its windows had been broken and what looked like a bullet was found inside.

Sagawa Found To Have Lied Repeatedly In Diet

Sagawa found to have lied repeatedly in Diet

It has been revealed that a former senior official of Japan's Finance Ministry made false replies in the Diet dozens of times regarding a scandal involving the sale of state-owned land.

The secretary general of the Upper House revealed this in a committee meeting on Monday.