November 18, 2014
Japan on Nov. 18 unveiled plans to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean despite an international court ruling that previous hunts were illegal, but said it would slash the quota for the so-called scientific whaling program.
November 18, 2014
TSU, Mie Prefecture--Scientists at Mie University here have developed a biofuel from unmarketable oranges and waste left over after making orange juice that may put the squeeze on existing bioethanol as a more efficient and less-corrosive fuel blend.
November 08, 2014
Venomous redback spiders are among 424 nonnative species targeted for extermination in Japan under a planned new designation for alien threats against indigenous species and human health.
November 07, 2014
AGANO, Niigata Prefecture--Amid a drop in temperatures indicating the arrival of winter, a bevy of swans was seen splashing on a lake here in the morning mist on Nov. 6.
October 28, 2014
SAITAMA--Pedal power is winning cohorts as "community cycle" programs spread across Japan, leaving no carbon footprint.
October 23, 2014
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles.
October 13, 2014
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido--Lake Mashuko had long been a source of pride in this industrialized nation as the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. But the effects of global warming and an alien species have clouded that distinction, researchers said.
October 11, 2014
In the new world of alternative energy sources, Tokyo is about to have its day in the sun.
September 18, 2014
Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea have agreed to set limits on the amount of glass eels that can be procured by eel farmers to prevent overfishing of the fry eels, which are used in eel farming.
September 07, 2014
MINABE, Wakayama Prefecture--Popular among divers, an extremely rare sea anemone species that emits a glowing yellow light is rapidly disappearing off the coast here, forcing the government to consider protection measures.
September 06, 2014
AKITA--The survival rate of Japanese golden eagle chicks has been halved over the past 30 years because the forestry industry’s decline has affected the hunting grounds of the endangered species, environmental experts say.
September 02, 2014
TAIJI, Wakayama Prefecture--This coastal community’s annual dolphin hunt kicked off Sept. 1, and foreign anti-whaling activists were out in force to protest the slaughter as dozens of police officers stood by to keep the peace.
August 19, 2014
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Researchers have found rare stalagmites containing coral fragments in a cave off Cape Henoko, where the government plans to relocate an air base from another part of this southernmost prefecture.
August 18, 2014
KUSHIMA, Miyazaki Prefecture--In the waters off the Nichinan coast in southern Kyushu, the crown-of-thorns starfish has become an unwelcome pest.
July 30, 2014
Master angler Jiro Shirataki is puzzled that the average size of his catches of tasty "ayu" trout have become “noticeably smaller than before.”
July 27, 2014
Researchers are raising new alarms about the ecological threat posed by land reclamation work planned for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture in a bay where 10 new species have been discovered since 2007.
July 22, 2014
About 80 percent of municipal governments across Japan are keen to promote renewable energies in the hope that the new energy sources, technology and sales revenue will help revitalize regional development, a survey shows.
July 22, 2014
As coral reefs continue to fall victim to global warming, a major Japanese construction company is working to restore these endangered ecosystems using underwater tunnel building technology.
July 16, 2014
The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will take effect in October, but without the participation of Japan--even though it spearheaded the initiative.
July 10, 2014
A leading environmental group has found extensive evidence that endangered dugongs inhabit waters close to the planned relocation site of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture.