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Japan's mighty whale mountain | The Japan Times Online

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Will killing whales make a comeback? Japan wants to hunt them. Mexico wants to save them. But for the world's largest mammals, the biggest problem is the ... about.(Briefings): An article from: OnEarth Japan's mighty whale mountain The Japan Times Online

Japan convicts Greenpeace's 'Tokyo Two' for whaling investigation

Tokyo – A Greenpeace effort to expose what it sees as widespread corruption in Japan's government-subsidized whaling industry ended on Monday with two of its activists convicted of theft and trespassing. Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki -- dubbed the "Tokyo Two" by their organization -- received suspended sentences for taking a package from a delivery company in April 2008 that was filled with prime whale meat and addressed to the home of a crewmember on one of Japan's research whaling vessels. The pair, acting on a tip from a former whaler that crews were privately taking and selling whale meat that rightfully belongs to the government, delivered the package along with an explanation of their investigation to the Tokyo Prosecutors`Office the following month. But rather than resulting in government action on the alleged practice, the two were soon arrested and charged. This is the second recent case in which prosecutors have taken action against op

Critics skewer Lady Gaga's meat dress

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NEW YORK (AFP) – Animal rights activists stuck a fork in Lady Gaga's meat dress Tuesday but supporters rallied around the bizarre singer, saying her outfit was absolutely sizzling. The professional provocateur upstaged the MTV music video awards late Sunday not just by walking away with eight prizes, but taking that walk in enormous shoes and a nifty dress made entirely of raw steak. Now Lady Gaga, whose "Bad Romance" hit swept the awards, stands accused of bad taste. "Lady Gaga has a hard time being 'over the top,'" said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people upset by butchery than impressed by it." "Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn't want to die, and after time spent under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling in maggots." The singer is known for her theatrical sartorial taste so it

Obama urged to help end Japan's dolphin hunt

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TOKYO (AFP) – Animal rights activists protested against Japan's dolphin hunts in a rally outside the US embassy in Tokyo Thursday, calling on President Barack Obama to pressure the country over the issue. Ric O'Barry, star of the Oscar-winning eco-documentary "The Cove", handed a petition with 1.7 million signatures from more than 150 countries to US embassy officials, a day after the dolphin season started in the town of Taiji. "We have come to ask President Obama to get involved in this issue and ask the Japanese government to abolish this annual, anachronistic, brutal slaughter of dolphins," said O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper". The US president is expected to visit Japan in November for an annual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders. Some 70 volunteers from countries including the United States, Canada and Australia have gathered in Tokyo to join O'Barry, and 40 of them accompanied him up to the police security pe

Panda in Japan zoo dies during breeding programme

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Panda in Japan zoo dies during breeding programme TOKYO (AFP) – A male giant panda in a Japanese zoo died after it was sedated so it could donate semen in an artificial insemination programme, a zoo official said Friday. Kou Kou, or Xing Xing in Chinese, died Thursday of cardiac arrest after failing to recover from an anaesthetic at the Oji Zoo in the western port city of Kobe. Veterinarians had sedated the 14-year-old animal as part of a programme to impregnate his partner Tan Tan, or Shuang Shuang in Chinese, also 14. The zoo has set up a site for floral tributes and a message board. Giant pandas, a highly endangered species native to parts of China, are notoriously slow at reproducing in captivity. The Kobe zoo, after trying in vain to naturally mate the pair from 2003 to 2006, then began trying artificial insemination. Tan Tan became pregnant in 2007 but the cub was stillborn. She had a live birth the following August, but the cub died three days later. Posted via email

Pick The Better Investment: A Home Or Your Mattress

Pick The Better Investment: A Home Or Your Mattress by NPR Staff - September 11, 2010 "You need to invest in your future." "A home is a great investment." "It might be painful for a while, but it's worth it." These are the refrains Dawn Crowell of St. Paul, Minn., heard over and over again from just about everyone. The single mother of four eventually bought a house with the assumption that it would only increase in value. But like millions of Americans, Crowell has seen the value of her house plummet. Over the past four years, Americans have lost more than $5 trillion in wealth tied up in their homes. Economists hold vastly different views on whether there are worse days to come, and whether the home was ever meant to be a nest egg. The 40-Year Bubble Market-watcher Barry Ritholtz tells NPR's Guy Raz that based on his estimates, homes are still overvalued by about 10 to 20 percent, and that means prices can go down even further. For him,

Photo: Horses of Cape Shiriya in Aomori | Horses of Cape Shiriya album | McAlpine | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.

Photo: Horses of Cape Shiriya in Aomori Horses of Cape Shiriya album McAlpine Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.

Japan Offers $2,400 Bounty for Capture of Monkey Terrorizing Resort Town

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By Kazuyo Sawa - Sep 8, 2010 A Japanese town is offering a 200,000 yen ($2,400) reward for the capture of a monkey that’s broken into houses and attacked 43 people in the past month. A single male macaque, aged about 5 years, is believed to be responsible for the attacks, said Masayuki Miyazaki, a spokesman for the Mishima city government. The bounty will be introduced today and given to anyone able to lock the monkey in their house, he said. “Many people are afraid to go outside,” Miyazaki said by telephone today. “We’ve had isolated cases of crop damage by monkeys before, but there’s never been anything like this.” The monkey is also believed to be responsible for 38 attacks in three nearby towns, he said. The only reported injuries have been minor scratches and bites. Mishima, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Tokyo, updates a website every day to provide residents with information about the attacks. At least eight people were lightly bitten in the tow

Dolphins herded in Japanese cove but none killed

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AP – Fishermen drive bottle-nose dolphins into a net during their annual hunt off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture … By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press Writer Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press Writer – Fri Sep 3, 6:00 am ET TOKYO – Japanese fishermen herded dolphins into a cove made famous by an Oscar-winning documentary about the hunt but did not kill any Friday, as conservationist groups ramped up scrutiny of the annual slaughter. An official in the seaside village of Taiji , depicted in the film "The Cove," said a handful of the best-looking dolphins were kept to be sold to aquariums, but the rest were set free Friday morning. He declined to give details. The decision to set most of the dolphins free marks a departure from past practice. Conservationist group Sea Shepherd said it has been monitoring Taiji with a small crew of activists this week, and urged people to come to the village to help save the dolphins. Dolphins swim in pods in the ocean. Taiji fishermen herd them

Japan man drives wrong way on highway due to dead cat

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     Motorists are caught in a traffic jam along a highway in Tokyo. A Japanese man drove the wrong way down … – Fri Sep 3, 6:03 am ET TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese man drove the wrong way down an expressway for 90 kilometres (55 miles) and broke through five police barricades because his cat had died, he told police. Tsutomu Mizumoto, 31, was arrested early Wednesday on the northern island of Hokkaido, the Mainichi daily reported. Police said they responded to an emergency call about 5:45 a.m. about a car driving the wrong way on a motorway near the city of Otaru. They spotted the vehicle 15 minutes later and pursued the driver, ordering him to stop. Mizumoto ignored them and drove on, smashing through five emergency blockades and passing through a tollgate. He finally stopped at about 7:15 a.m. when police detained him. "I was sad that my pet cat died," he was quoted as telling police. "I wanted to do something crazy." Posted via email from Bushido Brya