World's first cloned cow dies of old age in Ishikawa Prefecture
Japan Times -- May 17
The world’s first cloned cow died of old age Monday, according to the prefectural government of Ishikawa.

The female cow, Noto, was 19 years and 10 months old when she passed away.

Officials announced Tuesday that an autopsy showed she was not suffering from any diseases at the time of her death.

According to the livestock experiment station of the prefecture’s agriculture and forestry research center, Noto stopped moving about and began having breathing troubles around May 4.

The cow recovered enough to eat feed by itself after being administered special nutrients. But the animal’s condition suddenly worsened Monday afternoon before dying.

Noto was born as a twin in July 1998 in a joint project with Kindai University using somatic cells of an adult cow. The technology used to create Dolly the sheep in Scotland in 1996 was used to create the two cows. Its sibling, Kaga, is alive and being taken care of at the livestock station. The two cows both gave birth to their own calves as well.

News source: Japan Times
Jul 16
People in many parts of Japan are sweltering as temperatures have soared to nearly 40 degrees Celsius. The heatwave is likely to continue this week with the risk of heatstroke remaining high in areas including those hit by recent heavy rain. (NHK)
Jul 16
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that were hit hard recently by record-high rainfall. (NHK)
Jul 16
Japanese authorities say 210 people have been confirmed dead and 22 remain missing after the recent record rainfall in the western part of the country. (NHK)
Jul 15
People in western Japan are contending with scorching heat as they pick through the debris left by record rain, flooding and landslides. (NHK)
Jul 15
On Rishiri Island in the northern Japan prefecture of Hokkaido, people are on alert after a brown bear has recently been spotted for the first time in 106 years, ahead of the summer tourism season. (Jiji)
Jul 15
Meat, mackerel and other foods are being increasingly promoted as substitutes for "kabayaki," or grilled, eels ahead of the midsummer Day of the Ox in Japan. (Jiji)
Jul 14
Authorities say the death toll from the record rainfall that pounded western Japan has climbed to 193. Another 47 people are still missing. Authorities say 5 people are without vital signs. (NHK)
Jul 14
A government panel gave the green light Friday for public broadcaster NHK to start simultaneous online streaming of its television programs amid surging popularity of streaming video services. (Japan Today)
Jul 13
NHK has learned that scientists now believe the asteroid Ryugu was likely formed from a collection of asteroid fragments. (NHK)
Jul 13
A small eruption has been confirmed on an uninhabited island in the Pacific around 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, the weather agency said Thursday. (Kyodo)