Possible Tyrannosaurus fossil found in Hokkaido
Jiji -- Jun 21
A dinosaur fossil that may be part of a tyrannosaurus has been found in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido, northern Japan, two Hokkaido museums said Wednesday.

Amateur collector Hidetoshi Kogawa, 62, found the fossil of a vertebra, which is part of the spine, in 2016 in a geological layer formed 86.3 million to 89.8 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period, according to the Hokkaido University Museum and the Mikasa City Museum.

Following analysis of its shape and internal structure, researchers presume that the cylinder-shaped fossil, which is 9 centimeters long, 6 centimeters high and 5 centimeters wide, is a bone of a middle-size tyrannosaurus with a body about 6 meters long.

Tyrannosaurus species are said to have become larger in size in the late Cretaceous Period. But only a limited number of tyrannosaurus fossils of the period have been found so far.

"This is an important discovery that may help unravel the riddle of how they became large," Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, associate professor at the Hokkaido University Museum, told a news conference in Mikasa, near Ashibetsu.

News source: Jiji
Sep 24
A Japanese cargo spacecraft, the Kounotori 7, is on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (NHK)
Sep 24
Japan's space agency JAXA says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have landed on the asteroid Ryugu. (NHK)
Sep 24
The organizer of the Tokyo Marathon is considering raising the fees paid by participants by 50 pct, from 10,000 yen to 15,000 yen, starting with the race in March 2020, it was learned Saturday. (Jiji)
Sep 23
A day after securing his record-extending 41st championship, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho closed the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Sep 22
In just one year, some of the toughest athletes are set to hit the pitch in Japan for the Rugby World Cup. As the players gear up to play, they're getting some advice about adhering to local customs, including covering up their tattoos. (NHK)
Sep 22
Police in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested three men on suspicion of trying to rob a vacant house where an elderly couple were murdered. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
Japan's major mobile phone carrier SoftBank says more than 10 million e-mails have been lost due to a faulty mail system. (NHK)
Sep 21
Pricier and bigger new iPhone models made their market debut in Japan on Friday, with the country's three leading mobile carriers starting sales of the XS Max and the XS that have faster processors and feature better battery life and improved camera functions. (Kyodo)
Sep 21
Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture fully reopened on Friday. Severe damage caused by a powerful typhoon earlier this month had forced the closure of most of its operations. (NHK)
Sep 21
Many challenges are awaiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he won a third consecutive term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in an election on Thursday. (Jiji)