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May 26
Volcanic activity continues at Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, a hot spring resort area southwest of Tokyo. (NHK)
May 24
The Tokyo metropolitan government has launched a project to help ayu, or sweetfish, swim up the Tamagawa river, aiming to revive the “Edomae ayu” that once thrived in Tokyo Bay. The fish were once presented to the Tokugawa Shognate family. (The Japan News)
May 23
A rare rainbow-like phenomenon among thin clouds in the sky was seen over part of Japan. (NHK)
May 23
Fugu pufferfish that make beautiful “crop circles” on the seabed off Amami-Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture have been chosen as one of the top 10 new species for 2015 by an international research institute, according to the National Museum of Nature and Science. (The Japan News)
May 21
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has issued a statement welcoming a Japanese body’s decision to ban the acquisition of dolphins caught by drive hunting. (NHK)
May 20
The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums decided on May 20 to effectively ban its members from acquiring dolphins caught in drive hunts in Wakayama Prefecture to retain membership in the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. (Asahi)
May 20
Japan’s nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (Japan Today)
May 20
The nation’s first test field for drones opened in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Monday to promote the practical use of the small unmanned helicopters in the field of distribution. (The Japan News)
May 19
Sixteen young people who lived near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, prefectural authorities said May 18, although they added it is “unlikely” a direct result of the nuclear accident. (Asahi)
May 19
Nearly half the dolphins in Japan’s aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday. (bangkokpost.com)