Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Japanese Railway Turns To Feline ‘Stationmaster’ For Help

May 27, 2008

Tama is the stationmaster of Kishi station in Kinokawa in western Japan. She also happens to be a cat.

The tortoiseshell coloured feline, born and raised at Kishi Station on the provincial Kishigawa Line, wears a formal uniform cap of Wakayama Electric Railway and calmly watches passing passengers who greet her.

There are 10 train stations on the 14.3-kilometre (8.9-mile) line.

“Tama is the only stationmaster as we have to reduce personnel costs. You say you could ask for the cat’s help, but she is actually bringing luck to us,” Wakayama Electric spokeswoman Keiko Yamaki said.

The company feeds her in lieu of salary.

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Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address

May 22, 2008

When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.

Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor’s roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.

He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.

“I’m Mr. Yosuke Nakamura,” the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

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VIDEO: Monkey works in a Japanese bar

May 14, 2008

The chunky monkeys who have been put on a diet after being overfed by tourists

May 6, 2008

Happy tourists visiting the wildlife park in Japan might have thought they were treating the monkeys.

But they have left many of them so overweight they can hardly get around.

About 50 Macaca mulatta monkeys at Ohama park in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture have been so overfed by tourists they are now massively overweight.

A local report in April said that about 30 per cent of the animals are so huge they struggle to get around their 420-square-meter enclosure.

Officials have been forced to put them on a strict diet.

PHOTOS: Supersized Sea Monsters

May 2, 2008

At the time of this 2007 photo, Japanese scientists had captured what may be the first images of a live giant squid.

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Japan Detects First Case of Bird Flu in a Year, Kyodo Reports

April 30, 2008

Japan detected the bird flu virus in three dead swans, the nation’s first case of the disease in more than a year, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing a National Institute of Animal Health study.

The swans, which tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, were found in Japan’s northern prefecture of Akita on April 21, Kyodo said.

Akita’s local government will carry out inspections at 15 farms within a 30 kilometer radius of where the infected swans were found, Kyodo reported. Inspectors will examine about 42,000 birds, the news agency said.

The government will ask local farmers to take additional precautions to prevent wild birds entering their properties and to detect any chickens showing signs of illness, Kyodo said.

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Pet hotel near Tokyo airport REALLY pampers travelers’ animals

March 28, 2008

The Pet Inn Royal at Narita airport near Tokyo is exactly what its name implies: a place of overnight lodging where your four-footed friend is king. For some pet owners, that can be a little disconcerting.

“I was actually surprised they knew when our pets went to the toilet and how much food they ate,” said Lisbeth Petersen, a native of Denmark who left her cats, Pooh and Cookie, at the hotel during a recent trip to Singapore. “Normally I would just expect to know if they have been eating well or not,” she said.

The hotel, which opened in 2005, is designed to cater to the extremely finicky needs of Japanese pets, which typically receive hand-and-foot wait services from their owners. But the establishment has also found a solid market among the growing number of expatriates in Japan. These impermanent residents travel frequently and often do not have local friends or neighbors who can watch their pets.

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Pink Kitties! And they play piano!

March 11, 2008

THIS is Kitty Mowmow’s new happy thought!

African Ivory Headed for One-Time Auction

December 29, 2007


Check out this story from NPR:

Weekend Edition Saturday, December 29, 2007 · Sometime early next year, tons of African ivory will be sold at auction to Japan. Despite the international ban on the trade, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia will be allowed a one-time purge of their stockpiled ivory. Conservationists hope the sale won’t reignite widespread demand for elephant tusks.

Japan announces it suspends the capture of humpback whales in the Antarctic

December 28, 2007


France noted with satisfaction the announcement by the Japanese government to suspend the capture of humpback whales in the Antarctic. This is a positive signal in the current context of accommodation within the International Whaling Commission, whose 78 members are contemplating the institution’s future and the means to end the deadlock.

France strongly encourages Japan to pursue this path and to end its program of so-called scientific whaling in the Antarctic (JARPA II), which plans to kill nearly 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales that appear on the IUCN (World Conservation Union) red list of threatened species.

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Speaking of France, have you seen this French Orangina “Naturally Juicy” ad? It’s filled with scantily-clad, stripping, and lapdancing critters. Are they anthropomorphized animals? Furries? I don’t know what to call them. Though it is very weird, it is also a “visual feast,” as the critics like to say.