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Skin deep: Japan's 'washi' paper torn by modern life
by Natsuko Fukue - July 1, 2019 - 2:19pm
Once an indispensable part of daily life in Japan, ultra-thin washi paper was used for everything from writing and painting to lampshades, umbrellas, and sliding doors, but demand has plunged as lifestyles have become...
Getting to zero: the Japan town trying to recycle all its waste
by Natsuko Fukue - June 16, 2019 - 6:17pm
Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020.
Valley of the dolls: scarecrows outnumber people in Japan village
by Natsuko Fukue - April 17, 2019 - 5:10pm
Nagoro, around 550 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Tokyo, has become known as the valley of dolls after local resident Tsukimi Ayano began placing scarecrows on the street to inject some life into her depopulated...
Japan abdication stirs female succession debate
by Natsuko Fukue - April 8, 2019 - 11:46am
Japanese Emperor Akihito's historic abdication later this month has reignited concerns over the future of what is believed to be one of the world's oldest royal families, given its hereditary, male-only succession...
The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast
by Natsuko Fukue - February 11, 2019 - 12:25pm
As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom.
Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides
by Natsuko Fukue - September 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors yesterday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least 11 people and leaving dozens missing.
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