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The Recovery of the Short-Tailed Albatross: A Preservation Success StoryRemarkable Recovery: The Modern History of Japan’s EnvironmentIshi Hiroyuki

Once believed to be extinct, the short-tailed albatross was rediscovered by meteorological observatory staff on the remote island of Torishima. The discovery set in motion extensive efforts to protect and preserve the species, led by a man who has dedicated his life to the project.
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Timeline for August 2017Japan Timeline

North Korea fires a missile over Hokkaidō, Prime Minister Abe reshuffles his cabinet, and Toyota and Mazda enter a business and capital alliance. Look back at the major stories of August 2017.
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School Backpacks on a Peace-Building Mission: Recycled “Randoseru” Support Afghan LiteracyGlobal Partnerships

Even after six years of hard wear, Japanese elementary school backpacks have a lot left to give, and they are giving it to the children of Afghanistan. Since 2004, the Japanese have donated more than 180,000 used randoseru to needy schoolchildren overseas under a program administered by the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning in partnership with chemicals manufacturer Kuraray.
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Japanese CastlesJapan Glances

Many castles were built in Japan during the Warring States period (1467–1568), when regional leaders vied for power. Although a large number were destroyed in the centuries that followed, there are still several fine structures to visit today, including those that have been reconstructed.
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The Short-Tailed Albatross: A Majestic Bird Driven to the Brink of ExtinctionRemarkable Recovery: The Modern History of Japan’s EnvironmentIshi Hiroyuki

Its trusting nature and lack of agility on the ground has long made the albatross easy prey for humans. Whole colonies were once massacred for their soft down feathers, driving the species to near-extinction. The first of a set of articles on this bird looks at the early, disastrous history of its interaction with the Japanese.
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Mount FujiJapan Glances

An introduction to Japan’s iconic mountain that draws visitors from around the world for its main summer climbing season.
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Prized Visitors or Pests? Learning to Live with Japan’s Wild GeeseRemarkable Recovery: The Modern History of Japan’s EnvironmentIshi Hiroyuki

The number of white-fronted geese increased 33-fold in half a century, but farmers saw them as a pest. A pioneering initiative in their largest wintering ground, Izunuma in Miyagi Prefecture, is helping geese and people to live side by side.
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Abe Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Reverse Slumping ApprovalJapan Data

On August 3, 2017, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō reshuffled his cabinet for the third time since being reelected premier in 2014, replacing 13 of 19 incumbent ministers. Kōno Tarō was appointed as minister for foreign affairs and Onodera Itsunori was tapped for minister of defense. Noda Seiko returned to the cabinet, taking on the role of minister of internal affairs and communications.
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Timeline for July 2017Japan Timeline

The Liberal Democratic Party loses heavily in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, Japan and the European Union reach a deal on a broad framework for an economic partnership agreement, and Okinoshima is named as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here are the top Japan news stories for July 2017.
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The Flight of the Wild GeeseRemarkable Recovery: The Modern History of Japan’s EnvironmentIshi Hiroyuki

Wild geese were once a common sight throughout Japan, but overhunting since the late 1800s caused their numbers to decline drastically to just 5,000. Geese migrate to Japan from Siberia, and it was a letter from the Soviet Union that helped them in their time of crisis.
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“Kakigōri”Japan Glances

Japanese summer would not be the same without the shaved ice dessert kakigōri. Traditionally incorporating syrup, it may also feature many other ingredients.
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Mount Fuji and the Sumida River: Japan’s Reviving EnvironmentRemarkable Recovery: The Modern History of Japan’s EnvironmentIshi Hiroyuki

The author launched his career as a science journalist at a newspaper just when Japan was entering an era of heavy industrial pollution. His investigations of domestic pollution soon expanded to environmental research in 130 countries. After years of reporting on degradation around the world, the author has turned his attention back to Japan in this new series.
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Sacred Island Selected for UNESCO List: An Overview of World Heritage Sites in JapanJapan Data

The Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It is the twenty-first Japanese location to be added to the prestigious list.
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TatamiJapan Glances

Tatami flooring is seen in many traditional Japanese spaces, including rooms, inns, restaurants, temples, and tearooms. Whether made with rice straw and rush grass or more modern substitutes, it contributes to a classic Japanese atmosphere.
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Timeline for June 2017Japan Timeline

Abdication and anticonspiracy legislation is passed and shōgi prodigy Fujii Sōta sets a new record for consecutive victories. These were Japan’s leading stories in June 2017.
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Books for Studying JapaneseJapan Data

These courses, reference works, and workbooks offer assistance on the journey to Japanese proficiency.
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