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Japan starts Pacific ‘research’ whaling
AFP: A fleet of four Japanese ships left the northern main island of Hokkaido on Sunday to start the seasonal “research” whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters, local media have said.
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Japan starts Pacific ‘research’ whaling

AFP: A fleet of four Japanese ships left the northern main island of Hokkaido on Sunday to start the seasonal “research” whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters, local media have said.

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Caroline Kennedy slams Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter

NBC News, Reuters: Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan, has weighed in on the issue of Japan’s controversial annual dolphin hunt criticizing the ‘inhumaneness’ of the slaughter.

Hundreds of dolphins have been rounded up in a secluded bay for this year’s hunt, according to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Photo: Fishermen hunt dolphins at a cove in Taiji, western Japan, on Monday (Adrian Mylne / Reuters)

Swiss ‘jetman’ flies around Japan’s Mount Fuji

AFP: A Swiss man wearing a jet-powered wing he designed and built himself has flown around Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji several times -

Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy, who has previously flown over the Grand Canyon and English Channel, flew around the peak after diving from a helicopter 9 times over a week.

Video: Jetman soars alongside iconic Mount Fuji in Japan (via YouTube’s RT)

7 arrested for dissolving man’s body in Japan

AFP: In a plot straight out of an episode of Breaking Bad, police in Japan have arrested 7 people for allegedly dissolving a body using chemicals found in drain cleaners.


The plot was uncovered when police discovered a dental implant linked to the man in a sewage tank.

Volcano the size of New Mexico discovered off Japan

MSN News: The largest volcano in the world, and possibly one of the largest in the Solar System, has been discovered off the coast of Japan by scientists.

The volcano has been named Tamu Massif by the scientist who discovered it, after Texas A&M University where he taught for decades.

Tamu Massif dwarfs its nearest rival, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which occupies roughly 2% of the size of the giant volcano.

Photo: A 3-D image of Tamu Massif, the world’s biggest volcano, was discovered under the Pacific Ocean and named after Texas A&M University. (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program)

Japan raises Fukushima water leak to INES Level 3 incident

Reuters: The severity rating of the latest radioactive water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant has officially been raised to Level 3 on an international scale for radiological releases, Japan’s nuclear regulator announced on Wednesday.

Photo: Members of a Fukushima prefecture panel, which monitors the safe decommissioning of the nuclear plant, inspect the construction site of the shore barrier, which is meant to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea. The photo was released Aug. 6, 2013. (Kyodo via Reuters/file)

Video shows lightning striking train

An amateur videographer captured footage of lightning striking a moving train in Tokyo, Japan, Monday evening during a storm.

USA TODAY reports:

The sky lights up before the train is hit, then a massive bolt makes contact with the train. Sparks are visible shooting up from the front of the locomotive, which eventually slows to a stop.

Dock apparently from Japan tsunami washes ashore on US beach
AP: A dock that apparently was ripped away from Japanese waters by a tsunami and drifted for more than a year-and-a-half across 5,000 miles of the Pacific washed ashore on a remote beach between La Push and the Hoh River on the northwest tip of Washington.
Photo: In this June 6, 2012, photo, a man looks at the tsunami dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach in Newport, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Dock apparently from Japan tsunami washes ashore on US beach

AP: A dock that apparently was ripped away from Japanese waters by a tsunami and drifted for more than a year-and-a-half across 5,000 miles of the Pacific washed ashore on a remote beach between La Push and the Hoh River on the northwest tip of Washington.

Photo: In this June 6, 2012, photo, a man looks at the tsunami dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach in Newport, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US, Japan women’s soccer teams battle for Olympic gold
The highly anticipated gold medal women’s soccer game between the U.S. and Japan has just concluded. The game is a rematch of last year’s World Cup final, which Japan won in a penalty shootout.Japan is trying to become the 1st team to win the World Cup and Olympic titles in back-to-back years. The U.S. is vying for their 4th Olympic gold medal and 3rd straight. The final drew a crowd of 80,203 to Wembley Stadium, the largest ever to see a women’s soccer game at the Olympics. View results on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. fights for the ball against Japan’s Aya Sameshima. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

US, Japan women’s soccer teams battle for Olympic gold

The highly anticipated gold medal women’s soccer game between the U.S. and Japan has just concluded. The game is a rematch of last year’s World Cup final, which Japan won in a penalty shootout.

Japan is trying to become the 1st team to win the World Cup and Olympic titles in back-to-back years. The U.S. is vying for their 4th Olympic gold medal and 3rd straight.

The final drew a crowd of 80,203 to Wembley Stadium, the largest ever to see a women’s soccer game at the Olympics. View results on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. fights for the ball against Japan’s Aya Sameshima. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

Flash floods in Japan leave trail of destruction

NBC News:

An unprecedented 20 inches of rain descended on the town of Aso in southwestern Japan, inundating homes and rice paddies and killing at least 6 people. 20 people are still reportedly missing.

Images on local news reports showed cars being dragged into the raging rivers and houses destroyed by landslides. But by around noon time the rain had stopped, allowing for the clean up efforts to begin.

Photo: An aerial view shows firefighters searching among collapsed houses following a landslide caused by heavy rains in Minamiaso town on July 12, 2012. (Kyodo via Reuters)

Tokyo Sky Tree opens, becoming world’s tallest tower
The Daily Mail reports misty weather obscured some of the promised panoramic views from the tower’s observation decks. The Tokyo Sky Tree stands at 643 meters (nearly 2,100 feet).
More photos from The Daily Mail here.
Photo: EPA via dailymail.co.uk

Tokyo Sky Tree opens, becoming world’s tallest tower

The Daily Mail reports misty weather obscured some of the promised panoramic views from the tower’s observation decks. The Tokyo Sky Tree stands at 643 meters (nearly 2,100 feet).

More photos from The Daily Mail here.

Photo: EPA via dailymail.co.uk