Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!
Photo by Pete BirkinshawJapan zoo says missing squirrel numbers no mystery: After a typhoon damaged a squirrel enclosure in a Tokyo zoo and the animals escaped, zoo keepers were concerned about getting all of the animals home safe and sound. Fortunately, that hasn’t proven a problem; more squirrels have returned to the zoo than zoo officials thought were lost in the first place. Let’s just say that rabbits aren’t the only ones who are good at multiplying.[via News On Japan]
Tokyo, Osaka ‘could share urban functions’: Controversial Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara is notorious for placing his foot squarely in his mouth, and this week the Honorable Ishihara declared that Tokyo and Osaka, two of Japan’s biggest cities, should just, y’know, merge together. I’m sure it’s an easy, practical thing to do. [via Reddit]
Photo by Eiichi KimuraGiant panda Shin Shin gives birth at Ueno Zoo; first cub born in 24 years: Sometime’s I think that it’s a miracle that pandas haven’t gone extinct yet. Not that I have anything against pandas (who could hate pandas), but they just seem like the most ill-equipped animals for survival ever. They have few natural defenses, a sweet disposition, and just don’t really like reproducing. How did they make it this long? [via Reddit]
Photos: Thousands Protest Nuclear Restart: Although Japan had a few weeks of being completely nuclear-free, on Sunday Japan restarted the Oi nuclear reactor in Fukui. It didn’t happen quietly though — thousands of protestors gathered outside of the Prime Minister’s house to say that they didn’t want any more nuclear power in Japan. It’s a battle that should continue to play out in the months and years to come.