The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A sharp decline in the number of butterflies in satochi-satoyama, or areas such as fields, rice paddies and forests in close proximity to human settlements, has been noted in a recently released survey. Out of 87 species of butterfly, about 40% were shown to be rapidly decreasing in number. 

STOCKHOLM (The Japan News/ANN) - Those who used to work under Asahi Kasei Corp. honorary fellow Akira Yoshino felt a new sense of joy at their former boss receiving this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of lithium-ion batteries, believing the recognition is the result of the effort made as “Team Yoshino.”

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) -  “I definitely want to achieve it under my own initiative” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressing a strong desire to realise constitutional amendment by September 2021, when his term as president of the Liberal Democratic Party ends.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japan Coast Guard plans to launch 12 large patrol vessels by the end of fiscal 2023, and nine of them will be deployed to Kago-shima and Okinawa prefectures to strengthen security in the waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

TEHRAN, Afghanistan (The Japan News/ANN) - Police have detained four people in connection with the killing of Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura in Afghanistan last week, senior police officers in the country’s Nangarhar Province said Monday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Three wooden buildings made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) were unveiled in the Harumi district of Chuo Ward, Tokyo, in a preview event as part of a Mitsubishi Estate Co. project to promote the usage of sustainable architectural materials as well as domestic timber. The area will open on Saturday and is located close to the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Negotiations between the Shizuoka prefectural government and Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) over the construction of a tunnel for the linear Chuo Shinkansen line are becoming more and more tangled.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Akira Yoshino, 71, an honorary fellow of Asahi Kasei Corp. will attend the awards ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The third and final installment of a series on the technology giants referred to as GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) and their vast influence on society.

ISHIKAWA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Junior high school students dressed as miko shrine maidens throw omikuji fortune-telling slips high in the air at Keta Taisha shrine in Hakui, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.