Japan zoo reveals gender of star panda

TOKYO - The baby panda, who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan, is a girl. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday the panda, born June 12, was ruled a female by examining experts. The still nameless cub has been doing well, drinking mother ShinShin's milk. ( read original story ...)

Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34

A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her battle with cancer has died of the disease. Mao Kobayashi, who was named one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2016, died late on Thursday at home in Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)

Japan eyes bigger bite of China’s rice market

TOKYO -- With Sino-Japanese relations showing signs of warming, Tokyo is working to persuade Beijing to accept more Japanese rice in hopes of giving domestic farmers greater access to a market hungry for high-quality imports. Toshihiro Nikai, secretary ... ( read original story ...)