Female stork shot mistakenly by hunter in Shimane
Japan Today -- May 20
A female stork, a species designated as a special national treasure, was killed Friday as a hunter shot it by accident in Shimane Prefecture, police and a local education board said Friday.

According to the education board, one member of a local hunting group shot the stork, believing it was a heron.

The Unnan city education board confirmed that the 5-year-old stork had laid eggs in March and that four chicks have hatched so far. Since wild storks disappeared in 1971, this was only the second such hatching in the wild that was not part of an ongoing breeding project in and around Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.

Storks -- large black and white birds with long beaks, necks and legs -- have been breeding in the wild since 2007 around Toyooka, where a major stork rearing facility called the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork is located.

島根県雲南市で、国の天然記念物のコウノトリを猟友会の男性が誤って撃ち落としました。 市の教員委員会によりますと、19日午前10時ごろ、雲南市大東町でサギを駆除していた猟友会の男性が誤って国の天然物のコウノトリを散弾銃で撃ち落としたということです。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
Jul 24
Authorities ordered 26,000 residents of Akita Prefecture to evacuate their homes as record levels of torrential rain lashed northern Japan, triggering widespread flooding over the weekend. (Asahi)
Jul 24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, on Monday said he had never instructed officials to give preferential treatment to a long-time friend, adding that the latter had never sought favors. (Reuters)
Jul 24
Four bodies were found Sunday in a park in Onojo, Fukuoka Prefecture, with the police saying the people, likely a family reported missing, died in an apparent murder-suicide. (Japan Today)
Jul 24
The giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo is growing steadily and starting to open her eyes. (NHK)
Jul 23
Images captured by an underwater robot on Saturday showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. (washingtonpost.com)
Jul 22
Hornets have stung a group of more than 20 kindergarten children in Tokyo. The victims have been rushed to hospital. (NHK)
Jul 22
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have re-arrested a 39-year-old for allegedly dumping the bodies of two Chinese sisters, found in suitcases in a mountainous area in Hadano City earlier this month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 22
Dozens of venomous fire ants have been found at Hakata port, the Environment Ministry said, marking the first detection of the invasive species in Kyushu. (Japan Times)
Jul 22
The Japanese infrastructure ministry plans to consider removing the expressway over Tokyo's landmark Nihonbashi Bridge, in a bid to improve the landscape, it was learned on Friday. (Jiji)
Jul 22
Yokozuna sumo grand champion Hakuho set a new record on Friday by earning the 1,048th win in his professional career in the Japanese national sport. (Jiji)