Staff in charge of animal breeding at the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, are having many sleepless nights this summer due to concern for a greater flamingo that escaped from the zoo on July 18.
Asahiyama rivals Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens in terms of the number of visitors, as the Hokkaido zoo is famous for displaying animals in ways that allow visitors to see them in very natural habitats.
The bird has now evaded capture three times and it apparently has regained its wild instincts and flown across large parts of Hokkaido.
Zoo officials were forced to report the bird as "lost property" to police.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)