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Bears ravage high-end 'Nagano Purple' grapes

NAGANO, Sep 14 (News On Japan) - A black shadow appears in the grape vineyards of Sakajo Town in Nagano Prefecture. Its identity? A bear.

As if carefully selecting, the bear gazes up at the grapes, stands up, plucks a bunch, and starts devouring them with single-minded determination.

The target of these raids is the high-end variety "Nagano Purple," just about to be harvested. According to reports, the bears have been feasting on these delicacies at around 100 clusters daily, causing damage to approximately 30 percent of the grapes in this vineyard.

According to Nagano Prefecture's Wildlife Control Office, the number of bear sightings this year is nearly double compared to the same period last year.

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Demolition work on a nearly completed ten-story apartment building in Kunitachi, Tokyo, which obstructed the view of Mount Fuji, began last week, seeking to restore the once picturesque view from the 'Fujimidori' shopping street extending from JR Kunitachi Station.

Operations on the Tokaido Shinkansen between Nagoya and Hamamatsu stations remain suspended following a derailment involving a maintenance vehicle.

Japan experienced a scorching heatwave over the first weekend of summer vacation, with temperatures soaring from Okinawa to Hokkaido. Despite comprehensive heatstroke measures at festivals, numerous incidents were reported.

A junior high school girl drowned on Sunday while trying to save her younger sister at a beach in Saka Town, Hiroshima.

Tsutomu Shirosaki, a former member of the Japanese Red Army, who was serving time for his involvement in the 1986 attack on the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia, died on the 20th of July at the age of 76.



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