Japan to launch large-scale fire ant control measures

The measures were adopted at a liaison meeting after fire ants were discovered mainly at ports across the country. The government hopes to prevent the species from taking hold.

The government is considering placing hundreds of thousands of insecticide units across 68 ports across the country.

Fire ants were first found in a container in Amagasaki in Hyogo Prefecture in late May and later detected in Tokyo, Aichi, and Osaka prefectures.

As queen ants were found at the Osaka and Kobe ports, the Environment Ministry is concerned that the species may become established in Japan.

The Tokyo metropolitan government-backed “Jisa Biz” campaign to promote staggered work hours began on Tuesday, aimed at easing the morning rush on commuter trains in the most populated part of Japan. (Jiji)

The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found. (Japan Times)

Education ministry panel approves private-sector English testing for university entrance (Japan Times)

Three male students attending Takushoku University Koryo Senior High School in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, have been arrested for allegedly forcing a female acquaintance into prostitution, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Japan will be holding talks on a Pacific Rim trade initiative rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump beginning Wednesday in the mountain resort town of Hakone, west of Tokyo. (Japan Today)

Prices of saury, a taste of Japanese autumn, ranged from 400 yen to 1,900 yen per fish, mostly less than half the prices of last year, in this year’s first auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on Monday. (Jiji)

A strong earthquake has struck Kagoshima prefecture in southwestern Japan.

The death toll from the record rainfall in northern Kyushu has reached 25, with dozens still unaccounted for. (NHK)

Japan’s potato supply is rebounding — with wholesale and retail prices falling — thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring.

In many ways, Japan is a drinker’s paradise. Japanese society is extremely accepting of alcohol consumption, to the point where you can enjoy adult beverages not just at bars and cafes, but even many fast food restaurants. Then there are the all-you-can-drink deals, some of which are amazingly cheap. (Japan Today)

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