Panda cub Xiang Xiang adding weight and getting longer, checkup on 110th day shows

During a checkup Saturday marking the 110th day since the cub was born, Xiang Xiang, the name chosen last week from more than 320,000 suggestions, was 68 cm long and weighed 6.9 kg. It was 65 cm long on Sept. 20.

A maxillary molar, which helps the panda crush bamboo stems, was also confirmed to have started growing along with other canine teeth, the Tokyo-based zoo said.

The cub also appears able to visually follow the movements of her keepers.

Xiang Xiang “looks straight ahead when she is walking and is probably able to see things” almost perfectly, Mikako Kaneko, a zoo official, said.

Xiang Xiang, the female giant panda born in June at Japan’s oldest zoo, is growing well and has added 900 grams in 10 days, Ueno Zoo said Sunday. (Japan Times)

Many Japanese companies, including parcel delivery firms and food product makers, will raise prices on Sunday chiefly to cover spiraling material procurement and labor costs. (Jiji)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have apprehended a 60-year-old man after a standoff in which he wielded a knife inside a residence in Yamato City left his former wife, 51, slightly injured, reports the Sankei Shimbun (

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man for intimidating students commuting to school near his residence with a doll made of pine needles, reports TV Asahi (

Police have arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a homeless man in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday morning. (Japan Today)

The governors of Tokyo and Osaka have agreed to cooperate in the upcoming Lower House election. (NHK)

More married women are entering the workforce — even those whose husbands are high earners — apparently because they want to, the labor ministry said Friday. (Japan Times)

Geisha performers and apprentices held a kyomai traditional dance rehearsal Friday for the annual Onshukai event put on by the Inoue school in Kyoto. (Kyodo)

With higher costs weighing on the conveyor-belt sushi restaurant industry, Akindo Sushiro and Genki Sushi aim through their merger to leverage greater scale to negotiate better prices for quality fish. (Nikkei)

Hyogo Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of two corpses inside a burned-out vehicle in Kato City on Friday, reports Mainichi Broadcasting System. (

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