Ueno’s giant panda cub now pulls to stand

Xiang Xiang, who was 120 days old the previous day, is growing molar teeth and is biting bamboo and fences in her room, the zoo in Taito Ward said, adding that the cub can now walk a wider area on her four legs and is able to stand on her hind legs, hanging onto fences with her front paws for support.

The zoo also said the baby panda weighed 7.7 kilograms and was 69.8 centimeters long on Tuesday. Pandas usually have black hair on their legs, but Xiang Xiang has distinctive white hairs, it pointed out.

The zoo is expected to allow public viewing of Xiang Xiang as early as mid-December.

Japanese Defense Ministry officials say they’ve been notified by the US military that a CH-53 helicopter caught fire after it landed near the US military’s Northern Training Area on Okinawa island late Wednesday afternoon. (NHK)

A female giant panda cub born in June is growing up healthily and can pull to stand on her hind legs, Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Wednesday. (Jiji)

The Nikkei’s rally comes despite a big scandal enveloping Japan’s third-biggest steel maker, Kobe Steel. (theguardian.com)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have re-arrested a 29-year-old man in the robbery of a male taxi driver, a crime the suspect says he committed to cover the cost of an abortion, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

A scandal involving falsified data on Kobe Steel products may be worse than first believed. (NHK)

The alert level for Mt Shinmoe, a volcano in Kyushu region, has been raised to 3 on a scale 5 after a small-scale eruption on Wednesday, the Japan Meterological Agency said. (Japan Today)

Police arrested a woman on Tuesday for alleged vandalism at a temple in central Japan, while also looking into her potential connection with graffiti at a nearby historic temple. (Japan Times)

Japan started Tuesday the nationwide distribution of vehicle registration number plates featuring the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to increase the country’s momentum toward the quadrennial international sports events. (Jiji)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show-of-force exercise as tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea continue to escalate. (washingtonexaminer.com)

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan and Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have visited an exhibition marking 150 years of diplomatic relations between the 2 countries. (NHK)

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