Panda cub ‘Xiang Xiang’ thriving
A four-month old giant panda cub born at a Tokyo zoo is in good health according to zoo official. They noted her vision seems to be improving as her eyes often follow zoo keepers.
They also say the cub is more sure-footed compared with 10 days ago and she could walk over a step about five centimeters high. The cub’s mother Shin Shin is also healthy. She was seen nursing and grooming Xiang Xiang.
Video shows three common myths people have about Japan
A video by YouTubers Rachel and Jun looks at three common mistaken beliefs people from other countries have about Japan. First they inform people in other countries that Japanese people are not free to dress up like lolitas or gyaru anywhere and anytime they like. After mentioning that Japanese food isn’t all healthy, they remind people in other countries that life in Japan is not very weird at all* .
not ~ at all*＝少しも～ない
North Korea’s “H-bomb tests” risk further sanctions
On January 6, North Korea announced that they had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in underground testing for the first time which they call the “H-Bomb of Justice.” Although seismic readings suggest a large explosion had occurred, it is believed to be the same intensity and in the same location as North Korea’s previous atomic bomb tests. Nevertheless, the UN Security Council said they will take action to strengthen sanctions on the country. Even North Korea’s biggest ally, China, has been angered by the move as they continue to struggle with a volatile Asian economy.