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Japan emperor to step down?

Japan’s 82-year-old Emperor Akihito on Monday indicated his readiness to abdicate, voicing concern in a rare video message to the public that he could one day become unable to fulfill his role as the symbol of the state because of his age.

Honeybees, unlike hornets, seldom sting people. Since honeybees are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and susceptible to mites and pesticides, they are having difficulty surviving in the countryside. Ginza is a surprisingly suitable environment. Even though Tokyo’s air is polluted with exhaust fumes, it’s not fumes but pesticide that is now the leading threat to honeybees. A bee’s life span is only about a month, whatever toxins they might get from the air don’t accumulate to any great extent in their bodies. Honeybees only fly in the sky for a week to 10 days, and they spend the rest of their lives cleaning their hives, according to a veteran beekeeper.

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The most expensive commercial district in Tokyo, Ginza, is world-famous for luxury shopping and dining, and far from the country image of nature with business buildings, shops and restaurants dominating the landscape.

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