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Five white lion cubs make debut at Himeji zoo

Visitors to a zoo in western Japan are now being treated to the view of little white felines shoving each other, playing together or just lolling around.

The 5 white lion cubs were born last month and have now made their public debut at the Himeji Central Park in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture.

A lioness gave birth to twins on June 26th and another had triplets 4 days later.

Each cub weighed about 2 kilograms at birth. They have grown to about 3 kilograms in 3 weeks. Keepers feed them with milk 5 times a day.

Peach rising above rival budget carriers

Since the debut of three domestic low-cost carriers last year, Peach Aviation has been cruising along with a steadily increasing number of passengers, while fellow LCCs Jetstar Japan and AirAsia Japan have been buffeted by unfavorable business conditions.

Peach Aviation, an All Nippon Airways Holdings-backed carrier based at Kansai Airport, was the first of the three domestic LCCs to start operations last year, launching in March 2012. Its average seat occupancy rate hovers around 80 percent, far above the 70 percent said to be the profitable line.

The carrier has attracted passengers thanks to such factors as Kansai Airport being open 24 hours a day and the opening of a new terminal in October last year for exclusive use by budget carriers.

This October, Peach Aviation plans to offer flights between Narita and Kansai airports, its first service route to the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Travel Japan via a Google Street View movie

Check out the special Google Street View movie that you can watch from the source link, where it boasts of footage across Japan, starting from the most northern tip of mainland Japan all the way down to the south.

This movie was made possible thanks to a group who call themselves “takram”, where it relies on an altered Google Street View tool named Hyperlapse. It is through Hyperlapse that a trip across Japan is completed, and the completed product has been divided into several sections so that you can zero in on the area that you are interested in.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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