September 21, Tuesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has harvested rice at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, as part of an annual event. The Emperor reaped 20 plants with a sickle on Tuesday. He had planted two varieties of rice in the roughly 240-square-meter paddy in May.
2.Twin giant panda cubs born at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo are almost three months old and thriving. The twins, a male and a female, were born on June 23.
3. An NHK survey has found that there have been more than 40 cases of soil mound collapses across Japan in the past 24 years. NHK conducted the survey with municipalities across the nation this month, following a deadly mudslide in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, that killed 26 people in July.