The Lake Biwa Museum, Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, announced on February 10 that a large cylindrical tank displaying a giant Lake Biwa catfish had cracked. It stated the aquarium exhibition room would be closed during the investigation of the cause and the safety confirmation of other tanks' condition.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.