Welcome to another recap, this one for week 29 of 2012. We’ll provide with a quick and easy overview of some highlighted stories from Sunday, July 15th, to Sunday, July 21st. Take a look why don’t you? If you like what you’ve seen, please give us a ‘like’ on our Facebook. Or if you’d like to follow us for further news and editorials on Japan, you can find us Twitter, or even download our free app for Android. We do have an iOS app in the works, and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready!
We’ve got a new column from Ewdison titled “Simply Craving,” where he takes a look at one of his favorite local eateries and shares his thoughts. I can also personally vouch for Cafe & Kitchen DooLittle, so if you’re in Nagoya, be sure to give it a try. Masao also sheds light on how Japan’s newly formed Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meant to prevent the mismanagement and incompetency that lead to the March 2011 disaster at Fukushima, will be anything but independent and unbiased.
The most significant news this week was that the people of Japan gathered to form one of the nation’s largest public rallies in its history. Over 170,000 people gathered in unison at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park to protest the government’s reactivation of a nuclear plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture. While the widespread flooding and rainfall in Kyushu has finally subsided, it certainly didn’t look like that would be the case at the beginning of the week. Troops from Japan’s Self-Defense Force airlifted food and water supplies to those who were cut off, as well as begin the search for those missing or dead. As for the terrible bullying case that drove a 13 year old to suicide in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, the city’s government has finally reversed its stance and admitted to there being a connection to the boy’s abuse at school and his death. After numerous requests from the boy’s father, the police are now questioning the three boys accused of the bullying in regard to a criminal investigation.
In what can only be seen as an insult, Nadeshiko Japan, the Japanese national women’s team, and the world champions, mind you, after winning last year’s World Cup, were flown to London for next week’s Olympics in economy class while the players of the men’s team were treated to first class! The government’s Ministry of Health approved of an initiative that will see stem cells gathered from blood banks that have umbilical cord blood, with the hopes of building a stock that can be used in regenerative medicine. Four employees of a magazine publisher were arrested after continuing to sell their magazine bundled with DVD-copying software, despite being warned last year. And despite last week’s announcement of Ozawa‘s new political party, roughly 80% of Japan’s voting population feel that he will have little impact on the country’s political realm.
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