Here’s a recap of the posts from Monday, April 30th, to Friday, May 4th here at The Japan Daily Press. This is the end of Week 18, as well as the closing of the Golden Week holidays here in Japan. We saw the first post from our newest contributor, Ashley Thompson, in addition to our regular news coverage. Also, don’t forget to take a look at our new Android app, we made it just for you!
– Probably the biggest story this week was about the tragic tour bus accident in Gunma prefecture, which left seven passengers dead and 38 others injured. After taking the driver into custody, police seized all the records from the bus company’s office, and the transpiration ministry announced an audit of 200 bus operators in the nation to make sure laws and regulations were being followed. Unfortunately it was discovered that the company operating the bus in the accident was in violation of countless requirements.
– The second biggest story would have to be the Harley Davidson motorcycle that washed up on the shore of British Columbia, Canada, after being lost in the tsunami last year. Thankfully the owner was identified and is ok, and now the next step will be to determine if the rusted bike is to be returned.
– We took a look at the summer tradition of “Cool Biz” and what it really it shows about the hot summers in Japan as well as its necessity this year.
– While Ichiro Ozawa has been found not-guilty, Prime Minister Noda is still calling upon him to not interfere and try to stand in the way of tax increase discussions.
– The Tokyo Metropolitan Government began accepting donations for the purchase of the Senkaku Islands, and after only five days they’ve received and overwhelming amount of money. It looks like the public is in support of governor Ishihara’s proposal.
– The Ozawa prosecutors only have a limited amount of time before they must decide on whether or not to file an appeal. It seems as though it’s not such a clear-cut choice.
– Many elementary schools will be adjusting their start times on May 21st in honor of the solar eclipse.
– Golden Week tourism in the tsunami affected areas has ballooned this year. As people are eager to visit the areas once more, it could have large effect on the area’s recovery.
– Unfortunately there were two murders at the start of Golden Week this year. A man was stabbed to death in Aichi prefecture, and a young woman was found dead inside someone else’s apartment in Chiba prefecture.
– A Japanese man sentenced to serve two years in prison in the U.S. after being caught smuggling endangered turtles into the country. By hiding them in snack food boxes in his luggage, he brought them in to sell for a profit.
– Three Chinese Navy ships sailed through a strait off of Kagoshima prefecture, and then into the Pacific Ocean. While it was a rare occurrence, it didn’t set off any red flags. But now it seems there some Chinese ships appearing around the disputed Senkaku Islands. Could China be preparing to make a stand against their purchase by the Tokyo government?
– An interesting look at some of the numbers of foreigners living in Tokyo who left after last year’s disasters.
– Three live piranhas were found in a public stream in Kanagawa prefecture. While they relatively small, and no one was hurt, it still raised the question of where they came from.
– We took an in-depth look at the future of Japan’s bullet trains and why two locations are fighting over where the train line will pass through.
– Japan and South Korea jointly agreed that more pressure needs to be put on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons development.
– One 18 year old rugby player has become the youngest to play on Japan’s team, and he might become the youngest ever to participate in an upcoming championship match.
– A lost parakeet repeated its address to police in Tokyo and was safely returned as a result!
– One businessman in Miyagi prefecture is using his own company to help support the community and prevent his hometown from vanishing after being hit by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.
– Pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi will be leaving her country of Maynmar for the first time over 24 years to come to Japan and speak of the nation’s recent reforms.
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