Week 19 of 2012 has come to a close here at The Japan Daily Press. Here’s a look at some of the highlighted news posted from Monday, May 8th, through Friday, May 11th.
– Following the acquittal of politician Ichiro Ozawa, prosecution investigators were found to have altered and falsified records that were used as evidence in the case. The Democratic Party of Japan’s Secretary General then called for Ozawa’s reinstatement into the party after being found not guilty of the illegal lending of funds. Only days later the prosecuting lawyers announced their decision to file an appeal.
– Japan’s popular baseball export, Yu Darvish, had his 4 – 0 winning streak brought to an end when the Texas Rangers’ pitcher had his first MLG loss against the Ohio Indians.
– A tornado touched down in northern Japan’s Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, destroying almost 500 homes, leaving 40 people injured and one dead.
– The tea-cup that Lady Gaga used at a press conference in Tokyo last year was auctioned off for $75,000, with all proceeds going to charity for those recovering from last year’s earthquake and tsunami disasters.
– Sir John Major, the former Prime Minister of the U.K., will be honored with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest award given to foreign nationals, and is presented by Emperor Akihito.
– A long-lost WWII document was found that details the locations of hidden Japanese bunkers on the island of Iwojima. The government hopes it will help with the efforts of finding lost remains.
– Emperor Akihito’s daughter, the former Princess Nori, has taken on the role of a priestess at Japan’s Ise Shrine.
– An Olympic committee has made the decision to reject comedian Neko Hiroshi’s entrance in representation of Cambodia. The former Japanese national had changed his nationality in order to represent the Southeast Asian nation as a marathon runner.
– Ashley Thompson gives a detailed look at how to figure out seating charts on JR Express Trains, making travel plans around Japan that much easier.
– South Korea and Japan sign their first ever cooperative agreement since 1945. The two nations have partnered up on issues of military defense.
– Just after the naming of the new president for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Japanese government confirmed its investment of 1 trillion yen into the utility company, effectively making it a state-run organization.
– Japan’s mobile provider Softbank announced a new venture partnership with Paypal. The two will be working together to bring a new e-payment system to iPhone users.
– The Japanese vice-consul in San Francisco was arrested on charges of domestic abuse committed against his wife. He has been released on bail, but prosecutors have confirmed he has not been granted immunity on such personal matters.
– Mobile game networks Gree and DeNA saw their share values plummet after the announcement that their key game mechanism for making money was seen as illegal gambling. Gree CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka personally lost over $700 million in one day.
– For the first appearance outside of the U.S., the Harry Potter theme park attraction will coming to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.
– A novelty product company attempts to raise awareness of the need to conserve power this summer with the tongue-in-cheek reveal of an ice bra for women.
– Pioneer shows off its new windshield display GPS system. With a small, transparent plate that flips down from over head, drivers can see turn-by-turn navigation information projected in front of them.
– The small coastal down made famous in a documentary revealing the yearly slaughter dolphins has announced its intentions to construct a marine park with the hunted animals.
– Local governments get together to discuss ways of educating residents on the importance of accepting debris from northern Japan’s natural disaster.
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