On the weekends here at The Japan Daily Press, we like to take a look back and highlight some of more important or popular stories from the last week, making it easy for you catch up anything you missed, and be ready for the upcoming week’s news. This marks the end of week 20, 2012. Below are some of the highlighted posts from Monday, May 14th, through Friday, May 18th. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you think we missed anything!
– Our guest columnist Ashley Thompson shows how you can make the best out of Japan’s quickly approaching rainy season with her Exploring Japan column.
– A Japanese research firm conducted a survey of an admittedly small number of gamers, and out of their responses determined that the nation of Japan has a declining interest in the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Wii U.
– A town in Kyoto has turned an adopted cat into a member of its local police force.
– We have an editorial that describes what’s up with Japan’s ubiquitous love hotels and takes a look at how they address Japan’s cultural needs (there’s pictures too!).
– The president of Japan’s top mobile service provider, NTT Docomo, has stated that the carrier has no intentions to sell the Apple iPhone in the coming year, but instead will continue to focus on smartphones with the Android operating system.
– Honda revealed a new vehicle for personal transportation in the form of an electric unicycle.
– Two Japanese whaling ships have departed for the Pacific Ocean in order to hunt and kill whales under the guise of “scientific research.”
– The single most expensive piece of jewelry in a Nagoya department store, a diamond rind worth more than $600,000, was stolen by two men who managed to just walk out of the store after requesting to see the item.
– A Japanese commercial rocket launched on Friday carrying four satellites into space; one of them from South Korea, making it the first time Japan has accepted spacecraft equipment from another country.
– In the ongoing story about Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara’s attempt to purchase the disputed Senkaku Islands, the owners of said islets have said they will move ahead with the deal.
– Gay-rights activists decried the actions of “Beat” Takeshi, the award-winning actor and director who made comments on national television comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality.
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