This is the recap for week 22 of 2012, covering the stories from Monday, May 28th, to Friday, June 1st. Do you have an Android smartphone? Well, you should definitely check out our app on the Google marketplace, then you’ll be able to read the Japan Daily Press with ease from anywhere! You can also find us on Facebook! There was quite a few important stories this last week that you definitely don’t want to miss, so let’s just jump right in!
– This is, without a doubt, the top story of the week. And you don’t want to miss it. A male Japanese artist, wanting to be asexual, had his genitals removed. But it doesn’t end there, he went and cooked and served them to five “lucky” bidders who paid good money to eat them.
– On Friday afternoon, a 5.2 magnitude hit eastern Japan, giving Tokyo residents a decent shake.
– A 21 year old Irish student was found to have been strangled in a Shinjuku hotel room. It seems she and her friend joined two Americans after attending a Nicki Minaj concert in Tokyo. Minaj has publicly expressed her condolences, but also stated that the two young men were not dancers with her entourage.
– Noel Gallagher, of the legendary U.K. rock band Oasis, was in Japan touring with his own band, and he explains the crazy, chaotic welcome he received from Japanese fans.
– A select few members were taken into the Fukushima Daiichi plant by TEPCO and shown the building that housed the No. 4 nuclear reactor, damaged in last year’s tsunami.
– Our new contributing columnist, Cynthia Ruble, takes a look at the perseverance of the people of Japan, even during the hardest times imaginable.
– The now-famous tsunami motorcycle, swept out to sea by last year’s tsunami, and washed ashore on an island off of British Columbia, now has a new destination. The Japanese owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, has turned down Harley-Davidson’s offer to rebuild it, and instead requested that it be put on display at the company’s museum in Wisconsin.
– Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has pledged to share the nation’s technology with India, in order to work towards mutual benefit.
– The first Ritz-Carlton luxury resort has opened in Okinawa, Japan, marking the company one short of 80 resorts worldwide.
– Shortly after Tokyo investigators requested to speak with a Chinese diplomat, believing he had taken part in espionage and other illegal activities, without warning the suspected spy was send back to China.
– Ichiro Ozawa and Prime Minister Noda, both of the Democratic Party of Japan, continue to disagree on an important bill that would raise taxes.
– Ashley Thompson provides some great advice on how to prepare for your first trip to Tokyo.
– Nintendo was delighted to say that the first arrest for video game piracy took place last week, bringing an end to one man’s selling of a device that allowed pirated games to be used on the DS handheld system.
– The largest toilet in the world has been built in Chiba Prefecture, resulting in a glass box placed inside a lovely landscaped flower garden measuring 200 square meters.
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