Here is a brief recap of the most important stories from The Japan Daily Press over the last week, Monday, June 11th, to Friday, June 15th. If you’re looking for some handy links to get you caught up on what you might have missed, you’ve come to the right place.
– You might have already heard by now, but the most important news going on in Japan right now is about the capture and arrest of the last Aum Shinrikyo cult member, Katsuya Takahashi. He was on the run for the last 17 years, wanted for his involvement in the cult’s 1995 attack on the Tokyo subway system.
– There were a few more developments about Prime Minister Noda’s decision to restart two of Japan’s nuclear reactors. A panel of scientist gave their approval of the measures taken by the government to ensure the safety of the Oi, Fukui Prefecture nuclear plant. After which, the mayor of Oi stated that he would also give his approval on the restart to Noda, making him the last opposing local leader to change their stance. At the local meeting, where the scientists and leaders were presenting their decision to the public, the police were called in to remove the few residents who chose to speak up and question if the panel could really accept responsibility for everyone’s safety.
– Cynthia Ruble’s excellent column takes a look at the state of foster homes in Japan, and what happens to the children who must grow up in them.
– The funeral ceremony was held on Thursday for Prince Tomohito. In addition to Prime Minster Noda and the Prince’s daughters, another 700 people were in attendance.
– A disaster victim from Sendai who lost his 2 year old daughter in the tragic tsunami last march has been chosen to be a torch bearer for this year’s London Olympics.
– Freelance Journalist Takashi Uesugi’s reporting on the events of the Fukushima disaster and the government’s knowledge about radiation levels have been called into question. While he claims the government has done all it can to keep things covered up, how much of the real facts has Uesugi himself brushed over?
– Out of the top 10 most expensive cities to live in, Tokyo not only took the top place, but Osaka and Nagoya made the list too!
– 20 soldiers from Japan’s Self Defense Force (SDF) marched through Tokyo neighborhoods in full uniform as part of a training exercise.
– A Japanese-Chinese consortium of investors has officially purchased Sweden’s bankrupt auto maker Saab.
– For the first time in Japan, a 6 year old boy was declared as brain dead and his organs were used for donations.
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