The temperatures in Japan are rapidly increasing, and that means summer has officially arrived. Take a few moments to cool down and catch up on some of the news from Sunday, July 1st, to Saturday, July 7th, week 27 of 2012. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to browse our news from your Android device while you’re on the go, be sure to take a look at our app on Google’s Play marketplace. We’re also on Twitter and Facebook for all your following and liking needs!
Some of the happiest news for those in Japan this week was that Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, the oldest in the country, had its first birth of a panda cub in 24 years! Also there as good news for photographer Ahn Se-hong and his controversial photo exhibit. The Nikon sponsored show has continued on since its opening was backed by a court order, and now its enjoying a better than expected visitor turnout. For those who love their convenience stores, towards the end of this summer they can look forward to home delivery from 7-Eleven! Check out the super-tiny electric one-seater they’ll be using to deliver your noodles and edamame.
From our editor’s voice this week, Cynthia explains that Japan’s aging populations still have a lot to offer, and could even make a significant contribution to the nation’s recovering economy. An economy, as it turns out, that could go completely broke by this October if the government doesn’t start cooperating to finance Japan’s deficit. On a lighter note, Ashley gives some great advice on how you can get around Japan on the cheap using various option of train travel. And I take a look at if sexually themed manga and pornographic magazines are too easily accessible for children.
The Japanese parliament’s independent probe into last year’s nuclear crisis at Fukushima has published its final report, stating the conclusion that the disaster was man-made and, in the end, could have been prevented. While the nation has restarted one of its nuclear power plants, there are large steps being made to move the country towards the use of renewable energy sources, as evidenced by Japan’s first off-shore wind farm to be completed in the next half-year. There was some very sad news out of Shiga Prefecture, where it was revealed that 13 year old student who had killed himself last October had been repeatedly bullied, so far as being forced to “practice” his own suicide, among other torments. But the worst fact might be that the boy even sought help from a teacher, yet nothing was done. At the International Whaling Commission this week, Japan led a handful of other countries in voting against the creation of a sanctuary in the Atlantic Ocean, and only a few days after, South Korea announced that it would begin whaling in the name of science, just as Japan does to get around the worldwide ban on the activity.
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