The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education released the list of 130 public schools that are currently facing corporal punishment cases. They also announced that 182 teachers and other employees were involved in instances where they punished students at 146 public elementary, junior high, senior high, and special schools in fiscal year 2012.
The children from the devastated town of Namie in Fukushima Prefecture were treated to a great experience as they made a visit to the tallest tower in the world, the Tokyo Skytree. Seventeen students from Namie Elementary School made the trip last April 26, a month before the first anniversary of the tower on May 22.
Police have arrested 57 year old Hiroshi Akai, a former Self-Defense Force member, for allegedly assaulting a man who was protesting against the regular anti-Korean demonstration in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. Officers say that Akai hurled himself at a 51 year old company employee after the demonstration on Sunday evening.
After news came out that Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy because she carried a faulty gene that would cause breast cancer, interest in the procedure as a preventive measure has increased. St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo said it's ready to conduct preventive mastectomy procedures for women who test positive in genetic screening for breast cancer.
Have you always wished for a store that will sell nothing but special, high-quality handkerchiefs for men? Well, if you live in Tokyo and are into this kind of specialized shopping, then your wish just came true because handkerchief-maker Old Fashioned just opened their store, "H Tokyo". This is part of the latest trend of so-called "geek brands" for men, where detail and craftsmanship overrides mass market luxury.
Some brands still do not understand the power of social media in this day and age. An Italian restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district learned this the hard way when they refused entry to a popular Japanese author who was in a wheelchair. Hirotada Ototake, a best-selling author who also suffers from a rare genetic syndrome, took to Twitter to name the restaurant that he feels discriminated against him.
A worrying phenomenon has been discovered in Tokyo river eels that have been caught by local residents living near the Edogawa River – the eels that they have been catching, and may have eaten at one time or another, have very high cesium levels, in most cases higher than the safe levels required by the Japanese government.
As hard as it is to believe, the Fast & Furious movie series will continue with a seventh installment in 2014. While the series is widely known its action, cars, and fast driving, the movies have also been filmed on location in various spots around the world over the years, and Vin Diesel, who not only serves as the star but also producer, has revealed that the seventh will be shot in Japan and the Middle East.
It was a bittersweet day for Tokyo FC as they came back from a goal down to beat Albirex Niigata 2-1 in the Nabisco Cup knockout phase on Wednesday. But the win was not enough for them to advance to the knockout phase of the league cup tournament where only the top two teams per group will go on to face the four Asian Champions League clubs -- Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vegalta Sendai, Urawa Reds and Kashiwa Reysol.
If you had to read the headline again, trust us, the story is really that confusing. The news item is about the Tokyo District Court ordering a Japanese celebrity couple to pay 3.85 million yen (around 37,500 US dollars) to their condominium's management as compensation for lost income. Takashi Sorimachi – actor and singer, famous for the live-action drama adaptation of the manga series Great Teacher Onizuka – and Nanako Matsushima, globally famous for her role in horror flick The Ring – were ordered by the court to pay the building administrators after their dog bit one of the residents.