This is the Japan Daily Press‘ weekend recap for week 31 of 2012, covering all the news and events from Sunday, July 29th, through Saturday, August 4th. Have a look for some easy to find links to the news you find most interesting. If you like what you see here on our site, or you’d like to get in touch with us other than usual comments system, you can connect with us on our Facebook page, as well as on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!
There were lots of updates about the London Olympics this week, so here’s a quick run-down of the most popular events:
In other, non-sporting related news, a Japan Airlines flight on its way to New York was told to turn back and return to Narita airport after the airline received a bomb threat. Two men on death row were executed on Friday, bringing the total to five in Japan since the beginning of this year. A man suffering from Asperger syndrome was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence, for the murder of his sister. The judge ruled there was no system in place to take care of him, and it would be best for society if he was kept away.
The Wonder Fest convention in Tokyo saw the debut of Kuratas, a 4 meter (13 feet) tall, 4.5 ton (9,900 pounds) mech that can be either piloted from a cockpit or controlled from your iPhone, all for the price of $1.35 million. And in entertainment, the K-pop group T-ARA has really upset its Japanese fans, as it has been discovered that member Hwayoung was forced to quit after being bullied from the other members.