We’re back from our winter break and at the start of 2012. Not only does this mean that I have to get used to writin 2012 instead of 2011, but it also means that our weekly news roundup is back! Here are some of the stories that caught our eyes during this past week:
16-year Aum fugitive mum on life on run: One of Japan’s most wanted, a man belonging to the infamous Aum cult that carried out the deadly sarin gas attack in Tokyo, turned himself in last week, ending a nearly 20-year-long manhunt.
This leaves two more Aum fugitives on the run, although it’s unclear if they’ll ever be brought to justice. [via The Japan Times]
Twitter meltdown as over 16,000 Tweets a second are made in Japan as people welcome New Year: We’ve already seen that the Japanese can push Twitter to the limit by breaking the record for Tweets per second during a Miyazaki movie, but they did it again at the stroke of midnight, January 1, 2012.
It’s somehow comforting to know that even in the new year, Twitter is still failing. [via The Telegraph]
Japan developing cyber weapon: report: While Japan’s constitution is famous for being the world’s first “pacifist” constitution, there’s apparently a a loophole for cyber warfare. The Japanese government is developing its own computer program to hunt down and neutralize cyber attacks.
Somehow, every single television show, movie, book, and video game ever made about autonomous computer programs hasn’t convinced the Japanese that this is a terrible, terrible idea. [via MSN]
Japan tuna sale smashes record: Last week, a Tokyo fish market set a new record for selling a single bluefin tuna for over $700,000. For somebody who usually settles for a 50¢ can of tuna from the grocery store, I think that they might have overpaid. [via BBC]
That wraps it up for this week in news, let me know in the comments if I might have missed any of your favorite stories from this last week!