Compared to the crazy amount of news last week, this week was fairly slow in terms of news. That being said, there were still five stories that caught my eye this week. Here are some of the highlights in this last week of news:
8 South Koreans arrested over alleged scheme to smuggle gold to Japan in their rectums: One of my favorite parts of writing for Tofugu is coming up with interesting, catchy headlines. Needless to say, I don’t think I will ever be able to beat this headline about gold butt-smugglers. A man can dream, though; a man can dream. [via ]
Shipping $36000 worth of Japanese candy: Last summer, we wrote about this cool candy delivery service out of Japan. Six months later, and Candy Japan has shipped more candy than I have eaten in my life. Think of all the cavities! [via Reddit]
Macho urinal game makes a splash in Japan: We covered Sega’s urinal-controlled video game Toirettsu when it was first announced, but since its release the game has taken off and become immensely popular. It appears that the Japanese have finally monetized one of the fundamental facts of life: guys love peeing on things. [via News on Japan]
Japan—How Bad is Japanese Immigration?: A little over a week ago, a Canadian journalist caused a bit of a stir when he posted his account of going through Japanese immigration. Our pal Hikosaemon gives a summary of the story and his analysis of the situation. As always, great insights from a man who knows a lot about Japan. [via Hikosaemon]
The Ramen Rater: Momofuku Ando Day January 19th, 2012: One of the most important figures in Japan in the last hundred years wasn’t a politician, celebrity, diplomat, or bureaucrat; he was Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen and founder of Nissin. Both Erin and myself have written a little bit about Mr. Ando and his wonderful ramen, but The Ramen Rater goes more in-depth and celebrates the life of Ando. [via The Ramen Rater]
That’s it for this week’s news. Did I miss an important story? Have something to say about the stories I chose? Tell me in the comments!