Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!
Sky Bacteria Brings Natto Smell Down to Earth: Science once again comes to the rescue by offering a solution to those who find the infamous Japanese dish natto unpalatable. An airborne bacteria from China might give natto more nutrition and less stank. I’m a bit skeptical; not because I don’t think natto could ever be palatable, but because I’m hesitant to try an airborne bacteria from “clouds of yellow dust” in China. Thank you, but no.
Over 100 poisonous spiders found : There’s a lot of scary news out there nowadays — the abysmal global economy, the threat of natural disasters, and ever-present crime. But nothing, nothing is more terrifying than the discovery of over 100 venomous spiders. If you’ll need me, I’ll be locked in an empty room with a can of bug spray and a fly swatter. [via News On Japan]
Why does this Japanese woman send more tweets to Pres. Obama than anyone else in the world?: You’d think that US President Barack Obama would get his fair share of spam on Twitter from political enemies and Horse_ebooks, but apparently the person who tweets @BarackObama the most is a Japanese woman concerned about a free trade agreement. She’s certainly inspired me to tweet at the Japanese Prime Minister to dub Hard Gay a Living National Treasure.