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!
the Nanking massacre never happened,” the 3/11 tsunami was “
divine punishment” for Japan, and that “
homosexuality is an abomination.” It’s unfortunate that Ishihara is focusing his efforts on national politics, as I’d hoped he’d be retiring to spend more time saying offensive things to his family. [via New York Times, Shisaku, Reddit]
73-year-old prostitute picked up (again) by police in Yokohama: Japan has long battled against 援助交際, or “compensated dating,” the practice of schoolgirl prostitution, but now it seems that the pendulum has swung in the other direction. A 73-year-old woman was picked up in Yokohama is reportedly the oldest person to be charged with prostitution in the area. I guess they don’t call it the world’s oldest profession for nothing.
WWII bomb defused: As an American, it’s strange to think about the weapons of World War II as a threat, but in lots of places around the world, including Japan, it’s still very real. This week, an unexploded bomb was found in downtown Tokyo; fortunately, the bomb was quickly desposed of and nobody was hurt. Initially, a robot was called in to defuse the bomb, but that was quickly stopped as it quickly became clear that the robot had gained sentience and harbored a deep hatred for humanity.
only immigrants can save Japan.” The official, Hidenori Sakanaka, went on to say “
There is no way for Japan to survive but to build a society of living with immigrants and hoisting a new flag: ‘Immigrants Welcome.’” Does this mean policy change in the future? Only time will tell.[via Reddit]