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!
Japan’s Number One Hostess Crowned in Hostess Election Event: I shouldn’t be surprised that Japanese hostesses have pageants, but somehow the idea of “Japan’s Number One Hostess” had never occured to me. I wonder if this is an elegant Miss America-type pageant where a crooner sings to the winner, or if a Japanese hostess pageant just tries to keep people there and buying drinks as long as possible.
New Head Priest of Controversial Yasukuni Shrine Appointed: A new head priest has been appointed to Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine, the Shinto shrine dedicated to Japan’s war dead. I’m sure the new priest’s time at Yasukuni will be quiet, uneventful, and completely uncontroversial.
Japanese Finance Minister: Government Should Let Old People ‘Hurry Up And Die’: With politicians, there are gaffes, and then there are gaffes. You can say something that might be misconstrued, or you can say something that’s so blatantly wrong or offensive that it’s a miracle if you stay in office. Telling the elderly to die quicker? Probably the latter. [via Reddit]
Book That Popularized Concept of “Hikikomori” Translated into English: In the last decade or so, the conept of hikikomori, or social outcasts who rarely, if ever, leave their homes, has been catapulted into popular culture. Now, the book that started it all is finally getting an English translation. Fortunately, with Amazon and two-day shipping, you won’t have to go outside to buy it.
Ever wanted a desktop background of Finance Minister and former Prime Minister Taro Aso fighting an old Japanese lady in a Mortal-Kombat-like scenario? Well, you’re in luck!
Our always awesome illustrator Aya whipped up a few wallpapers for a bunch of resolutions. Enjoy!