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In Japan, Signs Suggest Mass Execution Might Occur

Japan sentenced 13 Aum Shinrikyo members to die for sarin, other attacks

(Newser) - Japan may be readying itself for a mass hanging. The Guardian reports that signs suggest the long-awaited executions of the doomsday cult members behind the infamous 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may soon come to pass. The two big indications: It reports the country typically holds... More »

Mixup in Denver Sends Dog on Global Adventure

Irgo was supposed to fly to Kansas with his human family, but he ended up in Japan

(Newser) - A dog who was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. The 10-year-old German shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan, the AP reports. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United... More »

Trump's 'Bowling Ball Test' Causes a Lot of Confusion

White House insists he was joking about Japan practice on American autos

(Newser) - President Trump regaled political donors this week with a strange story about a "bowling ball test" that he says Japan uses to unfairly block imports of American cars. "That’s where they take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on... More »

Fukushima's Water Issue Is Growing. The Ice Wall Isn't Enough

Experts: It's working, but other methods are also needed to keep groundwater around plant clean

(Newser) - A government-commissioned group of experts concluded Wednesday that a costly underground ice wall is only partially effective in reducing the ever-growing amount of contaminated water at Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., says the ice wall has helped reduce the radioactive water... More »

Coke's Newest Offering Has Booze in It

But you'll have to go to Japan to sample Chu-Hi

(Newser) - Coke: the pause that intoxicates. At least in Japan, where the Coca-Cola Co. will now offer a boozy carbonated beverage called Chu-Hi. The Telegraph reports this "alcopop" will be made up of fizzy water, flavoring, and a distilled Japanese alcohol called shochu, which Forbes has described as "the... More »

Japan Arrested US Tourist, Then Found a Severed Head

27-year-old woman was captured on video entering a building, but not exiting

(Newser) - A New Yorker who arrived in Japan in January to see the country has been in custody since Thursday, originally accused of confining a 27-year-old Japanese woman in an apartment. Now, a gruesome twist: That woman's head was on Saturday found in another apartment tied to Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar.... More »

After the Race Came the Real Sportsmanship

Japanese speedskater consoles South Korean rival after beating her in 500-meter race

(Newser) - To the victor goes the gold, but to the heartbroken second-place finisher in Pyeongchang's women's speedskating race went the grand gesture. Japan's Nao Kodaira clocked in at 36.94 seconds in the 500-meter race on Sunday—good enough for her first gold medal, her country's second... More »

NBC Backpedals Over Analyst's Japan Controversy

Analyst praised former occupier Japan as an example for Koreans

(Newser) - NBC continues to suffer fallout from its coverage of the opening ceremony in the Pyeongchang Olympics, with the network issuing an apology on behalf of an analyst who sparked controversy by praising Japan. Joshua Cooper Ramo on Friday called Japan "a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945,... More »

Grade School's Armani Uniforms Are a Mere $730

Japan grade school causes a ruckus with ritzy new duds

(Newser) - A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school fees are already burdening young parents. Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo's upscale Ginza shopping district has announced plans to introduce the new uniform option, which costs more than $730 for... More »

Japanese Princess Delays Wedding, Cites 'Immaturity'

Mako's much anticipated wedding to a commoner gets pushed back to at least 2020

(Newser) - Japan's Princess Mako will remain a princess a little longer: The emperor's granddaughter, who announced last year that she planned to marry a commoner, is delaying that union, reports Reuters . Unlike certain other royals planning to marry commoners , Mako must rescind her royal status when she marries Kei... More »

In This Cafe, Your Barista Is a Robot

Japan's Henna Cafe debuts Sawyer the robot to brew your coffee

(Newser) - Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo's downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop's name in Japanese means "strange cafe," reports the... More »

Craving a Banana Peel? Japan Has the Perfect Fruit

Peel from Japan's Monchee banana has texture like 'lettuce' and a slightly bitter taste

(Newser) - About the only thing banana peels were good for up to this point were comedy pratfalls and composting. A farm in Japan appears to have changed that, producing a banana with a tasty edible peel thanks to what Quartz labels a "bizarre method of production." The technique used... More »

1 Killed, 16 Hurt in Eruption, Avalanche at Ski Resort

Flying rocks from Japan volcano hit gondola

(Newser) - At least 16 people skiing on the slopes of a volcano in central Japan were injured by flying rocks during a surprise eruption and a subsequent avalanche Tuesday, and one person later died. Six skiers, including the man who died, were among 30 Japanese soldiers who were participating in ski... More »

To Protect Deer, Train Will Sound Like Friend and Foe

New system for preventing train-deer collisions in Japan

(Newser) - The BBC reports officials once tried to keep deer away from trains by spraying railway tracks with lion poop. So a train that barks like a dog isn't the strangest idea ever. A team at Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute has developed a system to keep deer safe... More »

More Bodies Wash Up in Japan

Boat containing remains of 7 men found, with possible 8th body

(Newser) - There were clues as to the men's origins: a cigarette package bearing Korean words, a badge bearing the likenesses of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The signs point to North Korea, and to some tragedy at sea. Japanese police say the wooden boat found capsized and washed... More »

Now, a Missile-Alert Goof in Japan

Broadcaster NHK sent it out via its app

(Newser) - It's deja vu all over again. Following Saturday's erroneous alert of an incoming "ballistic missile threat" in Hawaii comes a similar gaffe from Japanese national broadcaster NHK. A message was sent out via the NHK app Tuesday that read: "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to... More »

Japanese City Issues Emergency Fugu Warning

Supermarket accidentally sold deadly liver

(Newser) - A Japanese city activated its emergency broadcast system Monday not for a missile alert, but for a warning about the country's deadliest delicacy. Emergency system loudspeakers in Gamagori, central Japan, warned residents that a supermarket had sold packages of fugu without removing the liver, one of the deadliest parts... More »

He Escaped Capture for Years. Then Facebook Saw His Tattoos

Shigeharu Shirai was arrested Wednesday in Thailand

(Newser) - A Japanese yakuza boss who's been a fugitive since allegedly committing a 2003 murder was done in by his extensive tattoos. The BBC reports Facebook photos of Shigeharu Shirai, variously reported as being 72 or 74, showed the frail and elderly man doing what frail and elderly men might... More »

Logan Paul Gets His First 'Strike' From YouTube

Star hears his fate for posting suicide video

(Newser) - After more than a week, YouTube has revealed the punishment star vlogger Logan Paul will receive for posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan . Paul, who laughed and joked about the dead man during the widely condemned video, will have his channels removed from the Google Preferred platform,... More »

Locked Away for 15 Years, 42-Pound Woman Found Dead

Her parents now face charges in Japan

(Newser) - For at least 15 years, Airi Kakimoto was confined to a 32-square-foot room without windows or heat, according to police. Her suffering would only be exposed with her death. Authorities in Japan say the 33-year-old was found dead in her parents' Neyagawa home on Saturday. She died days earlier around... More »

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