New redback spider attack sends Fukuoka man to the hospital
News On Japan via Japan Daily Press -- Jan 24
The Fukuoka Municipal Government announced on Tuesday that a man in his 30s who was rushed to the hospital on January 21 was believed to have been bitten by the redback spider that has been frequently sighted in the prefecture and other areas in western Japan.
According to the municipal government's health department, around 12:31 p.m. Monday, the man bought a canned coffee from a vending machine near a parking lot in Maizuru Park in Fukuoka's Chuo ward. As he pulled his hand out from the vending machine slot, the spider crawled up through his sleeves and bit him in the arm. He called for an ambulance two hours later because of acute pain and nausea.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )