China orders retailers to stop selling 'Tokyo Big Bang' fireworks
calgaryherald.com -- Feb 11
Chinese authorities have ordered retailers to stop selling fireworks named "Tokyo Big Bang" because they could damage relations with Japan, an official with the fireworks' manufacturer said Thursday.
Relations between China and Japan have been tense lately as the two argued over who owns tiny islands in the East China Sea.
As a result, authorities have passed on the message that "China is a peace-loving country and we should not do something damaging to the China-Japan friendship," said a manager at the Beijing Doudou Fireworks Company, which manufactured the fireworks in question. He gave only his surname, Yang.
The name came from both patriotism and profit, he said.
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 is looking to build on its wildly successful all-girl group by adding a more mature member to its teen-dominated line-up, an advert released Wednesday said.
A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today )