Ibaraki Airport, which once faced a murky future with just a handful of flights a day, had been successfully drawing visitors, with a restaurant offering a close-up view of planes, an observation deck and shops featuring local agricultural products.
When the airport opened in March 2010, it had no regular flights to and from other domestic airports. Now the airport is developing into one of the main tourist spots in Ibaraki Prefecture, especially for families.
As of Jan. 27, the number of visitors to the facility has already topped 1 million this fiscal year, the first time since its opening.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police in November announced the bust of a studio for allowing photography of school girls in seductive poses. According to Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 19), the trade in illicit private photography is varied, with office ladies among those in the biz. (Tokyo Reporter)
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested four individuals in Ebina, in connection with a robbery case in which a pregnant woman on her way home was struck in the face and robbed of approximately 100,000 yen in cash. (Japan Today )
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. (abcnews.go.com )