Police said Monday that the body of a newborn baby girl was discovered in a field in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday.
According to police, the body was discovered at around 11 a.m. on a patch of disused land by a worker cutting grass. TBS quoted police as saying the infant was wrapped in a bath towel with her umbilical cord still attached. The grass obscuring the body was around a meter tall, investigators said.
Land prices in Japan for this year fell 0.4 pct on average from the previous year, dropping for the seventh straight year but at a slower pace than the previous year's 0.7 pct, the government said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week confirmed that a body discovered buried in a cemetery in Kanagawa Prefecture is that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing two years ago. Police are now attempting to locate her son, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
Japan's traditional kendama ball-and-cup toy has been reborn as a new sport and is attracting attention around the world. Professional players demonstrate their highly sophisticated techniques on Internet video sites, and a world championship event was held last year featuring the first monetary prizes to be awarded for kendama in Japan. (The Japan News)