Battleship Island (aka Gunkanjima aka Hashima Island), the deserted city lair of James Bond villain Silva in Skyfall will no longer be a mystery to the world thanks to the Street View team's Trekker backpack device.
The mapping expedition took roughly two hours to complete using the 42-pound Trekker backpack which contains a 15-camera array that records images every 2.5 seconds, giving the wearer a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding terrain.
Seventy seated Buddhist monks intoned "nenbutsu" prayers and "wasan" hymns while swaying their bodies in unison during the annual memorial service at the famed Higashi-Honganji temple in Shimogyo Ward here on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested more than a dozen suspects, including one organized crime member, as a part of an ongoing health insurance fraud investigation that now includes comedians affiliated with a major entertainment agency, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 28). (Tokyo Reporter)
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)
Government figures show a sharp and continuous fall-off in the number of farmers over the past five years that potentially threatens the landscape as its stewards leave the sector and are not replaced. (Japan Times)