Japanese travel agency JTB says a record number of people are planning to travel within Japan this summer.
The agency says more than 76-million people are expected to travel domestically for at least 2 days between July 15th and August 31st. That's up just over 2-percent from a year ago, and will be a record high for the period.
The company says Mount Fuji, recently chosen as a World Heritage site, is proving especially popular.
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 )