Police and motorists in Shiojiri and Matsumoto cities in Nagano Prefecture had to deal with nearly a half an hour of dead traffic lights on Aug 28. The cause of this menace was none other than mankind's greatest airborne threat - bird droppings.
According to the Nagano branch of the Chubu Electric Power Company, a large number of birds had been defecating on an insulator in the Idegawa Substation in Matsumoto. The pile of crap got so huge that it dripped down a meter length of the insulator and caused a short triggering an automatic shutdown.
From 9:35 p.m., traffic police were on hand to manage intersections on major highways. Luckily no damage was reported from the signal blackout.
Delegates from 12 countries taking part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact Saturday morning here decided to extend the talks for another day through Sunday, aiming to reach a broad agreement in three areas, including biopharmaceuticals. (The Japan News)
For the second time in a week, Bangladesh's government on Sunday rejected a claim by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for gunning down a foreigner in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
Police arrested a former maintenance worker for Schindler Elevator KK on Saturday on suspicion of deliberately stopping one of the company's elevators near Tokyo and obstructing the company's business. (Japan Today)
A strong low-pressure storm with heavy winds and rains hit Japan from Thursday night to Friday, causing injuries, transportation disruptions, evacuations, blackouts and school closures mainly in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (Japan Today)