2 deaths at home for elderly attributed to E. coli infection
News On Japan via Japan Today -- Aug 16
A report has concluded that the deaths of two elderly people at a home for the elderly in Sapporo were due to Escherichia coli (E. coli) 0157 infection.
The deaths sparked an investigation after which it was concluded that they had been caused by E. coli originating from Chinese cabbage traced back to a Sapporo-based company named Iwai Shokuhin, TV Asahi reported Wednesday.
On Tuesday, city authorities ordered the company to cease operations while they tracked the Chinese cabbage that had been distributed so far, but the company had reportedly already opted to cease trading on Aug 11.
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )