Japanese department store chain sees Y500 mil damage in China riots
News On Japan via Japan Today -- Sep 28
A Japanese department store chain said Thursday it suffered 500 million yen worth of damage at three shops in China when violent protests erupted this month over a disputed island chain.
Heiwado president Hirakazu Natsuhara told reporters that mobs had wrecked the buildings in southwest Hunan Province and stolen stock, putting the total cost of the losses at 500 million yen, according to broadcaster NHK.
The estimate could more than double to 1.3 billion yen, if the three stores were to remain closed until Dec 1, he added, according to NHK.
Multiple news outlets over the weekend reported on the arrest of a 28-year-old male for operating a prostitution ring employing underage females. Glaringly absent from the articles is that the suspect, Naotake Fukayama, did not profit from the transactions monetarily; instead, he brokered the deals in exchange for erotic pictures. (Tokyo Reporter)
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 )