Publisher to scrap series of stories on Osaka Mayor Hashimoto
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Oct 20
The publisher of major Japanese weekly Shukan Asahi said Friday it will stop running a series of articles on Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, after the first part covering his background drew a fierce protest from the outspoken politician.
Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc. released a statement by Daishi Kawabata, the weekly's editor-in-chief, saying, "We came to the final conclusion that the series of stories cannot be published as they included inappropriate descriptions."
The Japanese word "choju," meaning longevity, implies, with its kanji, joyous celebration of long life. Intrinsically, it is a joyful thing for people to live long. But if a society has many people who age in solitude, isolated from their families and local communities, it cannot be called choju. It should rather be called "roka shakai," or a society that weakens as it ages. (Yomiuri )
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has ended his official visit to Spain after a trip to a Christian pilgrimage site in the northwest. His visit marked the 400th anniversary of relations between the 2 countries. (NHK )
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday busted a transvestite in bar in Minami Ward for operating illegally. At 11:15 p.m., officers took Anna Ueda, 34, the manager of club Chu-, into custody for violating the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses after discovering two employees serving one customer alcohol and food. The club did not have a license to provide such services. (Tokyo Reporter)