The number of mountain climbers in Japan reported missing in 2012 hit a record high of 2,465, up 261 from the previous year and rising by nearly 50 pct over the past decade, police data showed Thursday.
Three-quarters of the total were aged 40 or over.
"As the mountaineering boom continues among middle-aged and older people, many climbers draw up challenging plans that do not suit their physical strength, make wrong judgments about weather conditions and head into the mountains underequipped," said an official from the National Police Agency, which compiled the data.
A zoo in southwestern Japan was forced to backpedal on its announcement Wednesday that it will name a baby Japanese monkey "Charlotte" in honor of the newborn British princess after protests that the move is disrespectful to the royal family. (Kyodo)
Japan launched a major push at the United Nations on Tuesday to rally support for its drive to settle lingering questions over the decades-old abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea. (zeenews)
For most parents the harrowing sound of a baby crying is one they could probably do without.
But for competitors at the 400-year-old Naki Zumo festival in Japan, the more sobs your little one can muster, the better. (dailymail.co.uk)
In the geisha quarters of Kyoto's Miyagawacho, training to become a maiko requires around 10 months. During that time, all the young trainees sleep and eat with their proprietress and senior geisha, who are called geiko in Kyoto. Trainees are immersed in what they must learn to work in the geisha quarters. (The Japan News)
A suicide attempt by a 33-year-old Korean male on Saturday lead Tokyo Metropolitan Police to the discovery of his girlfriend's body inside a hotel room in Minato Ward, reports the Asahi Shimbun (May 3). (Tokyo Reporter)