Pink coffin is draped in Irish flag as Nicola Furlong's body arrives home from Japan
News On Japan via irishcentral.com -- Jun 02
A heartbroken Wexford family have welcomed their murdered daughter home from Japan, her pink coffin draped in the Irish tricolour. Nicola Furlong's remains arrived at the family home in the village of Curracloe on Thursday night as two Americans arrested for her murder await a possible death sentence in Tokyo.
The 21-year-old exchange student was due to return from the Far East in July.
Instead her family brought her coffin home from Dublin Airport via a Gorey funeral home on Thursday.
Neighbors and friends tried to console her parents as local curate Dr Jim Fitzpatrick received the body as hundreds lined the road leading to the Furlong household.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )