The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare this week tightened Japan's drug control laws to ban the production and sale of 17 substances that are similar in chemical structure to existing hallucinogenic drugs.
A commission investigating the health and safety of foodstuffs and medicine added the 17 substances, known as "loophole drugs," to the restricted list, including five that are known to be on sale in Europe, but are not yet believed to be in circulation in Japan, TBS reported Friday.
The move marks the first time a substance has been added to the banned list before it is confirmed to be in circulation.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)
Police on Friday said that a real estate company employee was stabbed by an unknown assailant in the lobby of an office building near JR Akihabara station. The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital. (Japan Today )