SOCIETY

Sep 28
A huge image of a bowing bear has been created at a park in Kumamoto, western Japan, to show gratitude to those who supported the prefecture following the massive earthquakes in April. (NHK)

Sep 28
Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth. And this place could easily be the saddest. Welcome to Nara Dreamland, an abandoned theme park in Japan’s Nara Prefecture. (huffingtonpost.com.au)

Sep 27
An online ad featuring a swimsuit-clad teenage girl who turns into an eel was pulled Monday after Japanese internet users complained it was sexist. (Japan Today)

Sep 27
The number of foreign residents of Japan has reached a record high of more than 2 million. (NHK)

Sep 26
Another patient who died at a hospital in Yokohama, near Tokyo, is now suspected to have been poisoned. (NHK)

Sep 26
A rogue ratsnake brought a Shinkansen bullet train to a halt on Monday after a passenger spotted it wrapped around a window-side armrest. (Tokyo Reporter)

Sep 26
A 17-year-old boy died after he was hit by a train in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. (Japan Today)

Sep 26
An antiseptic solution was believed the substance that fatally poisoned an 88-year-old man while he was receiving an intravenous drip at a Yokohama hospital last week, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)

Sep 26
Unless sushi train restaurants add a new dish to their menus, the wasteful trend looks set to continue. (rocketnews24.com)

Sep 26
A man was caught running onto railway tracks here and briefly caused trains to stop while he was being pursued for allegedly stealing underwear, police said. (Tokyo Reporter)