SOCIETY

Aug 31
A two-day festival to highlight the charm of Japan’s Tohoku region started in a park in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday morning to help reconstruction of the region devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami some three years ago. (Jiji Press)
Aug 31
The body of a Japanese man was found floating in the Hudson River last week and may have been shot in the head, according to the New York City Police Department and Consulate General of Japan in New York. (Japan Times)
Aug 30
The search continues for people missing in last week’s devastating landslides in western Japan. Officials have identified 72 bodies, but 2 people remain missing. (NHK)
Aug 30
The Hiroshima prefectural police department said Friday that it has identified all 72 people who have been confirmed dead so far in the massive landslides that hit the city of Hiroshima last week. (The Japan News)
Aug 30
A yakuza boss convicted of three murders was executed by Japanese authorities Friday, a rare case of a member of the Japanese mafia receiving the death penalty. (Wall Street Journal)
Aug 30
The Chinese trial of a Japanese city politician for drug trafficking has ended with prosecutors asking for a sentence ranging from 15 years to death, reports said. (asiaone.com)
Aug 30
Japan’s bureaucrats don’t want the nation to be caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster. (therakyatpost.com)
Aug 29
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. (Japan Times)
Aug 29
Tokyo police are likely to effectively conclude their investigation into Ghana’s ambassador to Japan, who is suspected of being involved in illegal gambling operations. (NHK)
Aug 28
Police are investigating the stabbing of a guide dog in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo in July during its owner’s commute to work, investigators said Thursday. (Kyodo)