SOCIETY – 4

Jan 13
A journey on a Japanese train can bring with it tales of kindness, furry passengers, and sometimes, unusual advertisements that you won’t be able to get out of your head. That’s exactly what’s happening to passengers on Tokyo’s trains at the moment, thanks to an ad for a nasal douche, or nose gargle, as it’s known in Japan. (Japan Today)

Jan 12
Hunting bears and other mountain animals is an activity with a history of more than 400 years in the town of Oguni, Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji)

Jan 12
A former employee of Japan Post told police he dumped over 200 letters into the ocean because he was unable to deliver them, Jiji Press reported on Wednesday. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 11
Tokyo police arrested a 41-year-old deputy editor of major publisher Kodansha Ltd. on Tuesday on suspicion of killing his 38-year-old wife in August last year.
(Jiji)

Jan 11
Some 5,000 men burst through the gates of Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning and raced 230 meters toward the shrine’s main hall with the frontrunners attempting to capture the title of “fuku-otoko” (Lucky Man). (Japan Today)

Jan 10
A woman received injuries on Sunday after being struck by parts of the body of a man who had just been hit by a train in a likely suicide, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 10
Police in Kagoshima said Monday a taxi carrying a 93-year-old woman had been located after the vehicle went missing for 27 hours. The 71-year-old driver was found at the bottom of a nearby cliff and is a coma. (Japan Today)

Jan 10
Kanagawa Prefectural Police are searching for a man who used what appears to have been a gun to steal two wristwatches from a discount department store in Yokohama, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 09
Police in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sunday arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 67-year-old sister with whom he lived. (Japan Today)

Jan 09
A female kangaroo found dead at a zoo in Sapporo on Friday was likely killed after her neck was caught in the mesh of her feeding box, raising fresh questions over the zoo’s habitat conditions following a string of other animal deaths. (tokyoreporter.com)