SOCIETY – 6

Oct 28
Beauty pageant contestants from across the world have visited Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, which is still reeling from the impact of a major quake last month.
(NHK)

Oct 26
U.S. actor Johnny Depp will play the role of war photographer Eugene Smith in the movie “Minamata” about a mercury-poisoning disease that affected thousands of people in Japan, according to local reports. (Japan Today)

Oct 25
A 15-year-old boy who was arrested last Friday on suspicion of killing his 87-year-old grandfather and attempting to kill his 82-year-old grandmother at their home in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, has told police he also planned to kill a classmate from his school. (Japan Today)

Oct 24
The Japanese government says it’s highly likely that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda has been released by militants in Syria.
(NHK)

Oct 23
On Monday morning, the Nozomi 114 bullet train was making its regularly scheduled run from Hiroshima to Tokyo. Its route along the Sanyo/Tokkaido Shinkansen line provides views of some of Japan’s largest cities and, if the weather is clear, even Mt. Fuji, but one passenger spotted something much more startling. (soranews24.com)

Oct 23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have revealed that the woman whose corpse was found in a residence of an apartment building in the Roppongi entertainment district of Minato Ward died as a result of a skull fracture, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Oct 22
A video tape showing a horse getting whipped at a traditional festival held last month in the city of Kumamoto has caused a public outcry, with many people calling it a form of animal abuse. (Japan Times)

Oct 22
The head of a school that teaches the art of picking up women and a former student have been arrested on suspicion of rape, the fourth such case to emerge since an investigation began earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Oct 22
A man prosecuted last year in connection with the death of a Japanese woman in Vancouver was found guilty of murder on Friday, a Canadian court said. (Japan Today)

Oct 22
A 26-year-old unemployed man has been arrested in Sakai, Osaka, for injuring a woman after he threw a bicycle from the 12th floor of a 14-story municipal apartment building in August. (Japan Today)