An endangered Tsushima wildcat named Takara had to have its paw amputated at a zoo in Sasebo after it got into a vicious scrap with an Amur leopard cat in an adjoining cage.
Headline of the Week: “Noisy gay orgy in Shinjuku prompts raids by cops” (via The Tokyo Reporter)
The aforementioned orgy allegedly took place at a well-known gay bar in the area called Destruction and cops were alerted “by the raucous animal-like screams being emitted” from the joint. Destruction indeed!
Another headline winner: “Serial killer’s accomplice says she now understands meaning of life” (via The Mainichi Daily News)
Tokyo police confirmed that a man found hanged to death in a public toilet at a Tokyo park in April was, indeed, 62-year-old TV news reporter Eishi Okuyama.
A Chinese man was arrested for trying to sell a stuffed endangered panda to tourists out of his house in Ota-ku, Tokyo.
Dante Carver, a 34-year-old actor and model from New York who has gained fame in Japan by starring in several Softbank TV commercials, was in trouble after being pulled over in Shibuya and presenting an invalid international driver’s license to cops.
A 31-year-old former Tokyo primary school teacher got 28 years in prison for sexually assaulting 12 girls, including raping an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old.
Ferraris involved in a pileup on a Japanese highway (along with a Lamborghini and two Mercedes)
Estimated value of the damage to the cars involved in the costly traffic accident
Value of a Choco Pie in North Korea, where the tasty treats are traded like currency, according to Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun
Average monthly salary of the North Koreans dealing in Choco-Pie currency
Cost of a six-pack of Choco Pies in the U.S.
The Wendy’s hamburger chain is relaunching in Japan. Among the items on the menu this time around is a “Foie Gras Rossini” burger which, along with your standard beef patty, includes “foie gras terrine, harmonized with Madeira and Balsamico sauce along with truffle cream.”
Meanwhile, at a beach in the town of Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture, a stone monument put up to honor the victims of the deadly tsunami was unveiled, “the first of 500 such monuments planned to be built in the Pacific coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.”
Call him the Lone Ranger, but 52-year-old Naoto Matsumura is the only person living in the town of Tomioka, which lies just 12 km from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear reactor.
Despite a 20-km evacuation zone around the reactor, Matsumura refuses to leave his hometown and passes his days feeding abandoned pets.
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