Sunday, 3 February 2013
"Oni wa soto, Fuku ga uchi"
Welcome to Japan on Feb 3rd, known here as Setsubun - not a national holiday, not a festival, but a kind of good-luck ceremony performed at home. The incantation above means "Devils get out, good luck come in".
Well, we need as much good luck as we can get, and there are an awful lot of devils to kick out. So let's start the ass-kicking with this report on Japan's so-called nuclear future.
Active fault to close down Tsuruga nuclear plant
The confirmation of an active fault, along with the dilapidated condition of Japan's 56 nuclear reactors, means that even if the Abe government can get Japan's population on his side, the logistics might be too much to handle.
In the quake-stricken areas, Tohoku are trying their best to rebuild, and assert their independence from the corrupt bureaucrats of Tokyo ...
Tohoku's tourism at 80% level
And finally, a story that shows that Japan's puerile, cuteness-obsessed entertainment world has finally gone too far.
Was AKB48 member forced to shave her head as an 'apology'?