Tokyo (CNN) — As a McDonald’s in Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood closed down after 22 years in business and posted a thank-you poster outside its store, its arch competitor Burger King responded with a seemingly compassionate adieu.
GAMAGORI, Aichi Prefecture–A competition to find the strangest creature of all the weird and wonderful specimens at zoos and aquariums across Japan has been won by a human.
Judges in the tongue-in-cheek contest looked at 20 particularly odd creatures but felt they were no match for 34-year-old Keiichi Sanda, one of the breeding staff at the Takeshima Aquarium here.
The man had turned 52 the day before, but the cake presentation had to be put back a day because he had been attending a tea party hosted by Japan’s imperial couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.
Such is the life of Kazuyoshi Miura: cultural icon, Japanese national treasure and, improbably, still a professional football player.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN)In 1991, Kim Sin-yeol and her husband made the unusual decision to move to a lonely outcrop of islands at the heart of a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea.
Currently administered by Seoul, the Dokdo Islands are located in the the East Sea, according to South Korea. Japan, however, calls the islands Takeshima and refers to their surrounding waters as the Sea of Japan.
Japan’s weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past week.