Another week of bad news...

Good morning everyone,

Today is looking like another hot does the whole week, mainly because there is a typhoon heading this way so it's blowing a lot of hot, humid air ahead of it. As of right now, it looks like it'll pass by the west of us and head for Korea. There's another one coming behind it that is looking like it's going to hit Hiroshima the same time I'm scheduled to take better not! Ha ha! I'm sure it'll be fine, but I'll keep an eye on it...

This week's news is full of grim stories once again...

Jul 30
Sasebo girl held in slaying didn't hold grudge against victim, police say

The 16-year-old girl in the city of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, suspected of killing and dismembering a high school classmate did not hold a grudge against the victim, investigative sources said Tuesday, retracting an earlier view that there may have been personal problems between the two. According to the suspect, she just wanted to know what it felt like. Is it legal to announce what was said during interviews of suspects? Especially minors? I never would have thought so...but apparently it's ok...
Japan's housing vacancy rate hits record high 13.5%

A record high 13.5 percent of existing housing units in Japan were vacant as of last Oct. 1, up 0.4 percentage point from five years earlier when the survey was last conducted, the government said Tuesday. You'd think with 8.2 million vacant houses in Japan, we'd see prices go down more, especially in out of way'll be interesting to see what the government will do. Those vacant homes are eyesores, potential hazards and also bring down the value of other homes nearby...
Japan removes work disincentive by raising wage floor

The Japanese government moved Tuesday to give the least-paid workers their second-biggest raise in the past 20 years. Hmmm...I'm not sure what effect this will have. Studies in other countries haven't shown any connection to increasing the minimum wage and an increase of incentive for people to look for a job...can you imagine some lazy guy sitting at home thinking, "Oh! They've raised the minimum wage by 11 yen!! Wow! I think it's time to go look for a job!" No? Me neither.  Ha ha!
Jul 29
China scandal pushes McDonald's Japan to upgrade food-safety steps

McDonald's Holdings Co. apologized Tuesday for a recent scandal over chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, promising to do "whatever it takes" to ensure the safety of food on its menu. Well, of course that's what they would say, isn't it? But what they meant to say was, we'll do 'whatever it takes as it long as it doesn't hurt our profit too much'...ha ha!
15 die, as over 8,500 people taken to hospital for heat exhaustion

More than 8,580 people were taken to hospitals in the week through Sunday due to heat stroke or heat exhaustion and 15 died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. Obviously not enough people are reading my blog-including Ohsera! How does a professional pitcher get heat stroke? I think the Carp need to find a new trainer...ha ha!
11 dead, 2 missing in weekend water-related accidents
Jul 28

Eleven people died, one person remains unconscious and two are missing after water-related accidents across Japan over the weekend, police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials said Monday. This is always so sad for me. It happens in Canada every summer as well. Sometimes having fun puts us in risky situations, please be careful out there!
Father of TV 'talent' Rola arrested for fraud

Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested the father of TV "talent" and model Rola for allegedly defrauding Japan's national health insurance system. I'm not sure whether he is guilty or not, but he should be charged by the 'fashion police' for wearing that suit and shirt! Where does he get his fashion advice? From the yakuza from 30 years ago?! Ha ha!

Have a great day!