Ten Japanese are extradited and arrested in Japan for fraud

10 members of a group of Japanese fraudsters are extradited and arrested in Japan.

In November 2019, 36 Japanese members of a telephone fraud group in the Philippines were arrested. 18 of them were extradited to Japan in February 2020, and most were sentenced to prison.

This Thursday (15), 10 of these members were extradited and arrested by the Metropolitan Police of Tokyo. The group, led by Ken Omata, 27, address and job unknown, arrived at Narita Airport around 15:30 pm, and were taken to the police station after being tested for coronavirus.

According to police, they called an elderly woman living in Japan from the Philippines posing as police officers, and a member of the group who was in Japan illegally received 5 bank cards from her.

The 10 Japanese would be extradited last year, but due to the pandemic they could not come to Japan and were detained in an immigration office facility for 1 year and 8 months.

Police say the remaining 8 Japanese in the Philippines will soon be extradited.

Source: NHK

Amazon closes 340 Chinese company online stores

Stores operated by Shenzhen Youkeshu Technology were closed for alleged violation of Amazon rules.

Amazon closed 340 online stores operated by one of the platform's biggest Chinese retailers in the first half of this year, while the US e-commerce giant intensifies its crackdown on paid reviews and other violations.

The lawsuit was filed against stores operated by Shenzhen Youkeshu Technology Co. for alleged violation of Amazon rules, without providing any details, according to a file by parent company Tiza Information Corp.

The affected stores, the operations that Amazon banned or froze, made up 30% of Youkeshu's total retail presence on the platform, according to Tiza.

She said more than 130 million yuan ($20.08 million) of Youkeshu's funds had been frozen and estimated that its sales in the first half of this year should be reduced by 40 to 60 percent.

Tiza said in its file that "rules on e-commerce platforms have been tightened as rights infringement and review handling continued to increase."

Youkeshu's case marks the latest blow to the “Made in China, sold on Amazon” community, including mainland Chinese retailers that have flocked to the US platform in an attempt to reach international customers.

While Youkeshu also operates stores on other sites including eBay, Wish and Aliexpress, the company sharpened its focus on Amazon last year with "strategic inventory" for the platform, Tiza said.

Source: China Morning Post

Mount Fuji: Climbing Season After 2 Years

After 2 years without opening the route, this year people will be able to climb the most famous mountain in Japan.

On Wednesday (23) the Yamanashi provincial government said it would open the season to climb Mount Fuji, on July 1, after 2 years.

A safety survey of the Yoshida trail was conducted in joint action with officials from Yamanashi Prefecture and the ENV-Ministry of Environment. They confirmed that it is possible to reach the summit. 

Last year, all four trails, including those on the Shizuoka prefecture side, were closed due to an epidemic of the new coronavirus. So it's the first season in 2 years this summer.   

Climbers will be required to submit a 7-item health check sheet for the 5th season. In addition, the mountain huts will introduce a reservation system to avoid crowding.

Regarding the three trails on the Shizuoka side, the local government is adjusting to the goal of opening on July 10th.

Sources: ANN and Yomiuri

Hamamatsu: highest temperature in the country on Tuesday

As if it were a day of peak summer heat, a large area of ​​the country had records of over 30 degrees Celsius. See a tip for health!

The heat wave was observed over a wide area, from Kyushu to Tokai, on Tuesday (8).

According to the AMJ-Japan Meteorological Agency, the highest temperature in the country was observed in Hamamatsu (Shizuoka), on Tuesday afternoon. The benchmark was 34,3°C.

In Kyushu provinces, such as Oita, Fukuoka, Yamaguchi and Kumamoto, temperatures in the range of 33 to 34 degrees Celsius were found.

Tajimi (Gifu) and Kuwana (Mie) also entered the ranking, in 6th and 7th places, with 33,5 and 33,4°C. In Toyota (Aichi) the thermometers marked 33,2ºC, taking 10th place.

At 13pm the heat reached its peak in Nagoia, with 32,4ºC. It took a jump of less than 25 degrees in the morning to the 32nd range.

When the high temperature is prolonged during the day and night, there is a high risk of hyperthermia, so care is required.

The heat is forecast to continue on Wednesday (9), from Kyushu to Kanto.

The tip is to try to do a light physical exercise to get your body used to perspiring. Sweating helps regulate your internal temperature, so it's important.

Source: ANN 

Websites temporarily unavailable on Tuesday

By early Tuesday night many websites in the US and Japan were down.

The web pages of Japanese and foreign government agencies, major media and online shopping were temporarily unavailable around 19:8 on Tuesday (XNUMX).

They were from the British government, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the Japanese ministries.

Regarding the media, in addition to large foreign companies such as the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Guardian, Financial Times and Le Monde of France, it has become temporarily impossible to connect to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Nikkei Shimbun, ABEMA and other websites of the Japan.

Also, Amazon, Rakuten and Mercari also had problems, as people were unable to open their respective pages.

According to Fastly, an American provider of cloud computing services, a cyber attack was not the cause of the crash at around 19:XNUMX in Japan.

Approximately two and a half hours later, he declared, "We have confirmed the recovery of all services and we have resolved the problem." The New York Times would have quickly recovered by switching to another distribution service.

The failure that occurred this time is related to a technical problem caused by the service configuration.

Fastly develops a service to display content on the website at high speed around the world, and is often used by major media companies.

Sources: News Digest, Asahi and NHK

Rail Line - Tibet's Bullet Is So High Passengers Need Extra Oxygen

About 90% of the route, which took 6 years to build, is 3 meters above sea level. See the video.

For the first time, travelers in Tibet can enjoy the mountainous views of the area at high speed.

A 435km railway line connecting Tibet's capital Lhasa with the city of Nyingchi entered service on June 25, offering mainland China's 31 provincial-level regions access to high-speed train travel.

47 tunnels, 121 bridges

Building a high-speed railway in Tibet, dubbed the “roof of the world” was no easy task.

About 90% of the route, which took 6 years to build, is 3 meters above sea level.

The Lhasa-Nyincghi line includes 47 tunnels and 121 bridges – which account for 75% of the entire route. This includes the 525 meter long Zangmu Railway Bridge, the largest and tallest arched bridge of its kind in the world.

About $5,6 billion was spent to build the line, which is served by the Fuxing series of high-speed electric trains developed and operated by the China State Railway Group.

Traveling at high altitudes, Fuxing trains are equipped with automatic oxygen delivery systems, which keep levels at a constant 23,6% – slightly higher than the 21% average found in normal atmospheres.

Train windows are fitted with a special layer of glass designed to withstand the region's high levels of ultraviolet rays.

They operate at around 160km/h – slower than the top speeds of 350km/h that travelers have on other lines in China.

With the opening of the Lhasa-Nyingchi line in Tibet, all 31 provinces in mainland China are now covered by high-speed rail.

Source: CNN Travel

Summer holidays deserve attention

Both July and August have holidays that have been brought forward.

The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics have been moved to the summer of this year, with the start date set for July 23rd.

Thus, those who purchased a calendar or calendar, both printed, can see that they are different from the digital smartphone.

The Day of the Sea holiday would be on the 19th, Monday, but it has been moved to the 22nd, Thursday.

Sports Day has been brought forward from October 11th to Friday, July 23rd for the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As the Olympic Games end on August 8th, the Mountain Day holiday, the 11th, has been brought forward to that date. Thus, 9 Monday becomes a red date, compensating for Sunday.

The change of holidays occurred through a special measure just for this year, decided by the revision of the Special Measures Law of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The goal is to reduce congestion during the Olympics and Paralympics, so that athletes can stay move in parallel with citizens.

Source: Asahi

Brazilian dies when pressed by paper rolls during work

Brazilian dies when pressed between rolls of paper at the factory where he worked in Shizuoka.

Around 16:30 pm on Wednesday (30), a 65-year-old Brazilian, haken employees, died after being pressed by paper rolls at the factory where he worked.

The accident happened at the Ide Paper Converting factory in Fuji (Shizuoka), in a machine that unloads pieces of paper. His death was confirmed at the hospital.

According to the Fuji Police Station, his head was trapped between the rolls. He managed to remove his head and leave the scene, but he could not resist the injuries.

The police station investigates the case under the possibility of an accident at work.

Source: Shizuoka Shimbum

Mount Fuji Yoshida Trail Opens

This Thursday (1st) only a few people were seen walking up Yoshida Trail as heavy rain fell across a wide area of ​​Japan.

Mount Fuji reopened this Thursday (1st) for the summer season after being closed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With anti-infection measures in place, the most popular of the 4 routes to the top of the 3.776 meter mountain, Yoshida on the side of Yamanashi Prefecture, has been opened.

Shizuoka Prefecture, which administers the other three remaining routes, said it plans to open them on July 10th. The mountain will be accessible to visitors until September 10th.

As part of efforts to reduce the risk of infections, visitors are asked to fill out health status sheets and check their temperatures before ascending the mountain, according to Yamanashi Prefecture.

Fuji Subaru Line, a road halfway up the mountain that is open 24 hours in normal years, has reduced its operating hours from 3:18 am to XNUMX:XNUMX pm to cut down on the number of climbers trying to make quick climbs during the night.

This Thursday, only a few people were seen walking up the Yoshida route as heavy rain fell across a wide area of ​​Japan.

Last year, both provinces closed all 4 routes amidst the coronavirus pandemic for the first time since 1960.

Source: News and Culture

Beach opening delayed because of shark

A beach town decided to postpone the opening of the season. It lies between the provinces of Hiroshima and Fukuoka.

According to information from the municipality of Hofu (Yamaguchi), a vacationer noticed that there was a 1,2 meter shark swimming about 10 meters offshore. 

The man went to bathe from the nearby town of Shunan around 10:30 am on Sunday (27). He recorded a video and sent it to the city hall.

The one seen by him has a characteristically shaped head, called a hammerhead shark. 

On the same day, the city sent officials to warn of the risk of the shark. The next day, he installed “no swimming” signs at 10 points on the beach.

The city was going to officially open the season on this beach, on the first weekend of July, but because of him, it decided to postpone it for two weeks.

Sources: Chugoku Shimbun and ANN

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