It seems one junior high school in Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture ran into a nasty case recently when a female assistant teacher found her soup bowl filled to the brim with soy milk soup during school lunch. Since it was too much for her, the teacher poured half the bowl back into the huge communal container that the soup was served from.
She felt an odd prickling sensation in her mouth after lunch, and thus proceeded to the school nurse’s office. It was there that the truth came to light: she had consumed an unknown amount of laxative.
It wasn’t long before another three students from her eighth grade class reportedly fell ill to the same cause. Upon further investigation a student confessed to crushing commercial laxative tablets and sprinkling it into the soy milk soup as a nasty prank meant for the assistant teacher. But since she poured half of it back into the communal container at the start, it also inadvertently affected the three students who went back for seconds.
Gunma Prefectural Police believe thieves suspected in a string of recent burglaries of second hand shops in the prefecture struck again twice early Friday, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Junior high school students in Japan are generally well-behaved, though occasionally a few naughty ones may slip through the disciplinary system and wreak juvenile havoc. (rocketnews24.com)
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans to make the installation of hydrogen filling stations easier by revising ordinances related to the fire service law in fiscal 2018, in order to help promote the use of fuel cell vehicles, Jiji Press has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
The Kawasaki Heavy Industries C-2 is making its debut outside of Japan at the air show, as the country pushes for export sales of the military transport. (flightglobal.com)
A car plunged into a crowd of spectators at a drift event in Saga Prefecture on Sunday, leaving four men injured, including one in critical condition, police said. (Japan Times)
In a powerful display of military might, Japanese and South Korean warships separately trained with three U.S. aircraft carriers on Sunday as the allies presented a united front against nuclear-armed North Korea. (Japan Times)
Police in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of killing the former manager of an automobile sales and insurance company that had gone out of business. (Japan Today)
The icebreaker Shirase, operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, left Tokyo’s Harumi pier for Antarctica on Sunday. (Japan Times)
A police probe into the attempted murder of an elderly bedridden woman has reportedly led to an unlikely suspect: a stray cat. (Japan Times)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to further their countries’ relations. The 2 leaders met for about 50 minutes on Saturday in the southern Vietnamese city of Da Nang. This was their 6th meeting with the previous one held in Germany in July. (NHK)