★ The murder trial for the man who killed and injured a crowd of people in the June 2008 “Akihabara Attack” began today.
He entered in a “guilty” plea and apologized for his crimes in court today. Admitting guilt and showing remorse often helps defendants in their trials in Japan.
The likely verdicts in this case will either be the death sentence (which is done by hanging in Japan) or a life sentence.
Please click here to read my post from last summer about the one-year anniversary of this attack.
★ The iconic Seibu Department Store will close their large store in 有楽町 (Yurakucho, Tokyo) near 銀座 (Ginza, Tokyo) on 2010 December 25th.
This store has been a landmark in Tokyo since it opened in 1984.
But due to the bad economic times recently, not enough people have been shopping there these days for the Seibu group to afford the rent in Ginza.
The plot of land that this store’s building is on is the most expensive real estate in the world!
The Seibu Department Store pays ¥1 million (about US$10,000) in rent for this spot.