World News

15 Jan

Some recent news from around the world that made an impression on me.

japan1 JAPAN
  • On Saturday, January 10, 2009, three 17-year old high school students in Tokyo risked their lives to rescue a blind man who fell off of a train station platform.
    Without hesitation, they rushed over and pulled him back onto the platform to safety moments before a train pulled into the station.
    They were awarded letter of commendation from both the train station and the local fire department.
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2009, a forty-five year old professor at 「中央大学」 (Chuo University) in Tokyo was stabbed to death in the school’s restroom.
    The motive is unknown and the killer is still at large (as of this writing).
  • A 54-year old man who owns a medicine distribution company got a perm hair style so that he could more closely resemble his twenty-year-old son and attempted to take a test in his son’s place so that his son could get his OTC drug handling license to work at his company.
    He was caught when the test administrator notice he looked unusually old for being twenty.
  • America’s Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. currently owns 41% of Universal Studios Japan‘s shares. They are making a take-over bid to gain the remaining 59 shares and own the amusement park outright.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Thomas Schieffer left Japan today to return to America as his post ends with the change of the U.S. president this month. Schieffer was the Ambassador to Japan since April 2005.
china1 CHINA
  • A group of thirteen people in China were arrested for riding up on motorcycles and snatching toddlers to sell to people in other parts of the country for prices ranging between US$125 to US$3,800.
  • China recently surpassed Germany to become the world’s third largest economy. The U.S. and Japan are still far ahead as the number one and two world economies, respectively.
australia AUSTRALIA
  • Chemical pollution is the assumed cause of a recent spate of two-headed fish being spawned in Australia.
kiwi NEW ZEALAND
  • Two Australian brothers in their early twenties were vacationing with their parents in New Zealand were killed when tons of falling ice fell on them at Fox Glacier, a tourist spot in New Zealand.
    The youngest brother’s body was never recovered, and he had the keys to their rental car in his pocket.
    Without the keys, the car rental company told the parents, they would have to pay NZ$1,950 (US$1,085) to have the car towed back to the rental office and have new keys made.
    After being relentlessly criticized for being heartless by both Australia and New Zealand, the rental car company finally decided to waive the charges.
usa AMERICA
  • A man in California was arrested for trying to sell his fourteen-year-old daughter for US$16,000, one hundred crates of beer, and some cases of meat!

Have you heard this news stories? What do you think?

6 Responses to “World News”

  1. tokyo5 January 17, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    Eric…

    >I like the story about the old man getting a perm and try to pass as his son. Hilarious!

    Yeah! As if that was gonna work! 😉
    When he was caught, he said that his son knows nothing about what he did. I bet the son knew…the father said that so his so won’t get in trouble too.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Sir Pent…

    >$125 for a toddler is a pretty good deal.

    HAHAHA. 😀
    Yeah, they sold some of those kids too cheap. They should’ve asked for 100 cases of beer like that man in California!

    Seriously though, people like that gang in China…and even more so, that father in America…who hurt children need to be locked up for a long time!

    +++++++++++++++++++

    naoko…

    >The rental car company in New Zealand must lose its reputation, and to get it back they have to pay more than NZ$1,950!

    Yeah, that was out of line!

    +++++++++++++++++++

    bartman905…

    >the biggest news is tokyo’5 grandmother-in-law for her 95th birthday … wow. Congratulations to her.

    You’re too kind. Thanks.

    Like

  2. bartman905 January 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Well, the biggest news is tokyo’5 grandmother-in-law for her 95th birthday … wow. Congratulations to her.

    Like

  3. naoko January 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    Hi,

    Eric! me too! it is so funny!
    I read that article on Japanese news paper, and this is my second time but it made me laugh!!

    The rental car company in New Zealand must lose its reputation, and to get it back they have to pay more than NZ$1,950!

    Like

  4. Sir Pent January 16, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    $125 for a toddler is a pretty good deal.

    Like

  5. Eric January 16, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    I like the story about the old man getting a perm and try to pass as his son. Hilarious!

    Like

  6. tokyo5 January 16, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    Yesterday was my wife’s grandmother’s 95th birthday.

    Like

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