Risa and five friends of the couple reportedly dug the 2.4-meter-square and 2.5-meter-deep hole Saturday afternoon as a surprise for Yuki, whose birthday was on Sept. 1. They put a sheet over the hole and covered the sheet with sand, they said.
A mat was found inside the hole, and shovels and a ladder were close by.
Risa is believed to have brought Yuki to the beach from their house at night and fallen into the hole with him at about 10 p.m.
30 Aug Shunsuke Shimada's admitted ties with members of organized crime via former boxer Jiro Watanabe have prompted the Tokyo Metropolitan Police to investigate Yoshimoto Kogyo, the television personality's agency, reports daily tabloid Sponichi (Aug. 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
30 Aug The retirement last week of a popular TV host due to his relationship with a gang member has brought attention to the deep and longstanding ties between organized crime and the entertainment business. Various parts of society have made active efforts to eradicate links with crime syndicates, but the entertainment world is yet to follow suit. Police have indicated they will step up efforts to oust organized crime from the entertainment industry following the retirement of Shinsuke Shimada. (Yomiuri)
30 Aug Korean pop groups began gaining popularity and media exposure in Japan last year, singing and dancing on TV shows and appearing in commercials. Fluent in Japanese, the so-called K-pop phenomenons go out of their way to impress fans with their dedication to the language and their high regard for the market. And being young, sexy and cute are definite pluses in the Japanese market. No matter how big a supporter of Japan Lady Gaga is, it is hard to imagine her releasing an album with a significant number of Japanese songs. (Japan Times)
29 Aug A member of a gang group was arrested last week after inflicting damage at the offices of a Tokyo talent agency in while in search of money lent to the father of actor Taiyo Sugiura, reports Nikkan Gendai (August 27). On August 25, a 57-year-old gangster from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest criminal organization, burst into the Akasaka offices of Sky Corporation, where Sugiura, 30, is registered, and broke a glass door with a chair. "I lent money to Sugiura's father, and I want to know where it is," the suspect is quoted as saying. (Tokyo Reporter)
29 Aug Japanese comedy gets a bad rap. Foreigners either knock it for being too silly and too focused on slapstick or too pun-based and difficult to understand. The Japanese sense of humor is most definitely different from its Anglophone counterparts. Some things, however, are so funny that they transcend national borders and linguistic barriers. Learn the next few phrases, and you'll soon be laughing it up in Japanese. It's funny to catch people who aren't paying attention. If, for example, a group of friends are having a conversation, and Stan, an affable guy with a paunch and a tendency to daydream, ends up staring off into the distance, the rest of the group can laugh at him when he finally comes back to reality. In English we use NASA-style lingo to try and "contact" people like this who have "spaced out" - "Earth to Stan. This is Earth. Do you copy? Come in Stan!" (Japan Times)