每日英語跟讀 Ep.K145: About Japan - Emergency bathroom run lands Japanese "bullet train" driver in hot water 煩
The famed high-speed "bullet train" in Japan got some unwanted attention from regulators last month after the driver briefly abandoned his controls to take a bathroom break — leaving the train and its 160 passengers to hurtle along the tracks at 93 miles-per-hour.
The train departed Tokyo Station at 7:33 a.m., bound for Shin-Osaka station. At 8:14, outside the city of Odawara southwest of Tokyo, the driver suffered a bout of abdominal distress.
Instead of stopping the train to run to the bathroom, he called in the conductor to occupy the control room for three minutes, until he was able to scramble back to his post.
"Many of our conductors are licensed to take the controls," Central Japan Railway public relations representative Ryumon Hashimoto said. "But this one wasn’t."
Wearing someone else’s face： Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan戴上其他人的臉：日本開始販售超逼真面具
A year into the coronavirus epidemic, Japanese retailer Shuhei Okawara has come up with a new take on the theme of facial camouflage - a hyper-realistic mask that models a stranger’s features.
Okawara’s masks won’t protect you or others against the virus. But they will lend you the exact appearance of an unidentified Japanese adult whose features have been printed onto them.
The masks will be sold for 98,000 yen apiece at his Tokyo shop, Kamenya Omote, whose products are popular as accessories for parties and theatrical performance.
More than 100 applicants sent Okawara their photos, with each receiving 40,000 yen in return.
Demand for the masks are strong, Okawara said. "There are not so many people who buy （face masks） for specific purposes. Most see them as art pieces."
Ministry brass entertained by company Suga’s son works at 部會高官接受菅義偉之子任職的企業招待
High-ranking bureaucrats at the telecommunications ministry were secretly wined and dined by employees of a major visual media production company, including Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s son － a possible ethics code violation.
After Bunshun Online broke the scandal on Feb. 3, Suga told reporters, "I am not aware of the matter at all."
"I think the ministry will properly handle the case," Suga said, adding that he has "no intention" of asking his son about it.
But Suga’s aloof approach quickly changed at a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Feb. 4, where opposition lawmakers grilled the prime minister about the scandal.
Suga said he has talked with his son over the phone about the Bunshin report.
"I told him to cooperate with the fact-finding investigation," Suga said.
「我告訴他要配合核實調查。」菅義偉說。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1452760;https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1441828;https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1436388