HULKING sumo wrestlers try to make babies cry in a bizarre Japanese ceremony dating back 400 years. The traditional Nakizumo Festival is meant to bring the tots good health and ward off evil spirits. What is Nakizumo? Nakizumo or Naki Sumo is a festival held at a temple in Tokyo and also at other sites across Japan in the spring. Babies born in the past year are brought to a makeshift sumo ring where wrestlers hold them aloft. The athletes compete to make the babies cry the fastest by grunt, pulling faces and gently jiggling the babies while shouting "naki naki" - cry in Japanese. If that doesn't work, a referee steps in wearing a scary mask, which usually does the trick. If both babies cry at the same time, the loudest is declared the winner. THEY’RE LOVIN’ IT! Outrageous moment couple ‘have sex’ while ordering food at McDonald's ‘I COULD’VE DIED’ Girl, 16, slams cruel pal who pushed her off 60ft bridge leaving her hurt WORST-TIME BUYER Angry … [Read more...] about What is Nakizumo? Japanese ritual ceremony where sumo wrestlers try to make newborn babies cry
HIROSHIMA is synonymous with the horrors of war after the city was flattened by the world's first atomic bomb in 1945. An estimated 135,000 people died, but the bombing - which remains controversial more than 70 years on - was credited with shortening the war and sparing many more lives. Here's what you need to know. When was the Hiroshima bombing? Towards the end of World War Two, America had been bombing Japanese cities for months but the country's leaders refused to surrender. In July 1945 US President Harry Truman gave the order for atomic bombs - developed by Manhattan Project scientists - to be dropped on six Japanese cities. The first target chosen was Hiroshima, an industrial city with a large military HQ in the south west. Early on August 6, a B-29 Superfortress bomber named Enola Gay after the commander's mother took off from Tinian in the Northern Marinara Islands. At 8.15am it dropped the Little Boy uranium bomb, 9ft 10in long and weighing 9,700lb, from a height of … [Read more...] about When was the Hiroshima bombing, how many people were killed by the first atomic bomb and why did the US drop it?
Japan has executed the last six members of a Japanese doomsday cult who killed 13 people in a sarin attack on Tokyo's subway. Aum Shinrikyo cult committed various crimes but was best-known for the 1995 attack, which also injured more than 6,000 and remains Japan's deadliest terror incident.Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said the six men were hanged on Thursday morning.Their leader Shoko Asahara, 63, was hanged earlier this month, along with six other members.Founded in 1984, the cult attracted many young people, even graduates of top universities, and amassed an arsenal of chemical, biological and conventional weapons to carry out Asahara's orders in anticipation of an apocalyptic showdown with the government.The 13 cult members spent decades on death row while investigations continued and Japan argued about what to do with them. Some activists said executing them would make them martyrs for their cause but, while Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, … [Read more...] about Final members of sarin attack cult are executed in Japan
THE last six members of the religious cult group Aum Shinkrikyo have been executed by Japanese authorities for their involvement in the sarin attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Shoko Asahara and six other members had been executed earlier in July 2018. Does Japan have capital punishment? Japan has the death penalty for murder. The death sentence is usually only imposed for multiple murders although it has also been implemented in rare cases of single murders. Court rulings follow the ‘Nagayama standard’ where guidelines were established during the trial of Norio Nagayama who committed four separate robbery-murders in 1968. The court ruled there should be nine criteria when considering the degree of criminal liability, which are: degree of viciousness, motive, how the crime was committed, in particular how the victim was killed, outcome of the crime – including the number of victims, the sentiments of the bereaved family, impact of the crime on Japanese society, … [Read more...] about Japan death penalty – does Japan have capital punishment, what execution methods do they use and when were Aum Shinrikyo killed?
THE doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo was responsible for the deadly sarin attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Japan executed the final six members of the group on death row on July 26. What is Aum Shinrikyo? Aum Shinrikyo was a doomsday cult with religious overtones founded by Shoko Asahara in 1984. It was responsible for the sarin attack in Toyko in 1995 which killed 13 people. The group never confessed to the terror attack and Asahara continually stated he was innocent. Aum Shinrikyo split into two groups in 2007 – Aleph and Hikari no Wa. Aum Shinrikyo had been designated as a terrorist organisation by a number of countries and groups, including the European Union, Russia, Canada and the United States. What happened in the 1995 Tokyo sarin attack? Aum members released the chemical weapon sarin on five trains on the Tokyo underground network in a coordinated attack. A total of 13 commuters were killed and 54 people were seriously injured while another 980 were affected. Police … [Read more...] about What is Aum Shinrikyo, what happened in the 1995 Tokyo sarin attack and when were the doomsday cult executed?