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News from Japan - February 17, 2022

Disney's Sakura Special Collection

Disney Japan's Sakura Special Collection

After Starbucks and Lindt, it's Disney Japan's turn to offer products from the sakura collection. Dedicated to the cherry blossom season, which is fast approaching, products such as a tea set and Winnie the Pooh and Piglet cushions, stuffed animals and kimonos, but also a Tic & Tac range are on sale in Japan uniquely.

It is also possible to personalize these products and have sakura patterns printed on sweatshirts, T-shirts, bags and mugs. For fans of Disney's Tsum Tsum plushes, there are also these sakura-inspired versions, with nine characters.

All of these products are already available online, at the Disney flagship store in Tokyo and at Disney Stores in Japan.

A new burger from Burger King: the King Yeti

A new burger from Burger King Japan called the King Yeti

Recently, Burger King is expanding some of its limited-time burgers, increasing their size. For example, there was the Tokyo Teriyaki Tower Super One Pound Beef Burger. Now, a new one-pounder is hitting stores in Japan: the King Yeti.

From its full name “King Yeti Super One Pound Beef Burger”, it is notably composed of four patties of beef and six slices of cheese. It is the equivalent of two good burgers eaten at once, which leads the brave who buy it to receive a sticker to commemorate their achievement.

Sold at a price of 1,750 yen (more than 13 euros), it will be on sale from February 18 to March 3.

And you, would you be able to finish it?

Lowest crime rate in Japan in 2021

Lowest crime rate in Japan in 2021

Japan is experiencing its lowest level of crime since the post-war period. With 568,148 crimes in 2021 (compared to 2.85 million in 2002), the number of crimes has been in decline for 19 years in the country.

According to the National Police Crime Statistics Agency, crimes were down another 7.5% from the previous year, a new record high.

Some offences, such as street crime or break-ins, have dropped dramatically thanks to the pandemic and the stay-at-home order. Nevertheless, we note the emergence of scams by bank transfer (+ 6.7% compared to 2020) which very often target the elderly.

In addition, the arrest rate for major crimes (murders, robberies) is over 93%.

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