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News from Japan - February 21, 2022

Japan's record at the Winter Olympics in Beijing

Japan delegation at the beijing winter olympics

As the Winter Olympics came to an end yesterday, Sunday February 20, Japan saw its medal record broken. With 18 medals (3 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze), the country broke its record of 13 medals at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang in 2018.

The winning disciplines for the Japanese team are figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, curling, ski jumping and mogul skiing.

In 1924, the Winter Olympics were organized for the first time in France (Chamonix), while the Summer Olympics had already existed for 28 years.

Japan participated for the first time in the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. The first Olympic medal was won in 1956, thanks to the silver of Igaya Chiharu, during the men's alpine skiing slalom event.

Japan first hosted the Winter Olympics in Sapporo in 1972.

 

Obesity is illegal in Japan

Obesity is illegal in Japan

Although obesity is low in Japan (or sumo), the country wants to fight against overweight. In particular, the government introduced an anti-obesity law, called Metabo, in 2008.

To fight against overweight and its health problems (diabetes, heart problem, etc.), Japan makes obesity illegal. The law applies to adults between the ages of 40 and 74. With controls (in particular by companies), employees must not exceed a waist circumference of 85 centimeters for men and 90 for women.

People who are "outlaws" receive a warning email, as well as nutrition and sports advice to lose their extra pounds. However, they are not legally punished for their “crime”. This law has been at the heart of many controversies, especially knowing that the country has few overweight people.

 

A collection of tiny cars

A collection of tiny japanese cars

 

On Japanese roads, it is possible to come across all types of vehicles, and some models are original. Nevertheless, none are as small as the cars owned by kaorububu.

This Twitter user shares the daily life of his mini-cars, which are almost 3 to 4 times smaller than the standard model of a car. The Bubu 501, Bubu 502, or Bubu Shuttle-50 are all models that kaorububu has.

And strangely, although tiny, these cars are very fast. They are also legal to travel on Japanese roads.


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