A freshly picked crop of sweet potatoes. Photo: Xinhua

In Japan, sweet potato thefts raise suspicions of yakuza involvement

  • An estimated US$17,000 worth of the root vegetables were stolen from a farm this month, following earlier thefts of apples, grapes and Koshihikari rice
  • It has been suggested that criminal gangs may be selling the ill-gotten gains to family-run greengrocers who do not ask too many questions
Topic |   Japan

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A freshly picked crop of sweet potatoes. Photo: Xinhua
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A wooden prayer tablet bearing a pro-Hong Kong message that was defaced at a shrine in Japan. Photo: Twitter / Nursemens4321

Chinese tourists blamed after vandals deface pro-Hong Kong protest messages at Japanese shrines

  • Some ‘ema’ prayer tablets have had messages expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong scribbled out, while others have been destroyed
  • Most of those that have been damaged have had the words ‘one China’ or ‘one country’ scrawled on them
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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A wooden prayer tablet bearing a pro-Hong Kong message that was defaced at a shrine in Japan. Photo: Twitter / Nursemens4321
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