July 25, Tuesday, 2023

1. Twenty-five years have passed since a fatal arsenic poisoning at a summer festival in western Japan. Four people, including an elementary school student, died and 63 others developed poisoning symptoms after eating curry served at a community festival in Wakayama City on July 25, 1998. 2. Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been fined by a Swedish court for disobeying police during a protest last month. Thunberg was charged after blocking the road for oil trucks in the southern Swedish city of Malmo and refusing police orders to disperse on June 19. 3. A maze created in a field with about 50,000 sunflowers in northern Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture has opened to the public. Local people use an idle field in Tendo City to make the labyrinth every summer. About 50,000 sunflowers have grown as tall as two meters high. The field is around 5,000 square meters in size. The path is roughly 500 meters long.