May 30, Thursday, 2024  

1.Japan’s Princess Kako has visited the World Heritage site of the Old Town of Corfu as part of her official trip to Greece. Princess Kako, the second daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, arrived on the island of Corfu on Wednesday afternoon. The landscape of the Old Town shows the influence of Western European styles. Corfu was under Venetian rule for about 400 years until the 18th century. The island was also under French and British control. Princess Kako told reporters that the places she has visited are all very attractive and she is grateful for the warm welcome.
2. NHK has learned that nearly 20 percent of units in high-rise condominium buildings on the Tokyo Summer Olympics athletes village site have been offered for rent or resale. The site, called Harumi Flag, sits surrounded by Tokyo Bay in the capital’s Chuo Ward. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has developed it into condominium blocks mainly targeting families. Residents have moved in since January. NHK looked into register records and discovered that companies purchased some units for investment and other purposes.  3. A taxi driver has been shot in the stomach by a passenger, apparently with a handgun, in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. He is being treated at a hospital. The police said the victim, who is believed to be in his 70s, was bleeding from the stomach. He was conscious and able to speak while being taken to a hospital. The police said the passenger demanded money from the driver and shot him in the stomach. They found money scattered in his car.