In the press review of Tuesday, May 18, we will discuss: the suffering Japanese economy, a generous anonymous who donates his fortune and the discovery of a body in Lake Biwa.
Japanese economy at half mast
The Japanese economy shrank 4.6% in fiscal 2020 compared to the previous year, the sharpest contraction on record since 1955. The coronavirus pandemic has of course dealt a severe blow to consumption and exports. The previous record dates from 2008 and a decline of 3.6%. Worse yet, the world’s third-largest economy contracted by 28.6% in the second quarter of 2020 due to the first state of emergency between April and May. This setback is barely offset by growth of 22.9% in the third quarter and 11.6% in the fourth. These bad figures are expected to continue as Tokyo and eight departments are under a state of emergency until June and the vaccination campaign is struggling to take off.
A generous anonymous donation
An anonymous donated 60 million yen (about 450,000 euros) to the town of Yokosuka, in the Kanagawa department, south of the Japanese capital. Another surprising fact, the donation was made in cash! Depending on the location, the mysterious anonymous is a man, between 70 and 80 years old, who left a backpack filled with 6,000 10,000 yen bills and a letter. This indicates that this sum represents the donor’s savings since elementary school. The man would have simply said: “I would like you to forward the letter in this bag to the mayor.” “
A sad discovery
On Monday, a body was found in a suitcase on the shores of Lake Biwa, in the Satsumacho district of Hikone, a town in the Shiga department. Police say the victim’s age and gender are still unknown. The suitcase was found by an 83-year-old man and police were alerted after a local official confirmed the presence of human remains. Investigators said part of the suitcase was missing and parts of the body were already skeletal.