"I think the people in Utsonomiya are very cold-hearted"

The concept of ‘silly season’ – when UK newspapers fill their pages with human interest stories known as ‘dead donkey’ or ‘skateboarding parrot’ stories, due the the absence of hard news in August – continues with this story from Japan. And this is despite this August being rather full of news: the housing market crash, Gordon Brown’s downslide, the Olympics, the war in Georgia… but journalists are journalists, and there are so few of them today willing to tackle the ‘hard’ news that stuff like this – probably laid out straight off the Reuters wire – remains a big part of the average British newspaper.

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