A few odds and sods, vaguely connected to being screwed:
Mutant Frog does the business explaining a funny, well-made attack ad from the LDP doing the YouTube rounds, right here.
It slipped Our Man's attention (such a rare occurrence) but the latest winner of Japan's Booker Prize - the super-prestigious Akutagawa Literary Prize announced last week was none-other than Kenichiro Isozaki a regular middle-aged salaryman who penned a clever (no doubt unreadable) novel about marriage and such. So what? So, he was born in Abiko!!!!
Did you know Abiko used to be the dirty weekend capital of Japan? An Agent Provocateur told Our Man that the fair city, being 30 minutes from Tokyo, was the perfect place for middle-ranking bureaucrats to install their mistresses in their weekend shagdens. This, of course, is now a thing of the past (now, there are a lot nicer places to shag your mistress).
Henry Allingham, the 113-year-old Brit whose death as the oldest man in the world was marked in the papers here on Sunday, put his longevity down to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women."