Woman survives in well
A woman was found alive after being trapped in an abandoned well for 15 days, eating corn cobs and drinking rainwater, local media reported yesterday. Su Qixiu, 38, was found at the bottom of the well in a rural part of Henan Province, the Dahe Daily said. The well, hidden from view by corn plants, is only about 1m in diameter and 4m deep, but its smooth walls made climbing out difficult, the paper said. Su was “scarily skinny” when found, the report cited one of the firefighters who rescued her as saying. She survived by eating raw corn she was carrying when she fell into the well, while two rain showers during the period provided her with water to drink, the paper said. Her family spent days searching for her after she did not return from picking medicinal herbs, but did not find her. Villagers eventually heard her calls for help while they were out harvesting corn.
Violent jobseeker arrested
Police have arrested a man who approached China’s second-richest man to ask for a job, and then attacked and injured the company chairman when he denied the request. Xinhua news agency yesterday said that Zong Qinghou (宗慶后), chairman of food and beverage giant Hangzhou Wahaha Group, is recovering from injuries to his left hand after Friday’s attack in Hangzhou. Xinhua identified the suspect as a 49-year-old migrant worker surnamed Yang. It said Yang wanted a job at Wahaha and sought out Zong after watching a TV program about the businessman’s assistance to migrant workers. It said Yang attacked Zong after his job request was turned down. With US$19 billion in wealth, Zong is China’s second-richest man.
Sex victim aid planned
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to pledge US$1 million to help victims of sexual violence when he speaks at the UN General Assembly next week, a report said yesterday, as anger continues in Asia over wartime “comfort women.” Abe is to visit Canada and the US from Monday to Sept. 27, with his speech at the UN taking place on Thursday next week, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced. The Nikkei business daily reported that Abe will use his UN speech to pledge a financial contribution to help female victims of sexual violence. The money is part of efforts to improve a national image tarnished by a continuing controversy over the country’s wartime use of “comfort women,” a euphemism for women from Korea and other parts of Asia drafted into prostitution. The contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims, which is managed by the International Criminal Court, will be the centerpiece of his address, the economic daily said. Tokyo will earmark nearly ￥100 million (US$1 million) in the next fiscal year’s budget for the fund.
Coach abuse goes viral
A video showing a volleyball coach repeatedly slapping a schoolboy — just days after Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics — is the latest example of brutality to tarnish sport in the country. A short clip posted on YouTube showed the teacher at Hamamatsu Nittai Senior High School smacking the student’s face at least 13 times in 16 seconds. The episode was captured on a mobile phone by another student during a practice game in Gifu, northwest of the city, on Sunday. By lunchtime yesterday, it had garnered nearly 1.5 million viewings.
Man arrested after 25 years