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Live snails used as latest beauty treatment in Japan

A salon in Tokyo has rolled out a bold new beauty treatment, using snail slime. The substance is applied by the snail itself, sliding slowly across the face. The salon says it helps make skin supple, removes dry, scaly patches and helps to moisturise.

Snails crawl on the face of a customer during a demonstration Credit: Reuters

The salon uses a team of five one-year-old Japanese native snails. And when they're not crawling about on a customer's face, they dine on high-grade vegetables to help keep them in shape. Some beauty experts dispute claims they can help reinvigorate the skin.

Tokyo favourite to host the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo is the bookies' favourite to win the race to host the 2020 Olympics. Official applications were made to the International Olympic Committee yesterday, and Coral gave the Japanese capital odds of 8-11.

Computer-generated image of Tokyo's proposed stadium Credit: Reuters
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, one of the proposed venues for the 2020 Olympics Credit: Reuters

Istanbul is second favourite at 2-1, with Madrid coming in as the outsider at 4-1. Coral's David Stevens said:

"Tokyo appears to have several advantages over its two rival cities - many of the potential venues are built, and after London and Rio, many will feel Asia deserves its turn to host the Olympics."

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Vehicles 'left burning' as smoke emits from Japan tunnel

An official at the local expressway traffic police unit close to the tunnel collapse in Japan has told AFP:

We have limited information on the accident at the moment but smoke is said to be coming out from the tunnel as an unspecified number of vehicles were burning.

According to AFP, a reporter for public broadcaster NHK said the tunnel began to cave as he drove through it on his way to Tokyo. He was quoted as saying:

I managed to drive through the tunnel but vehicles nearby appeared to have been trapped. Black smoke was coming and there seemed to be a fire inside the tunnel.