Earlier this month (Feb.6th?), the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare announced a ministerial ordinance that will make it illegal to sell medicine over the Internet starting June 1st, this year. This includes medicine such as pain relievers for headaches like Tylenol, medicine for colds, athlete's foot cream, any herbal supplements and even devices to tell if you are pregnant or not! Yahoo and Rakuten are very angry at this as they sell much of the aforementioned goods online and have tried everything they could do to get this foolish law reversed, but have probably failed to convince these stubborn bureaucrats otherwise.
However, the thing that I find interesting about this is that there is now much speculation that the people who decided this law are ignorant misinformed people who are prejudice against the net and the real reason why this was passed was because behind the scenes they decided that "the Internets are scary and things like drugs should not be sold there!".