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SMAP member Kusanagi arrested for public indecency
TOKYO, April 23 by AP - Kyodo

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a member of the pop group SMAP, was arrested Thursday for public indecency, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said. Kusanagi, 34, was nabbed on the spot at around 3 a.m. for allegedly stripping naked under the influence of alcohol at a park in Tokyo's Akasaka district in Minato Ward. Neighbors had called the police as he had been making a noise, according to the police. (AP)

Can vacation reform help Japan's economy?
April 22, 2009 by Business Week

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has been stumping for votes from lawmakers for his $154 billion stimulus package of tax breaks and deregulatory measures. A sizable chunk of the package will go toward creating jobs and building airport runways, train lines, and roads. But to get Japan's consumers to dip into their savings and help revive Japan's economy, government officials are looking at other options. One possibility: Penalize companies whose employees don't take their vacations. (BusinessWeek)

Salarymen go extinct as economic climate changes
April 23, 2009 by Times Online

The salaryman, the dark-suited foot soldier of Japan's postwar economic miracle, is an endangered species. The salaryman's habitat has deteriorated rapidly since the world financial crisis began but the change began in the early 1990s when Japan's postwar boom faltered. Labour law made mass redundancies difficult. Japanese companies instead stopped recruiting employees and hired "dispatch workers" on short-term contracts or from employment agencies. (Times Online)

Japan mulls satellite for missile launch detection
Apr 22, 2009 by Reuters
Japan is mulling an early warning satellite that can detect missile launches, a government official said Wednesday, amid worries about North Korea's missile power. Pyongyang launched a rocket on April 5, which Japan saw as a disguised missile test. The launch has sparked calls for Japan to consider possessing an early warning satellite and beefing up its missile shield. (Reuters)

Ex-sumo wrestler avoids prison for marijuana possession
Apr 22, 2009 by AP
Former sumo wrestler Wakakirin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 months in prison, suspended for three years, for possessing marijuana earlier this year. The 25-year-old former wrestler "lacked a sense of resistance toward marijuana and (as a result) destroyed the public credibility of the Japan Sumo Association," said Judge Hiromi Abe of the Yokohama District Court's Kawasaki branch. (AP)

By J.S. in Apr., 2009



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