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Japan flight grounded as engine sucks up object
May 11, 2009 by AFP

A Japan Airlines jetliner preparing to depart Los Angeles was grounded after one of the plane's jet engines apparently sucked up a cargo container, officials said.

Scandal boosts Aso's bid to stay in power
May 12, 2009 by Washington Post

In this election year in Japan, history-making political change had seemed a sure thing. The economy was in a deep sinkhole and the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party was in disarray. In late winter, party elders demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Taro Aso, whose approval numbers sank into the single digits.

Laid-off foreigners who accept cash from gov't to go home face 3-year re-entry ban
May 12, 2009 by Mainichi

The Government will set a three-year ban on re-entering Japan for any laid-off foreign workers who leave the country under a cash support program. Under the program, laid-off foreigners of Japanese immigrants from South American countries, such as Brazil and Peru, can receive 300,000 yen each and 200,000 yen for a family member to return to their home countries from the Japanese government. However, the government included a condition that they were not allowed to re-enter the country indefinitely.

Ishikawa to play PGA Championship
May 12, 2009 by USA Today

Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa has received a special invitation to play in the PGA Championship. "I received the news today, I'm very happy," the 17-year-old Ishikawa said Tuesday. "My impression is that it's an extremely tough layout and I will aim as high as I can."

Aso, Putin to seek greater economic ties, mull territorial row
May 11, 2009 by AP

Prime Minister Taro Aso and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are to meet Tuesday evening in Tokyo, with steps to boost economic ties topping the agenda but tangible progress on a decades- old territorial dispute unlikely. During a scheduled 100-minute meeting, Aso and Putin may also touch on issues related to North Korea, the global economic slump and the spread of a new influenza, according to Japanese officials.

Japan under pressure to clamp down on child pornography
May 11, 2009 by buzzle com

Japan has come under renewed pressure to clamp down on its huge market in child pornography following the launch of a campaign to ban a video game in which players earn points by raping schoolgirls and forcing them to have abortions. Equality Now, a New York-based human rights group, called on Japan's government to immediately ban RapeLay, a virtual game that can be played on Windows PCs, and to honor its international commitments to end the sexual exploitation of children.
By J.S. in May, 2009



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