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Sep 27 Local theaters down, not out in Japan (AsiaOne)
 For many regional cities, the local movie theater has become a thing of the past. But recently there have been moves by many local areas to bring old theaters back to life and hopefully help boost the communities. Multiplexes housing five or more movie screens have been popping up in cities and suburbs across the country in recent years, helping cause an uneven distribution of movie screens across the country.
Sep 27 Shinjuku shows the way (Japan Times)
 Property ads in Hatsudai and Hatagaya, immediately west of central Tokyo's Shinjuku Station, often trumpet the fact that it's possible to "commute by bike" to the neighboring hub. Last year that ride became a little bit easier, when the so-called Kyu-Tamagawa Suido Road, running ramrod straight from western Shinjuku, through Hatsudai, Hatagaya and out to Suginami Ward, was selected as one of 98 "model districts" around the country where dedicated bike lanes would be established.
Sep 27 'Cove' debut draws mixed reactions (Japan Times)
 "The Cove," a film about dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, drew a mixed response from an audience of 150 that included foreign journalists in Tokyo on Friday evening, the first time the award-winning movie has been screened in Japan. The 92-minute film, which was first screened in Los Angeles July 31 and is now being shown in other parts of the United States, Australia and some European countries, was screened at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
Sep 26 Feed wild monkeys and face fine (Asahi)
 The city assembly here on Friday voted to slap fines of up to 10,000 yen on people who repeatedly feed wild Japanese macaques. The move is designed to help control the monkey population on Mount Minoosan, which ballooned from about 90 in 1959 to roughly 600 with help from tourists wielding fruits and vegetables.
Sep 26 Maria Sharapova in Japan to promote her fashion line and play tennis (sawfnews.com)
 Tennis ace Maria Sharapova is big in Japan. The 6ft 2in beauty smoldered as she showed off her new fall line for designer Cole Haan. Maria appeared at the Peninsula Hotel in Yurakucho, Tokyo, to debut the latest collaboration with the U.S. fashion brand, which is now available in the Far East.
Sep 26 For Japan's professional stand-ins, it's weddings, parties, anything (The Age)
 Best man Ryuichi Ichinokawa took his place before the assembled wedding guests, cleared his throat and for the next few minutes spoke movingly about the bride and groom. But his speech omitted one crucial fact: he knew the beaming couple only marginally better than the waiters and waitresses serving their wedding breakfast. He is a professional stand-in, part of a growing service sector that rents out fake spouses, best men, relatives, friends, colleagues, boyfriends and girlfriends to spare their clients' blushes at social functions such as weddings and funerals.
Sep 25 2 members of GSDF elite unit arrested over robbery (AP)
 Two members of the Ground Self-Defense Force's elite unit were arrested Friday on suspicion of mugging a man in Tokyo, police said. Hiroki Matsubara, 21, and Kazuya Iwayama, 23, both leading private of the 1st Airborne Brigade based in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, allegedly assaulted the 22-year-old man in Tokyo's Roppongi district and robbed him of around 130,000 yen in cash at around 3 a.m. Friday, the police said.
Sep 25 Asagiri Jam (Japan Times)
 The last major outdoor music festival of the year, Asagiri Jam has been dubbed "the real Fuji Rock Festival" due to its very scenic location at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka. The two-day concert was established in 2001 and inspired by the spirit of the late 1960s and the communal atmosphere at early editions of pioneering events such as The Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury, and The Cambridge Folk Festival.
Sep 25 A sex doll who needs some loving (Japan Times)
 align="left" vspace="5" height="130" border="0"/>Screened at the Cannes and Toronto film festivals, "Air Doll" is, despite its story about an inflatable sex doll who comes to life, not pop and certainly not porn. It is instead rather sweet, sad and children's storybookish, as though Kore'eda had prepped with "The Little Match Girl" and "Pinocchio" rather than Ozu and Bresson.
Sep 25 Arrested break-in suspect linked to lodge druggings (Yomiuri)
 A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking and entering a minshuku lodge in Fuji-Kawaguchikomachi, Yamanashi Prefecture, police said. During police questioning, Keigo Kawaguchi, unemployed, of Minami-Alps, also admitted being involved in five cases of theft that occurred between April and August at several minshuku lodges in the same town in which female students staying at the lodges were drugged with sleeping pills before their money was stolen.
Sep 24 Sensoji temple goes to court to halt skyscraper construction (AP)
 Sensoji, the Buddhist temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district, and a group of local residents filed a lawsuit Thursday in a bid to bring the just-started construction of a skyscraper in the neighborhood to a halt. In the lawsuit filed with the Tokyo District Court, the plantiffs are seeking the cancellation of approval by the Tokyo metropolitan government of the construction of a 133-meter-high, 37-story condominium being built several hundred meters west of the temple, a popular tourist spot.
Sep 24 People skills honed in an 'izakaya' (Asahi)
 Long before he became prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama found a way to mix with everyday people and talk about their concerns. He used to serve customers at an izakaya Japanese-style pub. Tomoto, which was named to mean a place to chat, opened in August 2002 in Tokyo, but it closed three years and four months later due to low profits.
Sep 24 Etiquette 101 seminars a hit (Japan Times)
 How to enter a room with bamboo mats, where to place chopsticks, what not to wear - these are just some of the essential rules of etiquette young professionals are learning from Michiko Noguchi, a veteran restaurant mistress whose seminars on table manners are growing in popularity.
Sep 24 Turning Japanese: International pop wars (guardian.co.uk)
 J-poppers! Turning Japanese is sorry for having treated you for so long as little more than young, dumb starlets who squeal soppy, high-pitched sentiments over painfully crass Casio demo track ditties, designed solely to suck money from the pockets of teens too young to know any better. Little did we know that you pretty, pretty folks (and you really are all so very, very pretty) are at the frontline of a flourishing cultural exchange with your Korean K-pop counterparts.
Sep 24 GSDF private arrested over attempted murder (Yomiuri)
 A 20-year-old leading private of the 14th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Force has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill an officer by stabbing him in the head with a bayonet, it has been learned. According to the brigade's headquarters in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, Junya Kataoka allegedly stabbed a male sergeant in his 20s in the back of the head with a 15-centimeter-long bayonet from an automatic rifle at about 2:10 p.m. Monday.
Sep 24 Miss World Japan looks for U.S. granddad (Japan Times)
 For 21-year-old Elza Sasaki, Japan's representative for the Miss World contest in December, winning the beauty pageant is not just about opening doors to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a super model, but also about generating media exposure to help her find her long-lost American grandfather. Discovering the whereabouts of the former U.S. Air Force officer, who was stationed in Okinawa shortly after the end of the war and would be around 80 if still alive, is a desire that Elza - who beat some 3,000 contestants last October to represent Japan at the pageant in Johannesburg - inherited from her mother Tammy Sasaki, 57.
Sep 23 Gasoline thief arrested after hopes of quick getaway dampened (AP)
 A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to steal gasoline after he unwittingly filled his car's tank with water and the vehicle became stranded shortly afterwards, police said. Fujio Hirakawa, 56, allegedly stole the liquid from an 18-liter plastic tank in a gardener's workshop in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, believing it to be gasoline. But the 56-year-old gardener, who had suffered a similar theft of gasoline from the tank two weeks previously, had deliberately refilled it with water.
Sep 23 Who gets the jam as Japan cuts road tolls? (Times Online)
 At 6.05 on Saturday morning somewhere outside Tokyo everyone on the road began to feel majestically stupid. We wiggled awkwardly in our seats, delicately avoided eye-contact with other dupes and fiddled with air-conditioner settings that needed no adjusting. All of us, burying our shame beneath iPod driving mixes and bags of chocolate raisins, knew exactly why we were sitting in the Great 2009 Tomei Expressway Jam. Like sailors we had been lured on to the rocks by two Sirens of the 21st century: economic stimulus and a sexy television newsreader.
Sep 23 Japanese man aged 74 scoops bodybuilding championships (Daily Mail)
 Most men who reach their 70s are happy to sit back and reflect on their earlier years when they were finer physical specimens. But Japanese weightlifter Tsutomu Tosuka proves that despite being 74 years old, you are never too old to have a great body. Tsutomu was crowned champion in the senior category of the Japan Masters Bodybuilding Championships at the weekend.
Sep 22 Japan's rent-a-friend business is booming (USA Today)
 In Japan, if you need a best man for your wedding or a fake uncle or a bogus boss, Ryuichi Ichinokawa is the man to call. Ichinokawa started his rent-a-friend business almost four years ago and now has 30 agents who can pretend to be a relative, boyfriend, spouse, or best friend. It is one of about 10 such agencies in Japan.
Sep 22 'Little Tokyo' caters to Japanese living in Seoul (JoongAng Ilbo)
 Though Ichon-dong in central Seoul is frequently called "Little Tokyo," its streets mostly look like those of any other middle-class area of Seoul. In fact, Ichon-dong is the place where 17 percent of Japanese residents in Seoul are concentrated.
Sep 22 Sakai's beach house goes up in flames (Asahi)
 A beach house used by actress Noriko Sakai and her husband--both currently awaiting trial on drug charges--was badly damaged in a predawn fire Sunday, police said. Police investigators suspect the blaze may have been intentionally set.
Sep 22 One in four women in Japan is at least 65 years old, government estimates (Japan Times)
 In yet another sign the Japanese population is getting older, one in four women is now 65 or older, while one out of almost every five men is reaching that milestone, according to a government estimate ahead of Respect for the Elderly Day on Monday. Elderly people - or those at least 65 years old, according to the World Health Organization - numbered 28.98 million as of Sept. 15, up 800,000 from a year ago, accounting for 22.7 percent of Japan's population.
Sep 22 Cartoonist took photo from cliff top (Japan Times)
 Futabasha Publishers Ltd. said Monday that Yoshito Usui, creator of the popular "Crayon Shin-chan" comic book and animated TV series, took a photo near the edge of a 100-meter-high cliff shortly before he apparently fell to his death. Usui, 51, was found dead Saturday at the base of the Tomoiwa cliff on Mount Arafune on the border between Gunma and Nagano prefectures.
Sep 22 Japanese porn star to feature in Indonesian movie (themalaysianinsider.com)
 Gentlemen, brace yourself for an upcoming Indonesian film that might tempt you more than any other: it will feature famous Japanese porn star Maria Ozawa, better known as Miyabi. Scheduled for release at the end of this year, "Menculik Miyabi" (Kidnapping Miyabi) is a movie that will probably attract a lot of hype this year.
Sep 22 Toddler survives being run over by train (huffingtonpost.com)
 A 15-month-old Japanese toddler who walked onto train tracks near her house survived with only minor scratches after a train came to a halt on top of her, the AFP reported. The driver saw the girl standing on the tracks north west of Tokyo in Suzaka City, and brought the train to a screeching halt by pressing the emergency brakes. The girl was alive and lived because she was trapped in the 50-centimeter gap between the train and the tracks.
Sep 22 Japanese gangster wanted by Osaka police arrested in Bangkok (AP)
 A Japanese gangster wanted by police in Osaka on suspicion of attempting to murder a colleague in 2006 was arrested in Bangkok late Saturday night. Thai police said they have served a fresh arrest warrant on Kazuya Miyazaki, 38, a member of a gangster group affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest crime syndicate.
Sep 20 Cop's DNA found on body of slain child (Yomiuri)
 One of the DNA types collected from material found on the body of a 7-year-old girl killed in 2005 matched the DNA of a former senior police official who was involved in the murder investigation, according to investigative sources. The DNA of the former Tochigi prefecture police official is believed to have become attached to the girl's body during the investigation.
Sep 20 Urban warfare medieval style (Japan Times)
 Aikido, judo, jujitsu, kendo, karate, sumo: Surely Japan has enough martial arts to keep even the most voracious of combat connoisseurs entertained for a lifetime, right? Wrong. Jay Noyes, a 40-year-old self-described "farmer from Missouri," has recently established his own school for Western martial arts - in Tokyo. Castle Tintagel, as it's called, is located in the leafy residential district of Mejiro - just up the road from Gakushuin University, where members of the Imperial family are educated.
Sep 20 Tuna town in Japan sees falloff of its fish (New York Times)
 Fishermen here call it "black gold," referring to the dark red flesh of the Pacific bluefin tuna that is so prized in this sashimi-loving nation that just one of these sleek fish, which can weigh a half-ton, can earn tens of thousands of dollars. The cold waters here once yielded such an abundance of bluefin, with such thick layers of tasty rich fat, that this tiny wind-swept seaport became Japan's answer to California's Napa Valley or the Brie cheese-producing region of France: a geographic location that is nearly synonymous with one of its nation's premier foods.
Sep 20 Car-sharing catches on as a cheap and cheerful way to go (Japan Times)
 Thinking of traveling from Tokyo to Osaka? Take a shinkansen bullet train or fly and it will set you back around ¥14,000. But if you share the costs of making the trip by car, you'll likely pay half that or less. Called "car-sharing," the practice of hopping a lift by arrangement with a stranger is becoming increasingly popular these days, as more and more people warm to a way of getting from A to B that can be much more fun than public transport and, for drivers, a remunerative way to beat the boredom of making a long journey alone.
Sep 20 Battle of the worst chefs, all in the 14-kid family and running for the money (Japan Times)
 The infamous cooking show, "Ai no Apron" (Love's Apron), may be off the air but its spirit lives on in the two-hour special "Haneru no Tobira" (The Closing Door; Fuji, Wed., 7 p.m.). A group of female comedians, including Ai Haruna, Edo Harumi and Asako Ito, compete with one another by whipping up meals for a panel of ikemen (handsome) actors and singers, including Jun Oguri, Hideaki Takizawa and Kenichi Matsuyama.
By J.S. on Sep 28, 2009



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