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Nov 05 Japanese held for drug smuggling in Malaysia claims she was duped (AP)
 A Japanese woman facing the death sentence for trafficking drugs into Malaysia claims she was duped by a Middle Eastern man into delivering what she thought were "books" to the country, an investigating officer said Wednesday. Mariko Takeuchi, a 35-year-old former nurse, was arrested last Friday at Kuala Lumpur International Airport upon arrival from Dubai. While scanning through three pieces of her luggage, Customs Department officers found 4.7 kilograms of methylamphetamine hidden under the lining of her bag.
Nov 05 16-yr-old boy in grave condition after being hit by arrow between eyes (AP)
 A 16-year-old boy practicing archery at a public hall in Tokyo's Meguro Ward was struck between the eyebrows Wednesday by an arrow shot by a 17-year-old boy from the same high school archery club, and is in serious condition, police said. The accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. when the two students at the private high school were practicing archery alone. The student who shot the 70-centimeter carbon arrow made an emergency call for an ambulance.
Nov 05 Brad Pitt looking for new motorbike in Japan (themoneytimes.com)
 Countless reports swarmed the cyberspace late last month claiming that Pitt was hit by a paparazzo while riding his motorcycle in Hollywood, California. Fortunately, the heartthrob of millions was not hurt, thanks to the helmet he was wearing at the time of the accident occurred on Oct. 24. The big bike fan Pitt, who is currently in Japan promoting his latest movie, "Inglourious Basterds," is now on the hunt for a new hog to replace his damaged one.
Nov 05 Man held after girlfriend stabbed to death (Yomiuri)
 A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his girlfriend on the premises of her apartment building in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, police said. According to the police, Koichi Kato, a bar manager of Otsuki in the prefecture, stabbed Harumi Inoue, 49, an employee at his bar, in the back at about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, killing her.
Nov 05 Police clamp down on illegal love hotels in Kanto (Mainichi)
 Police are cracking down on illegal love hotels, with two men arrested in Kanagawa Prefecture and documents sent to prosecutors on another 12 in Kanagawa and Tokyo. There are at least 3,593 love hotels disguised as ordinary hotels across the country, according to a 2008 investigation by the National Policy Agency, including in areas around elementary schools, prompting protests from those living nearby.
Nov 04 Warners Japan to make version of '47 Ronin' (hollywoodreporter.com)
 Warner Brothers Japan is to make a version of "Chushingura," known elsewhere as "The 47 Ronin," starring Koji Yakusho ("Memoirs of a Geisha" "Shall we Dance?") and Koichi Sato ("Nobody to Watch Over Me"). The story of the samurai who avenge their former lord's death is one of the most famous in Japan and has been brought to the large and small screen more than 80 times -- although this will be the first theatrical release since 1994.
Nov 04 Tokyo train stations use lights to stem suicides (AP)
 Alarmed by a rise in people jumping to their deaths in front of trains, some Japanese railway operators are installing special blue lights above station platforms they hope will have a soothing effect and reduce suicides. As of November, East Japan Railway Co. has put blue light-emitting diode, or LED, lights in all 29 stations on Tokyo's central train loop, the Yamanote Line, used by 8 million passengers each day.
Nov 04 Japan suspect in Hawker murder may have had surgery (Bloomberg)
 Tatsuya Ichihashi, 30, the only suspect in the murder investigation of Lindsay Ann Hawker may have had plastic surgery, the Asahi newspaper reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the investigation. A person thought to be Ichihashi visited a clinic in Osaka, western Japan, last month where he received a procedure, the report said. The man didn't show for a follow-up appointment on Oct. 31, it said.
Nov 04 Frame grab shows man using murdered woman's cash card (Yomiuri)
 Police have released a still video image of a man who withdrew cash from a bank account of a female Chiba University student who was found dead with stab wounds in her fire-gutted apartment in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture. According to the murder investigation headquarters at Matsudo Police Station, the image was taken by a security camera installed at an ATM near JR Matsudo Station on the afternoon of Oct. 21, the day before the body of 21-year-old Yukari Ogino was found.
Nov 03 Marriage ever-changing institution (Japan Times)
 Postwar Japan has seen a shift from family-oriented marriages in which parents play matchmaker to individuals pursuing true romance. With democracy, women attained equal rights in marriage in terms of assets and custody. These days, the concept of marriage is a source of great worry in Japan, as couples are tying the knot later in life. This, the graying population and falling birthrate are causing headaches for society.
Nov 03 The fatally flawed math of risking it all in Japan (Japan Times)
 For foreigners hoping to settle down and have children here, Richard Cory has some harsh truths. In light of the recent very public divorce and ensuing custody battle between our most recent Corys - the Savoies - it is ever important for men in this country, particularly non-Japanese who might be unaware of the risks involved, to have an understanding of the nauseating depths to which a marriage in this country can sink.
Nov 03 Japanese woman faces death penalty on Malaysia drug charge (AsiaOne)
 A Japanese woman faces the death penalty in Malaysia after being arrested on suspicion of trafficking 4.7 kilograms of methamphetamines, state media said Monday. Azizah Ibrahim, customs director at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, said the 30-year-old woman was detained last Friday for possession of "syabu" which is popular in the region.
Nov 03 Police bust Saitama cannabis grow-op ring (Mainichi)
 Police have arrested five men on suspicion of drug possession, seizing several hundred cannabis plants. The five are specifically suspected of possessing about 70 grams of marijuana and potted cannabis plants at a house rented by them in the Saitama Prefecture city of Soka on Saturday.
Nov 02 Tidal gateway to another world (Sydney Morning Herald)
 Within minutes, the tide line covering the base of the torii gate drains outwards and scores of day trippers head down the stairs and walk across to the structure that dominates the skyline. At this time of day there's only a short window at low tide to be able to walk out and touch one of the most revered structures in Japan - the O-torii Gate at Miyajima. Standing 16 metres, it's the largest torii gate in Japan and stands sentinel over the island and its other attraction, the Itsukushima Shrine, also built over the water.
Nov 02 Hovercraft service ends after 38 years (Asahi)
 The nation's only hovercraft service called it quits on Saturday after 38 years, a victim of improved roads and the economic slowdown. Oita Hover Ferry carried passengers about 29 kilometers between Oita and Oita Airport in Kunisaki, a journey that took 30 minutes. About 12.5 million passengers have used the service since 1971.
Nov 02 Actor Oshio given suspended prison term for drug use (AP)
 Actor-singer Manabu Oshio was sentenced at the Tokyo District Court Monday to one-and-a-half years in prison, suspended for five years, for using the synthetic drug MDMA. But the high-profile case is not yet over as police continue to investigate the death of a woman he took the drug with at an apartment in Tokyo on Aug. 2, with the possibility of pressing negligence charges against Oshio, 31.
Nov 02 Man rescued after drifting in Pacific for 11 hours (AP)
 A man who fell from his yacht in the Pacific Ocean 50 kilometers off Kochi Prefecture Sunday evening was rescued Monday after drifting for about 11 hours, the local coast guard said. Shuhei Asanuma, 51, on a voyage to Hong Kong from Tokyo with his wife and their son on the 9-meter-long yacht, was brought to hospital but not in life threatening condition, according to the coast guard.
Nov 02 Japan's pregnant pose nude (Reuters)
 A new trend in Japan has seen an increase in the number of Japanese women having their photograph taken in the nude whilst pregnant.
By J.S. on Nov 4, 2009



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