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Hatoyama kicks off the year with scandal apology
Jan 1, 2010 by Japan Times

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama kicked off 2010 with an apology over his political money scandal but pledged to pursue his goal of revitalizing the economy in the new year. "I have caused much concern to the nation over my political funds issues" in 2009, Hatoyama said in a New Year's statement released Friday, expressing an apology for the shady practice that led to two of his former secretaries being indicted. (Japan Times)

Japan's population declines further in 2009: gov't estimate
Dec 31, 2009 by AP

Japan's population is expected to have declined further in with the number of Japanese babies born in the country in the year estimated to have decreased 22,000 from 2008 to 1,069,000, according to health ministry estimates released Thursday. The number of Japanese people who died in the country in the year is estimated to have increased for the ninth consecutive year to 1,144,000, up 2,000 from 2008 and the highest number since comparable data became available in 1947. (AP)

Susan Boyle sings on Japanese New Year's Eve TV music show
Jan 1, 2010 by AP

Scottish singer Susan Boyle, recent star of the British television program "Britain's Got Talent," sang Thursday on "Kohaku Uta Gassen," a traditional Japanese TV music show on New Year's Eve. Boyle, 48, sang "I Dreamed a Dream," the song which she performed on the British show in April 2009, stunning the audience and judges. She shot to international fame partly because of the sharp contrast between her powerful singing voice and her dowdy appearance. (AP)

Two arrested in Bali over Japanese woman's murder
Dec 30, 2009 by AFP

Two men have been arrested over the murder of a Japanese woman on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, police said Wednesday. Hiromi Shimada, 41, whose naked and bound body was discovered in a rented house near the popular tourist beach of Kuta on Saturday, had been stabbed repeatedly in the stomach, police said. (AFP)

Crisis deepens for Japan Airlines
Dec 29, 2009 by news.com.au

Japan Airlines was teetering towards bankruptcy after its shares plunged to a record low in Tokyo trading after it was revealed that a liquidation option was put to creditors. JAL owes more than $5.8 billion. American Airlines, which is seeking to block rival Delta Airlines from taking a stake in JAL and grabbing coveted routes across Asia, has offered to inject capital and urged the One World alliance to contribute to the bailout. (news.com.au)

Leopard cat found for 1st time in decades on Tsushima's lower island
Dec 29, 2009 by AP

A rare leopard cat has been found on the lower island of Tsushima, in Nagasaki Prefecture, directly confirming their existence there for the first time in more than two decades, conservation officers said Tuesday. The highly protected Tsushima leopard cat, one of two species of wildcats found in Japan, was until recently feared to have completely disappeared from Tsushima's lower island, though as many as 150 are thought to still survive on its upper island. (AP)

By J.S. on Jan 2, 2009



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