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Jan 06 Online game provokes ire of Japanese nationalists (chosun.com)
 A conservative Japanese newspaper has blasted a popular Japanese online game for labeling the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan the "Sea of Korea." The Sankei Shimbun on Tuesday wrote the labeling "reflects the online game developer's lack of understanding of international relations." The Sankei is the island country's fifth largest daily.
Jan 06 SMAP's Shingo Katori misses TV appearance after contracting swine flu (Mainichi)
 Shingo Katori, a member of pop group SMAP, missed a live TV appearance on Monday due to a suspected case of swine flu. Katori, 32, failed to appear in the group's 4 1/2-hour special live program broadcast by Fuji Television Network on Monday night. He tested positive for swine flu on Saturday after developing a fever.
Jan 06 Woman's mutilated body found (Japan Times)
 A woman's body with both arms and the right leg missing was discovered Tuesday morning at a parking lot in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture, police said. The body was identified as that of Sakae Kita, an 86-year-old Marugame resident who went missing last month. Her family asked the police on Dec. 30 to search for her.
Jan 05 'Life-size' Gundam statue to be put on display in Shizuoka (AP)
 A "life-size" statue of Gundam, a giant robot from a classic sci-fi animation series, that became a popular tourist attraction when it was displayed at Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront last summer will be put on display again in Shizuoka from July, the central Japan city said Tuesday. The 18-meter-tall statue will be erected facing the tracks near JR Higashi Shizuoka station and fans will be able to see it from trains against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji, the city said.
Jan 05 Hit-and-run goes to prosecutors (Japan Times)
 Police turned over to prosecutors Monday their case against a U.S. Army staff sergeant who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Yomitan, Okinawa. The case against 27-year-old Clyde Gunn alleges negligence while driving resulting in death, the prefectural police said.
Jan 05 Climber found dead; pair missing (Japan Times)
 A helicopter retrieved a body Monday from a mountain in Gifu Prefecture where three climbers were reported missing, while seven alpinists were rescued from another Gifu mountain, police said. The deceased was identified as Mitsuru Honjo, 58, one of three climbers from Kobe who according to their alpine club were unaccounted for on Mount Okuhotakadate on Saturday. The two others are Mikio Zenitai, 52 and nurse Aiko Irie, 58, the police said.
Jan 05 Architect Kengo Kuma looks back in remaking Tokyo's Nezu Museum (Tokyo Reporter)
 Boxy concrete apartment buildings have come to symbolize Japan nearly as much as sushi and sumo. Following the end of World War II these garish and drab structures began springing up in large numbers along the outskirts of the nation's larger cities to meet the surging demand of a growing population. Yet it's these uninspiring blocks that have perversely inspired renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Proof of this can be found in his work on the recently reconstructed Nezu Museum in Tokyo.
Jan 04 Transportation clogged as return travel peaks (Japan Times)
 The New Year's return rush peaked Sunday with trains, airports and roads all packed with travelers coming back from hometowns or resorts in the early morning. According to Japan Railway companies, reserved seats on Tokyo-bound bullet trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line were almost fully booked throughout the day, while all nonreserved seats were occupied on some of the Nozomi bullet trains from Fukuoka to Tokyo.
Jan 03 The other side of 'konkatsu' -- divorce consultancies doing brisk business (Mainichi)
 Increasing numbers of people are visiting private divorce counseling centers, as many find it an awkward topic to discuss with those close to them and see lawyers as unapproachable. The recent emergence of the term "rikatsu" ("rikon katsudo" or divorce-seeking activities) follows on the heels of the "konkatsu" or marriage hunting boom.
Jan 03 Controversy around hitsudan hostess Rie Saito due to jealousy (Tokyo Reporter)
 Jealousy is the source of recent criticism being leveled toward deaf hostess, Rie Saito, 25, who rose to the top of Tokyo's most extravagant entertainment quarter and has since published a best-selling book, reports Shukan Taishu (Jan. 4). Saito lost her hearing soon after birth. While known as a bad girl during her middle-school days, she learned the subtle beauty of the hostess hospitality business and ascended to the number-one position in all of Ginza - a world of "night butterflies" - through the use of hitsudan, or written communication.
Jan 03 Susan Boyle receives marriage proposals in Japan (examiner.com)
 Susan Boyle may have gotten a little bit more than she bargained for on her recent visit to Japan; as a matter of fact, reports are saying that she received two separate marriage proposals. Boyle's love life has been a topic of much curiosity ever since she exploded onto the scene of "Britain's Got Talent," partially due to the fact that she famously said she'd "never been kissed" during the initial broadcast.
Jan 03 Scribblings of last shogun Yoshinobu discovered (Yomiuri)
 A handwritten message believed to have been put to paper by Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837-1913), the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, the year before his death, has been found at a house in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. The brief kanbun writing, comprising 16 kanji in Indian ink with Yoshinobu's signature, is thought to epitomize his frame of mind of "standing to reason" during his closing days as he looked back on the vicissitudes of life, according to historian Rei Matsuura.
Jan 03 Local governments organize matchmaking parties (Yomiuri)
 Many local governments are playing Cupid to help local residents find spouses. In Yamanashi Prefecture, 16 city, town and village governments have set up marriage consultation centers, which have held joint matchmaking parties. Behind the efforts is a sense of urgency that local men and women do not have many opportunities to meet each other, and men from farming households have difficulty in finding spouses.
Jan 03 Watches worth 300 mil. yen stolen from store in Ginza (AP)
 Some 200 high-end watches worth around 300 million yen were discovered to have been stolen from a watch and jewelry store in Tokyo's Ginza district on Saturday, police said Saturday. There was a hole in the wall of the store located in the basement of a building, the police said, adding that the theft is believed to have taken place after a security guard patrolled the store at 4:20 p.m. Friday.
Jan 03 33 people injured in sightseeing bus accident in Gunma (AP)
 A sightseeing bus with 46 people aboard crashed through a center divider on an expressway in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, on Saturday, injuring 33 people, police said. Of the 33, two female passengers suffered broken hips and the others including a tour guide sustained slight injuries, according to the Gunma prefectural police.
Jan 03 Woman arrested after husband set on fire (Yomiuri)
 A 38-year-old Tokyo woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of trying to murder her husband by pouring kerosene over him and setting him alight, apparently while she was drunk, police said. According to Tanashi Police Station, Kazue Furuya, tried to kill her 66-year-old husband at their apartment in Higashi-Kurume at about 10:10 a.m. Friday.
Jan 02 Emperor offers New Year's greetings to well-wishers at palace (AP)
 Emperor Akihito offered his annual New Year's greetings to around 79,000 well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace on Saturday. "I hope this year will be a good year for each of you," the emperor said from the balcony of the Chowa-Den wing of the palace, overlooking the crowd. "I wish for the happiness of the people and peace in the world at the beginning of the year," he said. Empress Michiko and other members of the imperial family, including Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, and Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, joined the emperor on the balcony.
Jan 02 Thief 'tries on' four rings at Tokyo jewelry store, makes getaway (Mainichi)
 A man posing as a customer at Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward made off with four rings priced at about 16 million yen after "trying" them on, police said. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at about 6 p.m. on Thursday, but when the man ran out of the store, he pointed what appeared to be a gun at a 30-year-old female employee who chased after him, police said.
Jan 02 Happy 1,300th to Nara, Japan (New York Times)
 The ancient city of Nara has lived in the shadow of its neighbor, Kyoto, for centuries. So this year, as Nara marks the 1,300th anniversary of its ascension as Japan's imperial capital, the city might be forgiven for going over the top. Nara was a splendor in its time - a world of silks, Chinese scripts and Buddhist culture set in a sleepy landscape. Built by the emperor Shomu, a convert to Buddhism, Nara played an important role in the spread of that religion in Japan, as evidenced by the ancient temples that still dot the city. Now it is celebrating that history in style.
Jan 02 Traffic accident deaths hit 57-yr low below 5,000 in 2009 (AP)
 The number of people who died in traffic accidents in Japan totaled 4,914 in 2009, down 4.7 percent from the previous year and below 5,000 for the first time in 57 years since 1952, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Saturday. The number has declined for the ninth straight year as more people use seatbelts and the number of accidents caused by drunken driving and speeding has been decreasing, the agency said.
Jan 02 7 executions during 2009, compared to 15 in 2008 (tuaw.com)
 Seven death row inmates were executed in 2009, well below the 15 during the previous year, according to figures released by the Justice Ministry. No death row inmates have been hanged since the Democratic Party of Japan took over the reins of government in mid-September last year. The number of people whose death penalty has been confirmed, which stood at 100 at the end of 2008, increased to 106 at the end of last year.
Jan 01 Emperor, empress receive New Year's greetings at Imperial Palace (AP)
 Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday received New Year's greetings from other imperial family members and government leaders at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Among the well-wishers were Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, heads of the Diet's two chambers and the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Jan 01 Long-term prisoners doubled over decade (Yomiuri)
 The number of prisoners serving terms of eight years or more doubled over the decade up to last year, while the total number of inmates fell over the same period, according to the Justice Ministry. To alleviate problems of overcrowding at the prisons for long-term prisoners, the ministry has decided to redefine long-term prisoners as those serving a sentence of 10 years or more, from the previous eight years or more, which will allow prisoners serving terms of eight years to less than 10 years to be transferred to prisons for shorter-term prisoners.
Jan 01 Japan's population declines further in 2009: gov't estimate (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.
Jan 01 Susan Boyle sings on Japanese New Year's Eve TV music show (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.
By J.S. on Jan 7, 2010



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