Sponsored Link


Bookmark and Share

Fall in love with Kyoto

Bookmark and Share
Pick up herewith News by Media regarding Society in Japan.
Regarding the News titled "Japanese man found dead in California", it's a disapointing matter.
Interested in "Train buffs may be prosecuted for trespassing", "Fall in love with Kyoto" and etc.

Feb 17 Coin jar saved by Mitsubishi Group founder's mom discovered in Kochi (Yomiuri)
 A jar in which the mother of Mitsubishi Group founder Yataro Iwasaki kept pin money that she had squirreled away has been found in the house of a company employee who lives near the Iwasaki house in Aki, Kochi Prefecture. In NHK's historical drama, "Ryomaden," there is a scene in which the mother, Miwa, played by Mitsuko Baisho, takes out a savings jar from a space under the floor. Tetsuya Odani, 48, who heard that the jar in which Iwasaki's mother saved small change was somewhere in his house, found it about a month ago.
Feb 17 Train buffs may be prosecuted for trespassing (Japan Times)
 West Japan Railway Co. is considering filing a complaint with police over train buffs who disrupted operations and delayed 13,000 passengers by trespassing on tracks to take photos of a rarely run train Sunday morning in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture. JR West officials characterized the swarm of photographers as particularly malicious because several refused to stay clear of the tracks, causing trouble to numerous passengers.
Feb 16 Man acquitted after DVD of interrogation used in his defense (AP)
 A man tried for a fatal arson attack on an apartment building in Osaka was acquitted by a Japanese court Tuesday following a trial in which a DVD recording of his interrogation was the main piece of evidence used in his defense. The Osaka District Court returned a not guilty verdict on Osamu Oike, 61, who had been indicted over a May 2007 fire that killed three people in the city in western Japan, stating that the confession he made during the police investigation is not credible.
Feb 16 Japanese man found dead in California (AP)
 A 43-year-old Japanese man was found dead Friday near his guitar workshop in the suburbs of Santa Rosa, California, according to an online report by the local Press Democrat newspaper. The man, identified in the report as Taku Sakashta, a guitar maker whose instruments earned him international acclaim and $30,000 apiece, is believed to be Taku Sakashita from Kobe, but no further details were immediately available.
Feb 16 Once-banned Japanese story told powerfully onscreen (Reuters)
 There's nothing oblique or nuanced in Berlin festival competition selection "Caterpillar," Koji Wakamatsu's indictment of right-wing militarist nationalism and the partner piece to his relentless expose on left-wing extremism, "United Red Army." The tone is as consciously strident as the various forms of World War II Japanese propaganda he deploys satirically, his conviction so strong and his argument so persuasive that this masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.
Feb 15 Sex-change husband urges minister to register son as legitimate child (AP)
 A 27-year-old man who has legally changed his sexual status due to gender identity disorder called on Justice Minister Keiko Chiba on Monday to register his son born by artificial insemination as his legitimate child in the wake of the ministry's refusal to do so. A special law enacted in 2004 enables people suffering from gender identity disorder, a term used to describe people facing a gap between biological and mental sex identities, to change their sex in their family registration records.
Feb 15 Curtain falling on cinema in Kabukicho (Tokyo Reporter)
 Tokyo's Kabukicho entertainment area, once one of Japan's most vibrant cinema districts, is experiencing a rapid shuttering of its theaters as their aging buildings lose audiences to modern theaters nearby. The first domino fell in 2008, when Toho acquired the landmark Koma Stadium, a 2,000-seat performing arts theater that opened in 1956. Toho shut the Koma property, which also had two screens in its basement, and its neighboring building, home to the exhibitor's 1,044-seat Shinjuku Plaza Gekijo, in preparation for redeveloping the entire site.
Feb 15 Romance rocks at Kyoto's Jishu Shrine (The Star)
 A teenage girl walks gingerly with her eyes shut, carefully measuring each step. Her arm extends in front of her, fingers stretching toward the target. Off to the side, three companions watch with wide eyes and stifled giggles. After a few more paces, the girl reaches down and touches a picnic cooler-sized rock. Instantly, they all scream and jump about in celebration: her fate (and, presumably, the fate of some young man somewhere) is sealed. The rocks, and the gods, have spoken at the Jishu Shrine, Japan's temple to love.
Feb 15 Underage smokers using taspo cards (Yomiuri)
 About 30 percent of middle and high school students who are below the legal age to smoke buy cigarettes using taspo IC cards, which were introduced to prevent minors from lighting up, according to a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry study panel. The percentages of students who smoke at least once a month were 2.9 percent among male middle school students, 2 percent among female middle school students, 9.8 percent among male high school students, and 4.5 percent among female high school students.
Feb 14 Fall in love with Kyoto (Toronto Sun)
 Even for tech-savvy Japanese teenagers, the path to love can still be a time honoured low-tech journey that starts at the ancient Jishu Shrine in Higashiyama, a district of Kyoto. Built by a shogun in 1633, the shrine has been attracting the lovelorn up through its gate ever since. Legions of unattached Japanese make pilgrimages to the home of Okuninushi-no Mikoto -- the god of love, matchmaking and marriage. But finding true love is not without risk, says guide Mark Amano. Visitors who appeal to the love god for help must first shut their eyes and navigate the 10-metre distance between two "love fortune-telling" stones.
Feb 14 Japanese accidentally cover themselves with pepper spray in whaling war (Daily Mail)
 The crew of a Japanese whaling ship accidentally 'shot themselves in the foot' when they tried to fire pepper spray at protesters - and the wind blew it back in their faces. The two crew members are seen in dramatic video footage captured by the crew of the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group rubbing their eyes after a cloud of pepper spray engulfed them. The Sea Shepherd group said the incident proved the Japanese were lying when they claimed that the protesters had injured three crew members on the whaling ship Shonan Maru 2.
Feb 14 Today's complex society in Japan spawns a new 'foreigner complex' (Japan Times)
 Among the many Japanese words and phrases that have fallen by the wayside of late and become shigo (obsolete), gaijin komupurekkusu (foreigner complex) is certainly among the least missed. "Foreigner complex" referred to the attitude and behavior of some Japanese people who nurtured, for one reason or another, an inferiority complex toward certain outsiders.
Feb 14 Man collared for sending threat to singer Ayumi Hamasaki in extortion attempt (Mainichi)
 A man who sent a threatening letter to Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki and tried to extort money from the president of her agency's parent company has been arrested, police said. Motoyoshi Fujii, 42, was arrested on suspicion of attempted extortion. Police are investigating how he found out the singer's home address.
Feb 14 Teen suspect in slaying of 2 women says victim's ex-boyfriend carried out stabbings (Mainichi)
 A teen arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of two women and the abduction of another has told police that the ex-boyfriend of the abduction victim was responsible for the stabbings. Police are probing the teen's testimony, believing that there is a high possibility the ex-boyfriend, who is also under arrest, planned the attack and stabbed the three victims.
Feb 14 One wounded in police station as suspect grabs officer's gun, opens fire (Mainichi)
 A police sergeant was shot and severely wounded in a Tokyo police station Saturday when a man under arrest pulled the gun from his holster and fired two shots. The 35-year-old sergeant with the Tamagawa station's organized crime unit was hit once in the left arm when assault suspect Kazuya Fukumori, 43, grabbed the gun and fired. Fukumori was subdued on the spot by another officer and was served a fresh arrest warrant, this time for attempted murder.
Feb 13 Number of HIV/AIDS patients in Japan drops for 1st time in 7 yrs (AP)
 The number of people newly infected with HIV or who have developed AIDS in Japan came to 1,428 in 2009, marking the first drop in seven years, the health ministry said Friday in a preliminary report. Although the total figure was down 8 percent from 2008, when it hit a record high 1,545, the health ministry said it remains cautious because the number of antibody tests conducted last year fell 15 percent.
Feb 13 Century-old ferry route linking Honshu with Shikoku to be closed (AP)
 A century-old ferry route linking once important gateways on Japan's Honshu and Shikoku islands will be closed next month amid sluggish business prospects for the shipping companies involved. Kokudo Ferry and Shikoku Ferry filed applications with local transportation authorities Friday to end their direct services between Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, and Uno, Okayama Prefecture, which were launched by now-defunct Japan National Railways in 1910.
Feb 13 Larvae of love: Japanese bug candy (CNN)
 Ah, Valentine's Day. Cynics around the world pooh-pooh the so-called holiday as a ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards. Others swear there's love in the air. It seems everyone has their own take. But nowhere has tradition been as firmly upended as it has in Japan, where it is somehow the woman's obligation to give chocolates to her man and not the other way around (that comes on White Day). Now a Japanese company has added a new twist: giving the gift of insects. In 2005, Komatsuya Honten, a bakery and confectionery shop located in Akita Prefecture, debuted a series of cakes and candies modeled on the larval and adult forms of kabuto-mushi -- the massive rhinoceros beetles native to the Japanese archipelago.
Feb 13 Prosecutors say sorry to Sugaya (Yomiuri)
 The sixth and final public hearing in the retrial of Toshikazu Sugaya, who was incarcerated for 17-1/2 years after being wrongly convicted of the 1990 murder of a 4-year-old girl, took place Friday at the Utsunomiya District Court, with prosecutors requesting Sugaya's acquittal and apologizing for forcing him to spend a long time in prison. It was the first public apology by prosecutors to Sugaya, 63, though the chief public prosecutor of the Utsunomiya District Public Prosecutors Office, Hideo Makuta, apologized in October during closed-door proceedings. In Friday's hearing, the prosecutors stated, "It's clear that Sugaya should be absolved [of the crime]."
Feb 13 Temples offering virtual visits to graves (Yomiuri)
 As the nation grays and people gravitate to big cities and leave their hometowns behind, new services that enable people to see live images of the graves of their loved ones online or access photographs of their loved ones via the Net are gaining in popularity. Several online services are available to subscribers, such as having photos of relatives who have died put online or providing access to live streamed videos of graves.
Feb 13 Motherless families to get aid under bill (Japan Times)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Cabinet endorsed a bill Friday intended to expand the scope of child allowance beneficiaries to cover not only low-income fatherless families but father-only ones as well, officials said. The government hopes to gain Diet approval for the bill in the current 150-day ordinary session, which started Jan. 18, with an eye to having the legislation take effect Aug. 1.
Feb 13 Poor aged moms grope to help adult offspring financially cope (Japan Times)
 While it is true that parenting is lifelong work, in Japan, some elderly mothers are struggling as they try to help their grownup sons and daughters make ends meet despite their own financial difficulties. There are increasing cases where elderly women living alone squeeze out their pension benefits - their only source of income in most cases - to financially support offspring who have seen their incomes fall or lost their jobs due to the tough economic situation.
Feb 13 Palace joggers a cottage industry (Japan Times)
 The 5 km-long run around the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo is known to many after-work joggers in the metropolitan area as a "sanctuary" because there are no traffic signals and the area is safe. Recently, facilities for joggers to change their work clothes to running gear and shower before they head home are mushrooming around the Imperial Palace to cater to their increasing numbers.
Feb 12 Chinese who camped in Tokyo's airport arrives home (Washington Post)
 A Chinese activist who spent more than three months camped inside Tokyo's international airport as part of a protest flew home to China on Friday and was allowed into the country. Feng Zhenghu arrived on a flight from Narita International Airport, where he camped from early November until last week to protest China's refusal to let him enter the country.
Feb 12 Japan's herbivorous ladylike men leaving macho ways behind (Irish Times)
 In Japan they call them herbivores, and on Saturday nights they come out to graze: a perfumed army of preening masculinity. Groomed and primped, hair teased to peacock-like attention, their habitat is the crowded city where they live in fear of commitment and the odd carnivorous female who preys on them. For much of this decade, the older men who drove this country to the top of the economic league tables have looked on in bewilderment at the foppish antics of the generation below.
Feb 12 Eating disorders seen rising among women (Yomiuri)
 Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, which are generally perceived as ones suffered by young women, have also been found among many middle-aged and older women. Eating disorders have often developed when young girls go on diets at puberty. Recently, however, an increasing number of middle-aged and older women, such as the 50-year-old woman, suffer from eating disorders.
Feb 12 Abducted girl planned to file police report on day of murder (Yomiuri)
 An 18-year-old girl temporarily abducted by her former boyfriend in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, had consulted police on about 10 occasions regarding his use of violence against her, and planned to file a police report Wednesday, the day he fatally stabbed her sister and a female friend, police said. According to the police, the youth, 18, confined his former girlfriend Saya Nanbu in a car and took her around the city and the neighboring city of Higashi-Matsushima after fatally stabbing her sister Misa, 20, and her friend Mikako Omori, 18, at about 6:40 a.m. at Saya's house. Saya was found to have suffered slight injury to her leg when the police found them and arrested the youth at about 1 p.m. that day.
By J.S. on Feb 18, 2010



Sponsored Link
Latest Articles
Sponsored Link
Sponsored Link
Monthly Archives
Link List
Online Counter
News Site Link