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Snow falls in Tokyo, matches 1969 record for season's latest snowfall
Apr 16, 2010 by AP

Snow fell in central Tokyo on Saturday as the mercury plunged, matching the 1969 record for the season's latest snowfall, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Snow also fell in other areas in the Kanto-Koshin regions mainly in the early hours, with 16 centimeters accumulating in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, 18 cm in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture and 3 cm in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture as of 5 a.m. Saturday's snow in central Tokyo, Yokohama, Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture and some other areas matched the record for the latest snowfall logged April 17, 1969. (AP)
Hollywood pics move to dubbing in Japan
Apr 16, 2010 by Variety

In a push to attract younger auds to Hollywood pics, Paramount Japan has taken the unusual step of dubbing nearly half of the prints for current release "Shutter Island." It seems that not only do younger filmgoers prefer not to read, but the spate of 3D releases is harder to appreciate while reading subtitles at the same time. Japan has long been a theatrical market where subtitles rule for all but kid-targeted toons and live-action pics such as the "Harry Potter" series. Foreign pics on network TV, however, are commonly dubbed. (Variety)

Japanese population declines by record 180,000 to 127.51 mil.
Apr 16, 2010 by AP

Japan's estimated population decreased for the second year in a row, declining by a record 183,000, or 0.14 percent, from a year earlier to 127,510,000 as of Oct. 1, 2009, government data showed Friday. It was the third year-on-year decline in Japan's population since 1950 when comparable data became available, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said in a report. Japan's population previously declined twice -- in 2005 by 19,000, or 0.01 percent, and in 2008 by 79,000, or 0.06 percent. (AP)
Over 20 flights to Europe cancelled as volcanic ash closes airports
Apr 16, 2010 by foxbusiness.com

More than 20 flights bound for Europe from Japan were cancelled Friday as ash drifting from a volcano in Iceland forced the closure of many airports in neighboring countries. Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways as well as British Airways and other European carriers cancelled flights to London, Frankfurt, Paris and a few other cities. Flights from these European cities to the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, served respectively by Narita, Chubu and Kansai airports, have also been cancelled. (foxbusiness.com)
New volume of Murakami novel goes on sale in Japan
Apr 16, 2010 by AP

Eager fans waited in drizzling rain Friday to buy the third volume of Haruki Murakami's best-selling, multi-part novel "1Q84" and learn if its main characters - long-ago schoolmates now searching for each other - would be reunited. Publisher Shinchosha said 500,000 copies would hit bookstores on the first day of sales in Japan and 200,000 more copies would be printed this month. Television images showed 30 people in line outside one Tokyo bookstore. Like many of Murakami's previous best-sellers, "1Q84" is a complex and surreal narrative. The story shifts between two characters, a young Japanese man and woman who knew each other as schoolmates but parted. (AP)

Head found floating in bay, torso found Wednesday ID'd
Apr 16, 2010 by Japan Times

A human head suspected to be that of a dismembered woman was found floating Thursday near a pier in Hakata Bay in the city of Fukuoka, police said. Also Thursday, a human torso found in almost the same spot the day before was identified through DNA analysis as that of Fukuoka office worker Reiko Moroga, 32, who went missing after leaving work March 5, according to the police. The police suspect the head may also be that of the woman. (Japan Times)

By J.S. on Apr 21, 2010

tag : Japanese Social News



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