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Old vs. new in Japan tourist push
May 7, 2010 by New York Times

A dolphin pool, a penguin park and a giant wave pool could soon join the imperial-era townhouses and ancient Buddhist temples in Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. As early as June, work will begin on a mammoth aquarium complex in central Kyoto, in leafy Umekoji Park at the center of the city. Developers say the project, a brainchild of Orix Real Estate, will breathe life into Kyoto's tourism industry by attracting more than two million visitors a year. But to opponents, the proposed aquarium, set to open in 2012, is misguided and threatens to destroy the city's historic ambience. (New York Times)

(Japan draws in relatively few tourists with sites like Gion, a geisha district in Kyoto.
The nation is torn about how to attract more.)

Japan finds mercury, no illness, in dolphin-hunting town
May 8, 2010 by AFP

Japanese researchers said Friday they had found high mercury levels in residents of the dolphin-hunting town of Taiji, featured in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove", but no cases of related illness. The toxic heavy metal is concentrated in the food chain and can be absorbed by humans when they eat predator species such as dolphin, whose meat has been served in shops and, in the past, school lunches in Japan. A survey of some 1,000 Taiji residents found high mercury levels in the hair of some, but found no-one who had fallen ill as a result. (AFP)
Subaru Legacy named Japan's safest car
May 7, 2010 by theautochannel.com

The 2010 Subaru Legacy has been officially named 'Japan's safest car', after being awarded the Grand Prix 09/10 in Japan's New Car Assessment Programme (JNCAP). This is the third consecutive year in which a Subaru vehicle has taken the jury's top honours. Following in the footsteps of the Impreza in 2007 and the Forester in 2008, the Subaru Legacy was the only vehicle out of the 17 tested to receive the coveted award. (theautochannel.com)

Crackdown nets 77 gropers on Tokyo trains
May 7, 2010 by Yomiuri

A special police task force nabbed 77 gropers on trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area in just one week in mid-April, according to the National Police Agency. During the crackdown from April 15 to 21, about 120 officers from the NPA and the Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectural police targeted trains where groping is known to be a problem. The police arrested 49 people on suspicion of indecent assault, and sent papers on 28 people to prosecutors after questioning them on a voluntary basis. Twenty-nine of the 77 had previously been caught molesting train passengers. (Yomiuri)

Haneda airport, JAL rank 1st on on-time arrival lists

May 6, 2010 by AP 

Tokyo's Haneda airport and Japan Airlines topped the on-time arrival lists for airports and airlines in 2009, according to a recently released report by U.S.-based information services company Conducive Technology Corp. According to the report covering 48 airports and 40 airlines, 90.78 percent of passengers traveling to Haneda airport and 90.95 percent of flights operated by JAL arrived no more than 15 minutes later than scheduled. (AP)

Porn star Miyabi's movie premieres in Jakarta
May 6, 2010 by Jakarta Globe

It had all the elements of a remarkable story - a Japanese porn star, the film industry, an allegedly outraged nation and Islamic extremists promising revenge - but in the end was a flop. The screening of the controversial movie "Menculik Miyabi" ("Kidnapping Miyabi") premiered on Thursday at FX Mall in South Jakarta without any protests by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), the nation's self-appointed 'moral guardians' who had expressed concerns at the appearance of porn actress Maria Ozawa a.k.a. Miyabi. Though the audience comprised mainly local celebrities, university students and reporters, members of the notorious group had been expected to attempt to infiltrate the premier. (Jakarta Globe)

By J.S. on May 12, 2010

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