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Jun 05Making light work of the 'combinaisons' fad (Mainichi)
"Combinaisons," a French term for boiler-suit type of one-piece clothing, are in fashion now. Combinaisons used to be worn mainly by young men. But loose-fitting, denim combinaisons have become widely popular among young women since last year, replacing one-piece dresses that had previously been firm favorites. With more varieties of designs, colors, patterns and fabrics available this season, combinaisons have been featured in many fashion magazines and blogs.
Jun 05J-pop group SMAP cancels event at Shanghai World Expo(AP)
The Shanghai World Expo Coordination Bureau said Saturday on its official website that it has cancelled an event by the Japanese pop group SMAP scheduled for June 13 at the Expo Cultural Center. The bureau said the appearance by the five-member group was cancelled for "security considerations" given the large number of fans expected. It was to be SMAP's first appearance overseas as a group since it was formed in 1988, according to the group's agent, Johnny and Associates, Inc.
Jun 05Imperial Household Agency demands publisher apologize, correct article(AP)
The Imperial Household Agency has asked publisher Shinchosha for an apology and correction after a weekly magazine article alleged that the agency had suggested to Princess Aiko's school that it add medication to the school meals of unruly boys to calm them down, which the agency described as a "baseless and malicious" accusation, a senior official of the agency said Friday. Issei Nomura, grand master of the crown prince's household at the agency, told a regular press conference that the protest was lodged Thursday over an article carried in "Shukan Shincho" weekly magazine, which hit store shelves the same day.
Jun 05Father given suspended prison term for injuring baby daughter(AP)
An Osaka court on Friday sentenced a 24-year-old father to three years in prison, suspended for five years, for seriously injuring his baby daughter by violently shaking her at their home in Osaka Prefecture last August. In the ruling, Judge Daimei Takeuchi of the Osaka District Court's Sakai branch said "the injury of the victim is critical and serious as she is most likely to suffer aftereffects such as motor disabilities." But the judge in explaining why he was giving a suspended term, told Akito Usui that he needs to take care of his daughter, who is likely to be handicapped for the rest of her life, to make up for what he had done to her.
Jun 05Disconsolate Johns' 'fuzoku loss' provides new fodder for head shrinkers(Tokyo Reporter)
When a person's dog dies, cat collapses, parakeet poops out or goldfish goes belly up, grief, confusion, anger, guilt and depression often result. These are said to be typical symptoms of "pet loss" following the death of a beloved animal friend. In the latest installment of an ongoing column series by a veteran "pink" reporter, titled "Fuzokukai no Yami" (the darkness of the world of the sex trade), Nikkan Gendai (June 3) looks into a similar phenomenon it has termed "fuzoku loss."
Jun 05Seven more sue over '68 mass food poisoning(Japan Times)
Seven more officially recognized victims of a 1968 food poisoning outbreak in western Japan filed a suit Friday seeking \77 million in damages from Kanemi Soko K.K., the maker of the contaminated cooking oil at the center of the incident. The seven plaintiffs - from Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures - claim they developed skin disorders, deformities and other abnormalities after consuming Kanemi rice bran cooking oil contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyl and other substances.
Jun 05Haishima - abandoned islands (Japan Times)
It's springtime on the island and the fishermen have their boats up on stays above the water. During high tide, they can drive their boats onto the stay and tie it down. As the tide goes out, the boat is left on the stay, exposing the bottom of the boat for cleaning. As they scrape off the fuzzy green winter coat that has grown on the bottom, the old red paint underneath it comes off too, staining the sea blood-red. This is how it has always been, a colorful sea rainbow of cleansing, vitality and environmental hazard.
Jun 04Confined teenage boy only given bread, plain noodles since fall(Reuters)
A 15-year-old boy who was confined in the toilet room of his home in Tokyo for 11 days by his mother and her boyfriend in February and rescued later has told police they gave him only bread and plain noodles for his meals since last fall, investigative sources said Friday. The Metropolitan Police Department sent papers on 47-year-old Mayumi Nakashima, the mother, and 34-year-old Teruhisa Kawasaki, the boyfriend, to prosecutors the same day on suspicion of physical abuse and neglect. According to the police, the boy, who is about 165 centimeters tall, weighed only 40 kilograms or less when he was rescued Feb. 14.
Jun 04Japan's wizard of wanking to forgo world competition (Tokyo Reporter)
Recent surveys by a British condom manufacturer have indicated that the frequency that Japanese people engage in sex is the lowest in the world. As a means of raising national pride in light of this dubious distinction, Shukan Asahi Geino (June 10) would like to introduce Masanobu Sato, a senior director at adult toy company Tenga. For two consecutive years Sato has earned the title of "the man who has massaged his 'son' for the longest period of time on the planet" at the World Masturbate-a-Thon in San Francisco, a competition that he will not enter this year.
Jun 04Buddhist priests team up in bid to lower sky-high suicide rate (Japan Times)
Buddhist priest Eiichi Shinohara is at the forefront of a nationwide campaign to prevent suicides, which last year surpassed 30,000 for the 12th consecutive year since 1998. The 65-year-old priest from Chojuin Temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, heads Jisatsu Boushi (Suicide Prevention) Network, a nonprofit groups set up by priests of various Buddhist sects in March 2009.
Jun 04Lawyer stabbed to death in office by man wielding survival knife(Mainichi)
A 42-year-old lawyer died after being stabbed at his office here on Wednesday, police said. Police received an emergency call from a clerk at Yokohama Mirai legal office in Yokohama's Naka Ward at around 2:40 p.m., saying that a man with a knife had broken into the office. Police officers with the Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Kagacho Police Station rushed to the scene to find lawyer Yoshihiro Maeno lying on the floor bleeding. He was transferred to hospital, but died at around 4 p.m. the same day.
Jun 03Woman says she assaulted girl who 'showed off' happiness (AP)
A 32-year-old woman under arrest for allegedly stabbing an 8-year-old girl in Osaka in May has told investigators the girl had "showed off" her happiness with her parents when the unemployed assailant was living on the street, police sources said Thursday. The suspect, Setsuka Tamaki, has also told the investigators she first wanted to kill her boyfriend in his 60s who had turned a cold shoulder to her, but could not do so. Tamaki, a resident of Osaka's Sumiyoshi Ward, was also quoted as saying she thought she could kill a child even if she could not kill the adult boyfriend.
Jun 03Mother arrested over 11-day confinement of 15-yr-old son (AP)
A 47-year-old woman and her 34-year-old boyfriend have been arrested on suspicion of confining her 15-year-old son in the toilet of her home in Tokyo for a total of 11 days earlier this year, police said Thursday. Police investigating the case said the then third-year junior high school student is believed to have been subjected to regular physical abuse. He had a fractured skull, a broken nose, and bruises all over his body, they said. Mayumi Nakashima and her boyfriend, Teruhisa Kawasaki, are alleged to have confined her son in the toilet of her home in Nerima Ward on two occasions -- for a total of 11 days -- in February. They apparently nailed the toilet shut after giving him bread, sugar blocks and water.
Jun 03Patrol officer arrested over child prostitution (AP)
A 26-year-old patrol officer with Kanagawa prefectural police was arrested Thursday for allegedly paying a 17-year-old high school student for sex in violation of the child prostitution law, police said. Toshinori Sai, who says the girl told him she was 18, admitted contacting her via an Internet bulletin board where she had posted a notice saying she was looking for a boyfriend, according to the police. He is suspected of paying the girl, who is now 18, 20,000 yen to have sex in a parked car in Yokohama. The arrest came a little over a week after the Kanagawa police on May 26 sent papers to prosecutors on a 30-year-old officer on a similar charge involving a junior high school third-grader. The officer resigned from the force the same day.
Jun 03Police lose track of 200 released child-sex offenders (AP)
The National Police Agency was unable to confirm the whereabouts of 200 people who had been released after serving time for child-sex offences as of the end of May, data compiled by the agency showed Thursday. The number comprises 27 percent of the 740 former inmates jailed for sex offences about whom the Justice Ministry passed information to the agency in the five years since June 2005. The ministry started releasing the names and address of persons convicted of sex offences against children aged 13 or younger to the police agency, after the kidnapping and murder in 2004 of a 7-year-old girl in Nara Prefecture by a man with a history of sex attacks on young girls.
Jun 03In Japan: A sense of cinema (Business Mirror)
I just came from Kamakura, a place that we love (or at least, those who love things Japanese) to think of in terms of samurai and the lore of loyalty. There's a validity in that tendency: Kamakura was in the 12th century the capital that nurtured the Shogunate that wielded power over a massive area even as the emperor remained in Kyoto and appeared to be the ultimate authority. Minamoto no Yoritomo, it is said, consolidated his power here, after his clan's defeat from the powerful Taira clan. Trees would play a significant role in the narrative of the shogunate. Minamoto no Yoritomo hid in the hollowed trunk of a tree to escape the enemies.
Jun 02High school boy dies following assault by plumber at convenience store parking lot (Mainichi)
A 19-year-old plumber was arrested Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a high school boy who later died at his home here. The plumber stands accused of injuring a 16-year-old high school boy at the parking lot of a convenience store in Fukuoka's Jonan Ward at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, by repeatedly punching the boy in the face, knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the face. The boy later died, and police are investigating the incident as a possible case of inflicting bodily injury resulting in death.
Jun 02'Sex and the City 2' premieres in Tokyo Japan (examiner.com)
'Sex and the City 2' started its Asia tour with the first stop being in Japan. There, the press junket had actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Kim Cattrall all on center stage. Dressed in a whole new wardrobe, the ladies looked incredible as they gave the scoop of the movie. Looking at their designer fashions, there wasn't any chance we had seen the famous foursome in high fashion before. Each of the actresses looked absolutely stunning and poised as though they were royalty.
Jun 02Holdout singles stalling birthrate (Japan Times)
Japan's low birthrate has accelerated the graying population. According to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, the past 29 years have seen a continuous decline in the number of people under age 15. There were just 17 million of them as of April, down 190,000 from a year ago. The nation's total fertility rate - the number of children a woman would bear throughout her life if she follows the age-specific fertility rates of a given year - was only 1.37 in 2008, although it has been slightly increasing since 2005, when it hit a record low 1.26.
Jun 02Man held for killing girlfriend's baby(Japan Times)
A 22-year-old male care worker was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing a 3-month-old boy in his apartment in Okinawa, police said. According to prefectural police, Shinichi Gaja head-butted the son of his domestic partner several times and threw him on a mattress by his legs Saturday while the mother was at work.
Jun 02Japan's oldest dancer Ohno dies at 103 (AP)
Japan's oldest and internationally acclaimed Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno died of respiratory failure Tuesday at a hospital in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, his office said. He was 103. A native of Hakodate, Hokkaido, Ohno joined the dance studio led by Baku Ishii in 1933 and learned modern dance. After a break from dancing during World War II, he gave his first Tokyo performance in 1949. His encounter with Tatsumi Hijikata and his "Ankoku Butoh" (Dance of Utter Darkness), as well as influences from modern dance, led him to establish a style of dancing called Butoh, characterized by white facial and body paint and slow movements.
Jun 01200-yen Keirin cycling bet nets record winning of over 159 million yen(Mainichi)
A 200-yen bet on a Keirin cycling race on Sunday brought in a record dividend of 159,787,340 yen for one lucky person here. The record dividend was registered at the Hakodate Keirin track for a "Big Dream" bet, in which betters buy tickets hoping they match who finishes in the top two spots in each of the last four races of the day. Only one ticket correctly named the winners.
Jun 01On the scent of Guinness record for oldest living dog(Yomiuri)
At first glance, Pusuke might not look like a particularly special dog--a humble male mixed-breed owned by a housewife in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture. But the seemingly common canine is now 25 years old, a life span so extraordinary that he may be recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living dog. Pusuke is so long in the tooth that his age in "dog years" is equivalent to more than 120 years for a human. His owner, Yumiko Shinohara, 41, will soon begin the application process to have him certified as a world record holder. Guinness currently lists the oldest living dog as an Australian Kelpie living in Melbourne that, as of March, was 21 years and 3 months old.
Jun 01Male care worker arrested for killing baby (AP)
A 22-year-old male care worker was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing a 3-month old baby boy at his apartment in Okinawa, police said. According to the Okinawa prefectural police, Shinichi Gaja head-butted the head of the infant son of his domestic partner several times and threw him on a mattress by his legs in their apartment Saturday while the baby's mother was at work. Gaja admitted to the allegations, saying, "I have had financial difficulties, and took out my irritation" on the baby, the police said.
May 31Growing number of wives who favor staying at home: gov't survey (AP)
The proportion of wives who favor a traditional domestic role is increasing, mainly among people in their 20s, a government survey showed Monday. The survey, conducted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in July covered 13,000 households and analyzed responses from 6,069 married women aged up to 69. According to the results of the fourth such survey, conducted every five years, 45 percent of the total supported the view that husbands should work outside of the home while wives should attend to housework, reversing a downward trend from the first survey in 1993, when the figure stood at 53.6 percent, to the third survey in 2003, when it stood at 41.1 percent.
May 31The ride's over for Japan's oldest rooftop amusement park (Mainichi)
Japan's oldest rooftop amusement park in Tokyo was set to close its doors on Monday night. The amusement park, dubbed "Playland," opened in 1931 on the 2,650-squre-meter rooftop of the seven-story Matsuya Asakusa Department Store in Taito Ward, along with the grand opening of the department store building. Since then, it has been noted as a Tokyo landmark, becoming a model for other department stores' rooftop amusement parks across the country.
May 31Girl disarms robber, helps police catch him by setting up fake date (Mainichi)
A man armed with a knife who attempted to rob a high school girl was arrested after the girl first disarmed him, then managed to get his cell phone e-mail address by pretending to agree to a date, police said. Ikuya Mori, 20, an employee at a video shop from Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery on Monday after he tried to use a knife to threaten an 18-year-old girl for money. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations.
May 31Woman's arm severed by speeding bullet train in Hiroshima (Mainichi)
A woman's arm was cut off when she was struck by a bullet train passing through a station here after she climbed down to the tracks, officials said. The No. 16 Nozomi bullet train hit the woman at about 9:55 a.m. on Monday as it sped though Onomichi Station on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen line. Her left arm was severed in the accident, but her injuries were not life-threatening, local fire department officials said.
By J.S. on June 10, 2010

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