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'Japan Week' kicks off at Shanghai Expo, Hatoyama celebrates
AP - June 11, 2010

The Shanghai World Expo marked "Japan Day" on Saturday, commencing a weeklong series of events to introduce classical and contemporary Japanese arts and culture to visitors from China and other parts of the world. In his capacity as special envoy for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama attended a ceremony at the Expo site to mark Japan's national pavilion day and promote Japan's cultural diplomacy. Hatoyama is scheduled to meet senior Chinese officials and visit the Japan Pavilion, the China Pavilion, the Japan Industry Pavilion and the Osaka Pavilion. He will also attend an event involving Japanese singer Shinji Tanimura, who teaches at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. (AP)
High school girl stabbed 10 times by stranger on street
Mainichi - June 12, 2010

A high school girl was seriously injured after being stabbed more than 10 times by a stranger on a street, police said. At around 8:15 p.m. on June 11, a passer-by found the girl -- a 17-year-old third-year student at a local high school -- bleeding near a park in Ichinomiya and asking for help, and called an ambulance, local police said. She was rushed to a hospital where she was diagnosed with serious wounds to her chest, neck, back and other parts of her body. (Mainichi)

Disease threatens Japan's beef trade
New York Times - June 11, 2010

It is a calamity for this quiet cattle community. A prized black calf born last fall will soon be killed, part of the mass destruction of livestock in Japan's battle against its worst foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in at least a century. The epidemic threatens to ravage the country's trade in prime marbled beef, considered a delicacy in this country. Miyazaki, on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, is one of Japan's top beef producers and sends calves to other cattle-producing regions across the country, including the area that produces the famed Kobe brand. (New York Times)

Aborigines to view Japanese spacecraft on landing
Reuters - June 12, 2010

Australian Aborigines will be among the first to view a Japanese space probe after it crashes to Earth in the outback this weekend, to ensure it does not affect sacred sites, officials said Friday. In a nod from the space age to an ancient era, traditional Aboriginal land owners will travel with Japanese, Australian and US officials to view the asteroid-chasing Hayabusa capsule after it lands in South Australia early on Monday. Scientists hope the Japanese craft -- which has been hit by technical delays -- has managed to gather the first ever fragments from a moving asteroid, material which could reveal vital clues about the Universe. (Reuters)

No drinking off Okinawa bases after midnight
Japan Times - June 12, 2010

U.S. forces in Okinawa on Friday banned their service members from patronizing off-base establishments that sell alcohol after midnight in response to a series of alcohol-related incidents and accidents involving them earlier this year. The military will also consider expanding the area it patrols for unruly behavior by its personnel. The measure, which affects men and women in all U.S. branches of service in Okinawa, including the Marine Corps, prohibits them from patronizing after midnight off-base bars and clubs selling alcoholic beverages. (Japan Times)

Japan PM warns of Greece-like debt crisis
Forbes - June 11, 2010

New Prime Minister Naoto Kan warns Japan could face a debt crisis like Greece's if it doesn't deal urgently with its swelling national debt. Kan, speaking in his first address to Parliament after taking office this week, said Friday that Japan, the world's second-largest economy, cannot continue to rely on issuing bonds to pay off its debts as its coffers shrink amid an aging and declining population. (Forbes)

By J.S. on June 16, 2010

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