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Mercury hits 37.1 C in Hokkaido

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Mercury hits 37.1 C in Hokkaido
AP - Jun 26, 2010

The temperature rose slightly above the 37 C line Saturday on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, marking the highest temperature so far this year in Japan, a local weather observatory said. The mercury peaked at 37.1 C in the eastern Hokkaido town of Ashoro, the highest this year in Japan, 37 C in the city of Kitami, and 36 C in Obihiro, the regional observatory said. The prefectural capital Sapporo in western Hokkaido marked 31 C, prompting people in its landmark Odori Park to eat ice cream and children to bathe in a fountain. (AP)

Japanese told to go to bed an hour early to cut carbon emissions
Telegraph.Co.UK - Jun 24, 2010
Japanese told to go to bed an hour early to cut carbon emissions
(A typical family can reduce its carbon dioxide footprint by 85kg a year if everyone goes to
bed and gets up one hour earlier, according to the campaign)

The Japanese government has launched a campaign encouraging people to go to bed and get up extra early in order to reduce household carbon dioxide emissions. The Morning Challenge campaign, unveiled by the Environment Ministry, is based on the premise that swapping late night electricity for an extra hour of morning sunlight could significantly cut the nation's carbon footprint. A typical family can reduce its carbon dioxide footprint by 85kg a year if everyone goes to bed and gets up one hour earlier, according to the campaign. (telegraph.co.uk)

Japan fans hold sleepover to mark Michael Jackson's death anniversary
The Hindu - Jun 25, 2010
Munna Kesari, a Michael Jackson impersonator, dances in front of the media on the King of Pop's first death anniversary, in Hyderabad on Friday. Photo: AP.
(Munna Kesari, a Michael Jackson impersonator, dances in front of the media
on the King of Pop's first death anniversary, in Hyderabad on Friday)

Michael Jackson fans, some paying $1,000 for a sleepover among his possessions, swarmed to Tokyo Tower on Friday to commemorate the first anniversary of the singer's death with a candlelight vigil, gospel concert and silent prayer session. Matt Taylor, the event's organizer, said more than 10,000 fans applied for the 50 sleepover slots. He said proceeds would go to the estate, Jackson's mother and children and charities that he supported. He said the final 200 were chosen at random, and then the guests were screened by telephone interview to make sure they were emotionally stable. (The Hindu)

Casinos eyed for Narita Airport / Chiba governor proposes facilities just for foreign visitors
Yomiuri -  Jun 26, 2010

Discussions are heating up over the idea of building casinos next to Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture, even though legal revisions and other measures are still needed. Many local businesses believe the time is ripe and are quite keen on the plan, which was initiated by Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita to boost the appeal of Narita Airport over Haneda Airport, which is expanding its international services. Currently, a group of Diet members is considering submitting a legislator-sponsored bill to an extraordinary Diet session, expected to be convened in autumn, to legalize casinos in this country. (Yomiuri)

Smoke-free beach opens season in Kanagawa Pref.
AP - Jun 25, 2010

A beach in the city of Zushi in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, became the first beach Friday to open its bathing season in Japan's first prefecture to enact a basic smoking ban on its beaches, effective in May. As the prefectural ordinance bans smoking on beaches except for special smoking areas but carries no penalty, the roughly 600-meters-long sand beach has five roofed smoking areas and operators of seasonal seaside houses will patrol voluntarily to ask smokers to use them, one of them said. (AP)

Police arrest ex-sumo wrestler for blackmailing Kotomitsuki
AP - Jun 25, 2010
Tokyo police arrested a former sumo wrestler Thursday on suspicion of extorting around 3.5 million yen from ozeki Kotomitsuki in connection with illegal gambling on professional baseball games. The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Mitsutomo Furuichi, the 38-year-old brother of an active wrestler of the Onomatsu stable who has admitted involvement in gambling. According to the police, Furuichi described himself as a former gang member. He has admitted to receiving 3.5 million yen in cash from Kotomitsuki but has denied it was hush money, saying it was a reward for collecting winnings due to the wrestler, who holds the second- highest rank of the top division. (AP)

By J.S. on June 30, 2010
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