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Japan's penalty flop Komano to get medal
Reuters - Jul 2, 2010

Japan defender Yuichi Komano is poised to get a medal after his missed penalty kick led to the country's World Cup exit in the last 16. The governor of Komano's native Wakayama prefecture told Japanese media on Friday he wanted to present Komano with the medal for his efforts in South Africa. "We would like to present Komano with a medal for giving people such dreams and emotions," said Yoshinobu Nisaka Wakayama, who watched Japan's penalty shootout defeat by Paraguay at a public viewing area with Komano's mother. (Reuters)
Lexus engine woes may spur global recall
Japan Times - Jul 2, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. is considering a global recall of eight models, including its top-of-the-line Lexus LS460 sedan, due to possible engine failure, company officials said Thursday. Up to about 270,000 cars worldwide, including roughly 90,000 sold in Japan, could be subject to the recall due to fears that in the worst-case scenario the engine could quit while the car is in motion, the officials said. According to the sources, there have been cases in which engines in the affected models produce an unusual sound or suffer unstable idling because of component defects. (Japan Times)

Sony offers software fix to save melting VAIO computers
Japan Times - Jul 2, 2010

Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has started providing free software updates to more than half a million users worldwide to fix a glitch that could cause overheating in its popular VAIO laptops. No injuries have been reported, but the Tokyo-based electronics company said it has received 39 problem reports, including 26 in the U.S., with users complaining about the heat and distortion of the shape of their computers, the company said. The problem could affect 535,000 VAIO laptops worldwide, mainly U.S. users but also others in Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia. (Japan Times)

Japan receives warm welcome home from World Cup
Sports Illustrated - Jul 1, 2010

Japan's football team returned home to an enthusiastic reception on Thursday after having exceeded expectations at the World Cup. Thousands of fans waved flags that read "Thank You'' when greeting the squad at Kansai International Airport. Japan surprised many by beating Cameroon and Denmark in group matches before being defeated in a penalty shootout by Paraguay in the round of 16 on Tuesday. It was the first time Japan had reached the knockout stage of a World Cup on foreign soil. Japan also reached the second round when it co-hosted the 2002 tournament. (Sports Illustrated)

Increasing No. of gangsters seeking welfare benefits
AP - Jul 1, 2010

The number of gangsters who applied for welfare benefits despite a ban on such payments jumped in fiscal 2009 to 41 in Aichi Prefecture, amid the economic stalemate making them short of funds, police data showed Thursday. Following the ban imposed in 2006, the figure came to six in fiscal 14 in fiscal 2007 and 19 in fiscal 2008, but jumped in the fiscal year ended in March with most applicants hiding their backgrounds but some of them revealing that they want to leave gangs to get on welfare but cannot, they said. (AP)

Tokyo Disneyland reopens Michael Jackson's 3-D attraction
AP - Jun 30, 2010

Tokyo Disneyland on Thursday reopened a 3-D theater attraction featuring the late entertainment icon Michael Jackson for the first time in about 14 years. The theme park will run "Captain EO" for a limited time through June 30, 2011. The film starring Jackson, who died suddenly in June 2009, was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with George Lucas serving as its executive producer. (AP)

By J.S. on Jul 7, 2010

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