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Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album cover mystery a piece of Japanese history

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Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album cover mystery a piece of Japanese history
Japan Times - Jul 10, 2010

Who owns the Sony TV that appears on the cover of the Beatles' famous "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album? The long mystery was recently solved by Yasuharu Muramatsu, 47, curator of Okazaki City Mindscape Museum in Aichi Prefecture. He has an invoice apparently for the TV addressed to Paul McCartney. Released in 1967, "Sgt. Pepper" was recorded after the group returned from performing concerts at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo from June 30 to July 2 in 1966. July 2 marked the 44th anniversary of the Tokyo concerts - the Beatles' only visit to Japan. (Japan Times)
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(Tuned in: A small Sony TV appears near the letter "S" in the Beatles' name on the
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album cover.)

Schoolgirls arrested for setting home on fire in attempt to kill parents
Mainichi - Jul 9, 2010

Police are poised to arrest a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old classmate who have admitted having set fire to the girl's home, saying they intended to kill their parents, law enforcers said. The fire started in the predawn hours of July 9 and razed over one-third of the 80-square meter structure. At about 2:50 a.m. a local resident made an emergency call reporting a man in the burning home calling for help. (Mainichi)

Japanese railway staff trained in martial arts after spike in attacks
Telegraph Co UK - Jul 9, 2010
Japanese railway staff trained in martial arts after spike in <br /><br /><br />attacks

Railway companies across Japan are training their staff in martial arts and equipping them with pepper spray due to a sudden increase in the number of attacks on employees. Figures released this week by 25 railway firms show that there were 869 attacks on station staff or train crew in the fiscal year that ended in March, up 117 incidents from the previous year. That figure was a new record for the third consecutive year, the operators said. (telegraph.co.uk)

N.Zealand anti-whaling activist deported from Japan
AFP - Jul 10, 2010

New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune was deported from Japan on Friday after receiving a suspended two-year sentence for obstructing Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Bethune, 45, was sent home on an Air New Zealand flight which left Tokyo's Narita airport for Auckland at 6:22 pm (0922 GMT), airport spokesman Masaru Motoyama said. Bethune was convicted at Tokyo District Court on Wednesday on a number of charges including injuring a whaler by hurling a rancid butter stink bomb during the latest campaign by the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. (AFP)

DoCoMo plans new app platform for phones
AFP - Jul 10, 2010

Japan's number one mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo has said it will add a new application platform to its "i-mode" handsets this year as it tries to catch up with Apple's runaway iPhone success. NTT DoCoMo will allow third-party individuals to develop applications for the company's 50 million "i-mode" users, spokeswoman Makiko Furuta said. DoCoMo revolutionised Japan's mobile phone market with the 1999 launch of its i-mode service, which brought internet services to mobile phones. However, DoCoMo restricted the number of app developers, citing quality control issues. (AFP)

Google to enter e-book business in Japan in early 2011
AP - Jul 8, 2010

U.S. online search giant Google Inc. will enter the electronic book business in Japan early next year, allowing access to e-books through any instruments that are connected to the Internet, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday. The company currently offers a service called "Google books," enabling users to read up to 20 percent of a book for free on the Internet through digital images. Google obtains approval from publishers to offer books through the e-book service. (AP)

By J.S. on Jul 14, 2010

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