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Will Edo Castle's tower rise again?

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Will Edo Castle's tower rise again?
Japan Times - Jul 18, 2010

What does Tokyo have as a genuine landmark? Well, there's 52-year-old Tokyo Tower, but that's not the draw it once was. Or there's Tokyo Sky Tree, which, at 603 meters high, is set to be the world's tallest broadcasting tower when it's completed soon. But so what? What Tokyo really needs is a historical monument symbolizing the essence of the Japanese spirit, culture and lifestyle, argues a Tokyo-based citizens' group whose aim is to rebuild what it considers the ultimate symbol of Tokyo: the main tower of Edo Castle. (Japan Times)
Tepco braces for power surge as heat wave nears
Japan Times - Jul 17, 2010

Weather patterns that caused heat waves from New York to China may bring above-normal temperatures to Tokyo this month, prompting Tokyo Electric Power Co. to predict a surge in power demand for cooling homes and offices. The jet stream, which moves from the west to east, is meandering in an unusual pattern this year and causing heat waves, said Hisashi Nakamura, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Tokyo. The Meteorological Agency has forecast hotter weather in the Tokyo region in the week starting Sunday. (Japan Times)

Ex-star of sumo seen with mobster
Japan Times - Jul 17, 2010

Sumo stablemaster and former grand champion Takanohana met with a yakuza member in Ehime Prefecture in early June, prefectural police sources said Friday, revealing what could be another example of ties between the mob and the ancient sport. The sources said Takanohana, also a member of the Japan Sumo Association board, at the time was on a visit to the prefecture to recruit new apprentices. Takanohana, who ranks fifth on the all-time list with 22 tournament victories, had dinner with around 15 people, mostly parents of local junior high school students, during his trip. (Japan Times)



Japanese treasure hunter abducted
MSNBC - Jul 17, 2010

Gunmen abducted a Japanese man who claimed to be a medical doctor also engaged in treasure hunting on a remote southern Philippine island, but it was not known if al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants were involved, a regional military commander said Saturday. Lt. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command, said Amer Mamaito Katayama was reported snatched by at least 10 gunmen in the village of Bangkilay on southern Sulu province's Pangutaran island township. Katayama lived for some time in the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur province on the main southern Philippine island of Mindanao before moving to Pangutaran in 2004, Dolorfino said. (MSNBC)

Snaking winds may bring New York heat wave to Tokyo
BusinessWeek - Jul 16, 2010


Weather patterns that caused heat waves from New York to China may bring above-normal temperatures to Tokyo this month, prompting Japan's largest utility to predict a surge in power demand for cooling homes and offices. A narrow band of strong winds in the atmosphere, known as the Jet Stream, which moves from the west to east is meandering in an unusual pattern this year and causing heat waves, said Hisashi Nakamura, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Tokyo. The city had its warmest day of the year today and the Japan Meteorological Agency has forecast hotter weather in the Tokyo region for the week starting July 18. (BusinessWeek)

Sushi-hungry Japan sells monster tuna
AFP - Jul 17, 2010

A monster tuna caught off Japan turned heads at a Tokyo fish market Friday, where the 445 kilogram (981 pound) bluefin -- the biggest caught here since 1986 -- sold for 3.2 million yen (36,700 dollars). "Many of the people who work at the market have never seen a tuna that big," said an official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which runs the Tsukiji fish market, the world's biggest seafood market. The fish, which was auctioned at 7,200 yen per kilogram, had already been gutted and cleaned of its gills, meaning it must have weighed more when it was caught off Nagasaki prefecture this week, the official said. (AFP)

By J.S. on July 22, 2010
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