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Jul 24Japanese city holds water splashing ceremony to call for water saving (Xinhua)
Japan's coastal city Yokohama on Friday held a water splashing ceremony in Chinatown. The event was aimed to raise people's awareness of saving water and react to heat island effect. The ceremony began at a Mazu temple in the famous tourist spot. Young people, dressed in both traditional Chinese clothes and Japanese attire, splashed water along the main street of the town despite the sizzling heat in the afternoon. The city saw a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius on Friday amid heat waves troubling the country in large recently.
Jul 24Get Zen and go nude in Japan(news-mail.com.au)
Popping out of an alleyway to see a white-faced geisha shuffling along in her clogs was undoubtedly a Kyoto highlight. But you have to be quick to get a good photo; those slender Japanese girls can work up a real pace flitting around the narrow streets of Gion. You might get two at once or two in quick succession but, more likely than not, one will just pop out unexpectedly and disappear just as quickly, so you have to keep your eyes peeled. The best time to catch them is 6pm to 8.30pm daily. But Kyoto is full of unexpected delights. Who would have thought a city renowned for its temples and known as "traditional" Japan would greet its train passengers with a huge Astro boy atop a Kyoto sign?
Jul 24Social withdrawal often triggered by work: gov't study (AP)
Cases of social withdrawal in which people do not leave their homes and communicate only with their families are often triggered by work, according to a government survey released Friday by the Cabinet Office. As the survey showed that 23.7 percent of such people began to withdraw in their 30s, the office said the phenomenon, which has been a social issue for some time in Japan and is often connected to school truancy, is also attributable to workplace relations.
Jul 23Sumo world's connection to mob begins in university (Tokyo Reporter)
With the Nagoya tournament now underway, Flash (July 27) reports that the ties between sumo and the criminal underworld run much deeper than simply the recent revelations that wrestlers frequently gamble on baseball games and provide seats to matches. Sources tell the tabloid that relationships are nurtured from the university level. "A senior level member of Kudo-kai, which is a subsidiary of the Yamaguchi-gumi, happens to like and support one particular wrestler," explains a person from within the sumo world. "That wrestler is a Nihon University alumnus and that has helped to foster the connection with the yakuza." Flash notes that Nihon University's sumo division is known for bringing up wrestlers like (ex-yokozuna) Wajima and Mainoumi. There are five oyakata (stablemasters) and seven wrestlers currently active in sumo.
Jul 23Hanks turns TV spotlight on Pacific War (Japan Times)
While many films have explored World War II in Europe, from D-Day to the Holocaust to the French resistance, and myriad other aspects as well, the Pacific theater has largely been overlooked, only rarely examined on screen in much detail. Executive producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, as well as a bevy of directors, writers and actors, hope to remedy this inequity with "The Pacific." The monumental 10-part miniseries goes "under the helmet" to follow the intersecting experiences of three U.S. Marines as they fight against Japan.
Jul 22Japanese Gyaru Group Marches For Tampons (Japan Probe)
An Asahi Shimbun video of an promotional event for tampons held in Harajuku recently: Apparently Unicharm corporation gathered 100 gyaru ("gals") to wear t-shirts and carry fans promoting their "Pon-Katsu" campaign. It should be no surprise that this clip of the bizarre event is near the top of the most-viewed list on YouTube Japan this morning.
Jul 22Smoking bans barely progressing (Japan Times)
Regarding the July 4 editorial "Quiet change in Japan": Forgive me for being less impressed than the editorial writer with progress against smoking in Japan. The conclusion that Japan has largely become a smoke-free zone would surely escape visitors to Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. Here, smoking is still legal on sidewalks and the crowded walkways are full of arms swinging lit cigarettes at the level of a child's head. Meanwhile, smokers' spent stubs litter the ground.
Jul 21Neighbors, more than kin, face onus of keeping tabs on seniors (Japan Times)
Retired cabby Juzo Omata, 65, was depressed and lonely when he tried to hang himself. His suicide attempt failed only because the tree he selected couldn't take his weight. Now he says he has new friends. He started visiting the Iki Iki Salon cafe run by a Chiba municipality where elderly people congregate and chat over \100 coffee. Omata, who recently moved to a public housing complex in Tokiwa Daira, Chiba Prefecture, from Tokyo, now feels he can go on living.
Jul 21Elderly living alone increasingly dying the same way (Japan Times)
Die unnoticed and in two months all that is left is the stench, a rotting corpse and maggots. And this is not a war zone or even an episode of "CSI." As Japan's population rapidly ages and more seniors find themselves living on their own, many are also dying alone, victims of "kodokushi" (lonely death) who only get noticed well after the fact. Kodokushi has neither an official definition nor data, but just in Tokyo, people over 65 who died alone in their residence, including by suicide, stood at 2,211 in 2008, compared with 1,364 in 2002, according to the Tokyo Medical Examiner's Office.
Jul 20Nicolas Cage sends fans wild in Japan (monstersandcritics.com)
Nicolas Cage touched down in Tokyo where he was greeted by hundreds of screaming fans. The star, who is in the Far East to promote The Sorcerer's Apprentice, signed autographs for fans as he made his way out of the terminal. He coincidentally arrived just hours after Leonardo DiCaprio - and surprisingly had a higher turnout to welcome him to The Land Of The Rising Sun.
Jul 20N.Korean ex-spy and jet bomber in Japan (AFP)
A former North Korean spy responsible for the 1987 bombing of a Korean Air jetliner flew to Japan Tuesday to meet the families of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents, a report said. Kim Hyon Hui, who arrived on a government-chartered flight from South Korea, where she lives, will meet relatives of Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi, the Kyodo news agency said, quoting government sources. Shortly after the bombing that killed all 115 people aboard the Korean Air jetliner, Kim was arrested in Bahrain and sent to South Korea. She was sentenced to death in 1989 for her role in the bombing but was freed later under a presidential pardon.
Jul 20Immigration procedures face huge shakeup (Japan Times)
As of July 1, there are big changes afoot for the laws governing foreign residency in Japan. Not since 1990, when the categories of residence increased from 18 to 27, has the Ministry of Justice's Immigration Bureau undergone such a wholesale reordering of its operations. What's coming up? Aside from a number of smaller revisions, there will be an extension of the maximum length of permission to reside in Japan from three years to five, the abolishment of the re-entry stamp system required to leave the country and return, and - most significantly - the replacement of the Alien Registration Card issued by ward offices with a new Resident Card to be managed by the Immigration Bureau.
Jul 20Another hair test sought for woman on death row for curry poisoning (Japan Times)
Lawyers for a woman sentenced to death for killing four people in 1998 by poisoning curry at a festival in Wakayama have asked for a reanalysis of her hair, saying earlier tests that found arsenic in a hair sample were erroneous, sources said Monday. The lawyers for Masumi Hayashi, 48, filed the request with the Wakayama District Court in March, the sources said.
Jul 20A decade of harassment by Tokyo police(Japan Times)
Dear Minister of Justice Keiko Chiba, I'm a 45-year-old African-American expat living and working in Tokyo. I've been the victim of police harassment for over 10 years. I'm continuously being stopped while riding my bike for ID checks. I'm living in Tokyo in the Setagaya area, and the police that work from Himonya Police Station in Tokyo, which covers the Himonya, Setagaya and Takaban areas, are the ones who have been harassing me. I've lived in this area for a long time - long enough for every cop that works from that station to know my face and who I am. I'm pretty much the only black guy in the area.
Jul 206 dead, 5 in serious condition due to water accidents across Japan (AP)
Six people died, five others were in serious condition and one went missing Monday following water accidents across Japan, as many people took to the outdoors as temperatures soared to 35 C or higher in many parts of the archipelago, according to authorities. In Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, 6-year-old Jo Takahashi died after being swept away at the mouth of a river which he was visiting with his family, while Tomonori Kawano, a 33-year-old company employee, drowned at Tokyo's Kasai Rinkai Park in a waterfront area along the Tokyo Bay.
Jul 19Illegal casinos in Tokyo under scrutiny after sumo betting scandal (Tokyo Reporter)
With the illegal gambling activities of sumo wrestlers having been duly exposed in recent weeks, Weekly Playboy (July 26) reports that underground casinos are now coming under fire. "After the story concerning sumo wrestlers and baseball betting broke, three illegal gambling operations in Kabukicho were raided," explains one illegal casino operator. "They included an a gaming room, an Internet operation and poker game shop. I am very worried about a raid on my place." What's going on? "Normally there are two patterns for the raids," explains a member of the National Police Agency, who refused to be named. "The first case is when customers or others in the industry report an illegal operation. The second occurs when higher-ups order the police to raid a particular place."
Jul 19Los Angeles' Little Tokyo is a big attraction (dailybulletin.com)
The center of Little Tokyo was begun in 1977. Its real name is Japanese Village Plaza and it was designed and funded by a group of businessmen in cooperation with the city of Los Angeles. It's only about a square block of city real estate, bounded by First and Second and Alameda streets. But once you enter, you could be in the middle of the real Tokyo itself, or Yokohama. It has been honored for its urban design. It is the real deal for anyone wanting to experience modern Japan.
Jul 19Japan calling(The Hindu)
The year was 1882, and the young Meiji Emperor sat comfortably inside a 4x4 square with King Milan I of Serbia. The stamp had the rare honour of being the only one that accommodated a Japanese emperor on it, and the philatelist who owns it is a proud man. Even after collecting 10,000 stamps and a lifetime of loving everything Japanese, R. Ranganathan still pursues his dream of collecting all stamps Japanese. The stamp with the Meiji Emperor was quite a find, for the Japanese rulers never allowed themselves to be featured on their stamps.
Jul 18Will Edo Castle's tower rise again? (Japan Times)
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.

By J.S. on July 28, 2010
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