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Number of AIDS patients hits record high for 3-month period
AP - Aug 13, 2010

The number of people found to have contracted AIDS in Japan in April-June came to 129, a record high for a three-month period, a Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare panel said Friday. The figure included 125 men, according to the AIDS Trend Committee, which also reported 263 people newly infected with the HIV virus in the same quarter, including the first case of mother-to-child transmission in four years. HIV antibody tests conducted by local municipalities across Japan in April-June totaled 31,691, up by 2,000 from the January-March period. (AP)
Ramen shop closes; too popular
Yomiuri - Aug 14, 2010

A ramen shop where customers line up for hours to eat a bowl of noodles has decided to close its doors. The reason: customers line up for hours to eat their noodles. Rokurinsha in Shinagawa Ward will close on Aug. 29 in response to repeated complaints from neighbors about customers blocking traffic, smoking on the street and talking loudly. "We don't want to cause any more problems for our neighbors," the shop said. Rokurinsha, a six-minute walk from JR Osaki Station and located on a shopping street next to a residential area, opened in April 2005. Its tsuke-men, thick noodles dipped in a rich sauce, has attracted ramen-lovers and the media, and has been featured several times in magazines and on TV. As soon as the shop opens, a line starts to form. (Yomiuri)

Japan's gay parade returns after 3 yrs
Moneycontrol.com - Aug 12, 2010

Japan's gay community is set to put on the glitz as the Tokyo Pride parade returns this weekend after a three year absense with the aim of winning acceptance among the country's conservative society. Drag queen shows, debates and theatre plays are being held in the lead-up to the parade which was put on ice due to a lack of staff as many gay Japanese don't dare to come out to their families or workplaces. For Japanese gays in Tokyo's Shinjuku "2-chome" district where some 250 gay bars operate, the event is an opportunity to get together and celebrate in style, but also to seek understanding from other Japanese for their homosexuality. (moneycontrol.com)

Japan Sumo chief resigns amid betting scandal
MSNBC - Aug 12, 2010

The head of the Japan Sumo Association resigned Thursday, as the nation's ancient sport is beleaguered by a gambling scandal involving top wrestlers and coaches, with gangsters acting as go-betweens. Outgoing chairman Musashigawa, a former grand champion, was replaced Thursday by Hanaregoma, who once held the second-highest rank of ozeki. His resignation came as the association aims to restore the confidence of sumo fans amid the gambling scandal, which shed light on connections between wrestlers and organized crime. (MSNBC)

Typhoon makes landfall for 1st time this year in Japan
AP - Aug 13, 2010

A typhoon made landfall in Japan on Thursday for the first time this year after moving eastward over the Sea of Japan, bringing heavy rain across a broad area including the Kinki region in western Japan and the northern island of Hokkaido. Typhoon Dianmu landed near the city of Akita at around 5 p.m. and crossed the Tohoku region into the Pacific Ocean, disrupting bullet train services on the Akita Shinkansen Line in Akita and Iwate prefectures on one of the busiest days of the summer holiday season. (AP)

Nearly 200 of Japan's oldest citizens 'missing'
AFP - Aug 13, 2010

Nearly 200 Japanese centenarians are missing, officials said Thursday, with the total likely to rise amid a nationwide search after the discovery of the 30-year-old corpse of a man registered as aged 111. In the western city of Kobe alone, the whereabouts of 105 out of 847 centenarians were unknown as of the end of July, a city official said. Those unaccounted-for include people who could be older than the current officially recognised oldest woman in Japan, 113-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, who lives in the southern Saga prefecture. They include one supposedly 125-year-old woman. (AFP)

By J.S. on Aug 18, 2010

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