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Remains believed to be of missing elderly woman kept in son's backpack
AP - Aug 21, 2010

Remains believed to be those of a missing woman, who would have been aged 104 if she were alive, have been found in a backpack at her son's apartment in Tokyo's Ota Ward after he admitted to the local authorities that his mother died about nine years ago, police said Friday. The 64-year-old son of Kikue Mitsuishi initially told ward officials, who are trying to confirm the whereabouts of missing elderly people in the ward, that his mother was in Niigata Prefecture. He has also admitted to having received his mother's pension up until six years ago, investigators said. (AP)

Japan official positive about obtaining ability to hit enemy bases
AP - Aug 20, 2010

Japan should acquire the capacity to strike an enemy's missile launch sites in light of threats from North Korea's long-range ballistic missiles, Parliamentary Defense Secretary Akihisa Nagashima said Friday. "It is natural that questions arise over whether Japan can sufficiently defend itself without such a capacity," Nagashima told a symposium in Tokyo. Last June, defense policy-making panels of the then ruling Liberal Democratic Party proposed that Japan acquire the capacity to strike an enemy's missile launch sites following North Korea's rocket launch, which Tokyo saw as a cover to test its ballistic missile technology, and its nuclear test. (AP)

7th suspect arrested over eel mislabeling scandal
AP - Aug 21, 2010

Police arrested a seventh suspect Friday in connection with allegations that frozen broiled eels imported from China by major supermarket chain operator Ito-Yokado Co. were later resold by falsely changing the importer's name on their labels. Kenichi Nishihara, 47, was arrested by the Kanagawa prefectural police upon his return to Japan from China on Friday night. Nishihara is an acquaintance of Nobuyuki Koike, 47, a former employee of Tokyo fisheries importer Takayama Seafood Co., who is one of the six suspects arrested Wednesday, the police said. (AP)

'Hikikomori' finds way into Oxford Dictionary of English
AP - Aug 19, 2010

"Hikikomori," a word that has come into common usage in Japan in recent years to signify the abnormal avoidance of social contact, especially by adolescent males, has found its way into the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English published Thursday. The word is one of more than 2,000 new entries in the dictionary, whose first edition was published in 1998, according to Oxford University Press, the dictionary's publisher. The vuvuzela, the plastic horn used to cheer teams during the soccer World Cup in South Africa earlier this year, also won an entry in the latest edition. (AP)

Japan plans second asteroid sample grab
UPI - Aug 19, 2010

Japan will send another satellite on a mission to capture material from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth for study, scientists say. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says a successor to the troubled Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, which managed to return a capsule to Earth this year, could launch as early as 2104. The cost of the new spacecraft is estimated at $2 billion. Like its predecessor, it will visit an asteroid to collect dust samples. But whereas Hayabusa visited the 500-yard-wide asteroid Itokawa to collect silicon- and iron-rich dust, Hayabusa 2 will visit a half-mile-sized space rock called 1999 JU3 in search of organic molecules that might have been the genesis of life on Earth. (UPI)

When the myths are blown away
The Economist - Aug 19, 2010

The modern image of Japan is built on shaky foundations. In the 1980s nearly all Japanese considered themselves middle class. Other abiding beliefs include companies looking after workers through lifetime employment and the yakuza, Japan's mafia, being guardians of the lost samurai spirit. There is some truth in all this but, as with other national myths, their real importance is in what they reveal about those who hold them dear. If the Japanese nurse old-fashioned conceptions about their national identity, so do foreigners. Throughout the 1980s Americans gobbled up books that painted a Japan that was poised to surpass the United States by dint of a superior education system, low crime rate, good labour relations, bureaucratic acumen, familial ties and (let it not be forgotten) racial purity. Most foreigners still see Japan in the rear-view mirror, as an egalitarian, socially cohesive society. (The Economist)

By J.S. on Sug 25, 2010

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