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Beers that taste great in August

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Aug 21Thefts of expensive bikes rising / Easy-to-dismantle sports bicycles favorite target for thieves (Yomiuri)
Sports bicycles and other expensive two-wheelers popular with the health-conscious and ecologically aware are being stolen at an ever-increasing rate, according to police. The Metropolitan Police Department said nearly 500 bicycles priced at 100,000 yen and up were stolen last year, about 2.5 times more than in 2005. Some of the stolen bikes cost 1 million yen or more. In warning owners to park their bicycles in safe areas and lock them, the police are particularly concerned about sports bikes, which are easy to dismantle.
Aug 20Statue of Liberty replica is removed for ruining view in Hakodate (AP)
An about six-meter-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty in Hakodate, Hokkaido, a popular tourist destination known for its historical sites, has recently been removed at the request of the city government, which found the statue damaged the cityscape. The statue, which was set up in front of a store run by a local seafood firm in Hakodate's Motomachi district in early June, was lifted by crane Thursday to the rooftop of the building and placed under a cover as spectators looked on.
Aug 20Beers that taste great in August(Japan Times)
In this punishing heat, a lot of people complain they have lost all appetite for food. We say: Change your definition of the word "food." At this time of year, we gain a significant proportion of our nourishment from that most essential of food groups: beer. We have little time for the empty calories of fizzy, tasteless mass-market lager (and none at all for happoshu and all other canned "frankenbeers"). But we can linger at great length - and often do - with flagons of wholesome craft ales brewed with integrity and character. During this long, hot summer one of our favorite places for doing so has been the aptly named August Beer Club.
Aug 208-year-old girl found dead at home in apparent suicide (Mainichi)
An 8-year-old girl has been found dead at her home here, apparently after committing suicide, police said. According to investigators, the girl was discovered hanging by a towel from the laundry pole on the balcony at her home at around 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 17 by her 27-year-old mother, who had returned from work. The girl's 29-year-old father, who received a call from his wife, immediately called police. The girl, a third-year student at a municipal elementary school in the Osaka Prefecture city of Takatsuki, is estimated to have died of suffocation at around 3 p.m. on Aug. 17, according to an autopsy conducted by police.
Aug 19Half of child prostitution victims met perpetrators through online sites deemed safe (Mainichi)
Nearly half of the children victimized by child prostitution and other similar crimes through "non-dating" websites came in contact with their perpetrators through seven Internet sites that had been recognized as safe, police said. Among the top 10 "non-dating" sites through which juvenile victims were subjected to sex-related crimes last year, seven sites had been recognized as "meeting the standards of a sound operational management system" by the Content Evaluation and Monitoring Association (EMA).
Aug 19Julia Roberts does not hate Japan (Wall Street Journal)
The wait is over. Over 20 years after Julia Roberts first flashed her toothsome smile on the big screen, the Hollywood A-lister finally touched down in Japan for the first time. America's sweetheart of romcoms arrived in Tokyo this week to promote her latest movie "Eat Pray Love", which is set to premiere in Japan September 17. As one of the biggest movie markets overseas and a frequent stop on international film promotion tours by other high-flying actors, Japan has to naturally wonder: what took you so long?
Aug 19Withdrawal from society (Japan Times)
The Cabinet Office in February surveyed 3,287 people aged 15 to 39 and decided that 1.79 percent of them are living in seclusion at home and have withdrawn from society. On the basis of this survey, the government estimates that 696,000 people across the nation are socially withdrawn. Surprisingly, 3.99 percent of those surveyed said they sometimes feel like withdrawing from society. The government estimates that 1.55 million people are in this category. The estimated 696,000 socially withdrawn people include slightly more than 230,000 who confine themselves to their rooms or homes or go out only as far as nearby convenience stores. The remaining include those who leave the home to pursue a hobby.
Aug 18Fleet-footed thief in Fukuoka tripped up by police (Mainichi)
Police have arrested a thief here suspected in 87 thefts who spent every evening building up his leg strength to make quicker getaways. Sotaro Ezaki, 26, was arrested specifically for sneaking into a 64-year-old man's house and making off with 1,500 yen in cash on April 12. According to police, he is also suspected in 86 other robberies in Fukuoka, Munakata and four other municipalities from May 2009 through June 2010. Documents have been sent to prosecutors on one of these thefts, committed June 7 this year, when Ezaki allegedly snuck into a 60-year-old man's home in the town of Umi, Fukuoka Prefecture, and stole 65,000 yen.
Aug 18Mother, boyfriend plead guilty to locking boy in washroom for 11 days(Mainichi)
A mother and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to locking her son in a washroom for a total of 11 days in February during the opening hearing of their trial for forcible confinement on Aug. 18. At the Tokyo District Court, defendants Mayumi Nakashima, 47, and her boyfriend Teruhisa Kawasaki, 34, admitted to locking her second son -- then a third-year junior high school student -- in the washroom of the family home, saying there were "no errors" in the charges brought by the prosecution. Prosecutors requested a sentence of three years in prison for each defendant before the hearing was concluded.
Aug 18Manga mystery at the British Museum (The Australian)
Across Japan there are hundreds of thousands of people trying to work out whose airship dropped several large rocks through the glass roof of the British Museum. Was it the Greeks, applying pressure to secure the return of the Elgin Marbles, or a Nigerian gang bent on reclaiming the Benin Bronzes? Museum staff have long suspected the French. At this point nothing is certain, except that the outrage can be traced back to a sake-fuelled dinner involving a museum curator two years ago. But the mystery will be resolved later this month when the next edition of Big Comic, Japan's most prestigious manga comic, hits newsstands across Britain. Nestling among its regular mix of golf yarns, samurai adventures and salaryman capers will be the final instalment of Professor Munakata at the British Museum.
Aug 18With help, some refugees find niche (Japan Times)
Nail salons are ubiquitous, as are the intricate, artistic designs women sport after visiting them. Careerwise, being a manicurist is also popular. For Nang Sie Hom, 41, a refugee from Myanmar living in Japan for 19 years, it is a dream job. She started working as a manicurist at Arusha, which opened in May in Tokyo. The nail salon is named after a city in Tanzania. "I love it. I used to manicure my nails when I was back in Myanmar," said Hom, who worked at a vending machine factory before she could understand Japanese, and then later mostly at a restaurant.
Aug 17Number of people taken to hospital for heat stroke tops 30,000(AP)
The number of people rushed to hospital due to heat stroke between May 31 and Aug. 15 totaled 31,579 nationwide, of whom 132 died shortly after being hospitalized, a preliminary report by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. In July alone, 17,680 people were taken to hospital for heat stroke, of whom 94 died -- both the highest recorded for the month since the agency started compiling relevant data in 2008. The number of people suffering heat stroke is continuing to move at high levels in August.
Aug 17Man serving prison term face new charges for trying to kill 2 girls (Mainichi)
A man serving a prison term has been hit with a new arrest warrant for deliberately crashing a car into two high school girls, who had rejected his advances, leaving them with serious injuries, police said. The 24-year-old suspect, whose name is withheld under the Juvenile Law because he was a minor at the time of the incident, is accused of attempted murder. He is now serving a prison term over a separate case.
Aug 17Five arrested in police crackdown on illegal drugs at Kobe beach (Mainichi)
A university student and four minors have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and using illegal drugs at a beach here, it has been learned. Police arrested the five -- a 20-year-old university student from Osaka and four 19-year-olds from the prefecture, including one girl -- on suspicion of violating the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law. Police accuse the university student and two youths of possessing the drugs LSD and Ketamine on the evening of Aug. 13, while another one of the youths and the girl are accused of using illegal drugs.
Aug 17Woman from Italy has 'Pink Panther' Ginza link(Japan Times)
A woman from Italy may have helped a Montenegrin member of the "Pink Panther" robbers in 2007 remove the diamonds from a tiara he allegedly stole from a jewelry shop in Tokyo's Ginza district so he could quickly get the stones out of the country, investigation sources said. Rifat Hadziahmetovic, 42, suspected of taking the \200 million diamond tiara and other jewelry from the shop during the high-profile robbery, was flown to Japan on Saturday after Japanese police arrested him in Spain over the heist.
Aug 16Temperatures in greater Tokyo area hit 38 C in clear weather (AP)
Tokyo and its neighboring areas experienced intense heat on Monday, with temperatures topping 38 C in some places, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The mercury rose to 35 C or higher in 132 locations in Japan as the weather was clear across a wide swathe of the country except for northern regions, the agency added. The scorching weather will likely persist throughout this month, the agency said.
Aug 16Nara temple may be world's oldest wooden structure (Asahi)
A Zen Buddhist hall in Nara is the oldest wooden structure still in use and a century older than famed Horyuji temple previously thought to hold the crown, according to an expert in tree-ring dating. Research by Takumi Mitsutani, a visiting professor of dendrochronology at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, reveals that Japanese cypress wood in the roof of the Zenshitsu (zen room) building of Gangoji temple was logged around 586. Mitsutani argues that his findings indicate that the structure of the hall was made 100 years before Horyuji temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, hitherto thought the world's oldest, which was built between the late seventh and eighth centuries.
Aug 16G-Dragon dating top Japanese model(AsiaOne)
K-pop idol G-Dragon is going out with Japanese fashion model Kiko Mizuhara, Japanese media reported on Saturday. The 21-year-old G-Dragon (real name Kwon Ji-yong), a member of the music group Big Bang, is dating Mizuhara, who is now the exclusive model for the Japanese fashion magazine "ViVi," Sankei Sports said, citing multiple sources. Mizuhara, who got embroiled in the scandal with the top Korean idol, was born in 1990 to an American father and Korean mother, and raised in Kobe. She's fluent in Korean, English, and Japanese.
Aug 16Two marines arrested in Okinawa(Japan Times)
A 19-year-old U.S. Marine has been arrested on suspicion of stealing and a 33-year-old U.S. airman for an alleged traffic violation in separate cases in Okinawa Prefecture, the police said Sunday. The Okinawa Prefectural Police arrested the lance corporal from the U.S. Marines' Makiminato Service Area in the city of Urasoe for allegedly stealing about \3,000 from a taxi in Ginowan at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Aug 16Police officer attacked with samurai sword near PM's office (AP)
A young man attacked a riot police officer with a Japanese samurai sword on Sunday near the prime minister's office in central Tokyo, but was subdued by other officers. The attack at around 2:20 p.m. severed the left thumb of the 29-year-old senior officer, who belongs to a riot police unit of the Metropolitan Police Department, police said. The attacker, who claims to be in his 20s and from Miyagi Prefecture, was arrested on the spot on suspicion of attempted murder, obstruction of public duty and the illegal possession of a weapon.
Aug 16Japan Muslims worried by graveyard shortage(Yomiuri)
Many Muslims in Japan, where space is at a premium, have expressed worry about graveyard shortages, because Islamic principles stipulate deceased Muslims should be buried without cremation. New graveyard sites are difficult to obtain, as local ordinances in many parts of the nation prohibit burial without cremation, as well as due to opposition from local residents. Though national laws do not prohibit burial without cremation, many local governments, including those of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, cite sanitary reasons in prohibiting the practice via ordinances and other forms of regulation.
Aug 15Japan commemorates WWII surrender (Brisbane Times)
Japan on Sunday commemorated the 65th anniversary of its surrender in World War II without the ministerial visits to a controversial war shrine that regularly provoke outrage across Asia. For the first time in at least a quarter of a century, no government minister has been to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, a place dedicated to 2.5 million people killed as a result of the conflict, including 14 of Japan's top war criminals. The anniversary is the first since Prime Minister Naoto Kan's centre-left Democratic Party ousted the conservative Liberal Democratic Party last year after its almost unbroken half century in power.
Aug 15Two lovingly preserved Japanese villages (FT.com)
We step off the bus at Magome and look in disbelief at the steep cobbled slope winding up the hill in front of us. In the past there would have been scrawny porters elbowing each other out of the way, vying to cart our bags. Had we been great lords we would have been carried up by palanquin, with thousands of retainers and guards barking at the peasants to get down on their knees. But in 21st-century Japan there's nothing for it but to walk. We sigh, pick up our bags and set off up the hill. Behind us Mount Ena rises spectacularly. A huge waterwheel slowly turns, creaking and splashing, and a narrow stream trickles noisily alongside the road. There are no electric wires overhead and no cars and every now and then we catch a whiff of wood smoke.
Aug 15Taking a tea break in Shizuoka(Japan Times)
It's no secret what the cash crop of Shizuoka Prefecture is: tea. Green and generally reckoned to be healthful, this brew has fueled Japan for close on 1,500 years since being introduced from the Asian mainland. Now, as my Hamamatsu-bound train winds its way from Tokyo through the Makinohara district in the west of this coastal prefecture, all I see before me are seas of green.
Aug 14Playful prankster's unhibited prancing provokes prudish front-desk staffer (Tokyo Reporter)
In her latest weekly installment in Nikkan Gendai (Aug. 12) the pseudonymous Shoko Harano, a divorcee who has spent three years working at the front desk of a Tokyo love hotel, relates a wacky incident in which she was involved. Such hotels do not have restaurants on their premises; but as sexual activity tends to give some people a ravenous appetite, it's common for customers to phone out for food. So as part of her duties, Harano is required to deliver snacks or meals. (Payment for food is added onto the room bill and usually made at checkout. The hotel then settles with the restaurant when their delivery staff comes to collect the dishes.) This time, when Harano buzzed the room, a grinning young woman, about age 20, swung the door open. She was naked as a jaybird but shyly used both hands to conceal her secondary sexual characteristics.
Aug 14Japanese woman on trial for drug trafficking eyes acquittal (AP)
An alleged Japanese drug trafficker, facing a mandatory death sentence if convicted voiced confidence Friday she will be acquitted as the prosecution wrapped up its case at the Malaysian High Court. In the hearing that began Monday, the prosecution has sought to prove that Mariko Takeuchi, 36, knew about the drugs found in one of her suitcases despite her assertions she was unaware of its contents and was merely doing a friend a favor by bringing it to Malaysia. Takeuchi was arrested on Oct. 30 last year for attempting to smuggle 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into the country through Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Aug 14Far right pays tribute to Japan's 'war heroes' (independent.co.uk)
British and Japanese ultranationalists will shrug off protests from war veterans in an unlikely show of solidarity at a controversial Tokyo memorial today, on the 65th anniversary of Japan's surrender in the Second World War. The British National Party member Adam Walker and France's most famous Holocaust-denier, Jean-Marie Le Pen, will be among a group of European delegates to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, which venerates the militarists who led Japan's brief but disastrous rampage across Asia.
Aug 14Bodies of bus crash victims to return to Japan (sltrib.com)
Diplomatic officials say the bodies of three Japanese tourists killed in a rollover crash on a southern Utah highway will soon be shipped back to Japan. Japan's deputy consul general in Denver says the trip is expected to happen on Saturday. The two men and one woman were among a group of 14 tourists on a four-day tour of national parks. The bus rolled Monday on Interstate 15 near Cedar City, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City. A hospital spokesman says four of the injured - two men and two women - remained in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Friday.
Aug 14Ramen shop closes; too popular(Yomiuri)
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.
Aug 14Vinyl forever - it really sticks (to your legs) (Japan Times)
"Dozo, please take a seat," said the guy at the city hall. "Thank you," I said, not making a move. He rounded up some papers and came back to the table, "Dozo, please take a seat." But I just stood there, while he sat down. For the man at the city hall, my behavior was nothing unusual. Japanese often don't make direct moves or respond after the first offer of something, apparently out of politeness. Personally, I think it's more polite to do as you're told, but this is Japan. Hesitation exudes politeness. It's like when you have Japanese people over to your house for dinner, you'll practically have to get out a whip to get them to start eating. It's the hesitation at the beginning that is hardest for me. Once they get going, they're pretty good.

By J.S. on Aug 26, 2010
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