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NHK to resume live broadcasts of sumo
BusinessWeek - Sep 2, 2010

Japan's public TV broadcaster is to resume live sumo broadcasts, after canceling coverage of July's Nagoya tournament over a betting scandal that hit the country's ancient sport. NHK officials said Thursday the station will televise the Sept. 12-26 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament as usual. NHK did not air live broadcasts of the Nagoya tournament, saying that the betting scandal generated viewer disgust. It was the first time since 1953 that live broadcasts weren't shown on NHK. (BusinessWeek)
As temperatures soar, Japanese turn to ghost houses
Reuters - Sep 2, 2010
A ghost figure is pictured at a haunted house in Tokyo Dome City amusement park in Tokyo September 2, 2010. Other nations drink water or eat watermelons in summer, but the Japanese flock to ''obake yashiki'' or ''haunted houses'' to shiver, tremble and in this way cool down as the worst heatwave in history strikes the country. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski
(A ghost figure is pictured at a haunted house in Tokyo Dome City amusement park in Tokyo September 2, 2010. Other nations drink water or eat watermelons in summer, but the Japanese flock to ''obake yashiki'' or ''haunted houses'' to shiver, tremble and in this way cool down as the worst heatwave in history strikes the country.)

With Japan suffering its worst heatwave since records began in 1898, haunted houses or "obake yashiki" are doing a roaring trade as the traditional summertime venues to cool off. Ghost houses are set up especially for the summer in amusements parks in Japan with the tradition linked to Japanese Buddhism which views August as the time when ancestral spirits may return for a visit and Japanese visit their elders' graves. This year ghost houses have reported dramatic increases in visitor numbers as they tap into the Japanese tradition of also telling scary stories to send shivers down people's spines and cool them down. (Reuters)

Japan finds fresh suspected foot-and-mouth case
AFP - Sep 2, 2010

Japan discovered a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease in a cow in its southern prefecture of Miyazaki, just days after it lifted a state of emergency, an official said. "We cancelled two auctions of cows in the prefecture after a suspected case of foot and mouth was discovered on a farm," a prefecture official told AFP. The region reported the case to the farm ministry and was awaiting the test result to determine if it is a fresh foot-and-mouth case. (AFP)

Threats keep dolphin protest out of Japan village
AP - Sep 1, 2010

The star of "The Cove," an Oscar-winning documentary about a Japanese dolphin hunt, is back in Japan to protest the slaughter but had to cancel his trip to the village at the center of the controversy because of threats from an ultranationalist group. Instead, Ric O'Barry, the former dolphin-trainer for the 1960s "Flipper" TV show, is playing host to a reception Wednesday for some 100 animal-lovers at a Tokyo hotel. On Thursday, he will take a petition signed by 1.7 million people from 155 nations demanding the end of the dolphin hunt to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, escorted by police security. (AP)

Kobe eyes tattoo ban at Suma public beach after marijuana case
AP - Sep , 2010

The Kobe municipal government is considering banning people with tattoos from a beach in Suma Ward following the recent arrests of college students for alleged marijuana possession during a music event at the beach, city officials said. The city office intends to come up with a concrete plan during this year, including establishing the rule by ordinance, but banning tattooed people from a public beach is a rare case in Japan as most tattoo bans are for commercial facilities such as saunas. The envisaged ban may prompt controversy over its possible violation of the freedom of expression as tattoos are becoming increasingly fashionable with young people, critics say. (AP)



Heatstroke kills 158 since late May
Yomiuri - Sep , 2010

Heatstroke has killed 158 people since late May, while 46,728 others were treated in hospitals during the same period, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. Between Aug. 23 and Sunday, 5,358 people were treated at hospitals for heatstroke, and 13 died, according to a survey taken by the agency. During the one-week period, those taken to hospitals for emergency treatment declined by about 4,000 from the preceding week. There were also three fewer deaths. (Yomiuri)

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