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Kan makes Japan's pitch for U.N. Security Council seat
AP - Sep 24, 2010

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday made Japan's pitch for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council, saying the non- nuclear country that has suffered the devastation of atomic bombings deserves a seat on the council in the 21st century. In his speech to the general debate session of the U.N. General Assembly, Kan expressed Japan's resolve to play a more responsible role for the peace and security of the international community. The premier said reform of the most powerful decision-making body at the United Nations is "indispensable" so that it can reflect the realities of today's international community and remain effective and legitimate. (AP)
Ichiro ties Rose's record for most 200-hit seasons
Japan Times - Sep 25, 2010
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(Milestone hit: Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki raps his 200th hit of the season, a fifth-inning
single up the middle against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. He is the first player in Major
League Baseball history with 10 straight 200-hit seasons, extending his own record.)

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to 10 after going 2-for-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Ichiro, who came into the game with 198 hits, also tied Pete Rose for the most career 200-hit seasons after hitting a double down the left field line in the third inning and singling up the middle in the fifth. (Japan Times)

Japan to release Chinese captain in boat collision
AP - Sep 25, 2010

(File - In this Sept. 8, 2010 file photo, Zhan Qixiong, center, the 41-year-old Chinese captain of a
Chinese fishing boat, is led by Japan Coast Guard personnel to disembark from a coast guard boat at
a port on Ishigaki island, southwestern Japan. Japanese prosecutors said Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 they
will release the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel involved in a collision near disputed islands.)

Japanese prosecutors decided Friday to release the captain of a Chinese fishing boat involved in a collision near disputed islands whose detention raised tensions between the Asian neighbors. Beijing has angrily demanded that the captain be released and cut off ministerial-level talks with Japan as relations between the two countries spiraled to their worst level in years. Prosecutors in southern Japan, where the captain has been in custody for more than two weeks, said they would let him go, citing the damage done to relations with China. It was unclear when authorities would release him. (AP)

China arrests 4 Japanese against backdrop of diplomatic battle
CNN - Sep 24, 2010
A protestor shows his banner declaring "Chinese people demand Japan to release unconditionally the Chinese captain" as police film him in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on September 20, 2010.
(A protestor shows his banner declaring "Chinese people demand Japan to release unconditionally the
Chinese captain" as police film him in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on September 20, 2010.)

Four Japanese nationals have been arrested in China, and are being investigated for entering a military zone without authorization and videotaping military targets, Chinese state media said. The arrests come amid the two nations' diplomatic battle over Japan's detainment of a Chinese fishing captain. The four Japanese nationals were sent to China for a Japanese government project to reclaim World War II chemical weapons left by Japan's Imperial Army, their company said Friday. A Chinese national also is missing and presumed arrested with his Japanese co-workers on Wednesday in in northern Hebei Province. (CNN)

Japan's Senkaku Islands--what's all the fuss about?
Yomiuri - Sep 24, 2010

China and Taiwan have stirred up a diplomatic spat with Japan by claiming possession of the resource-rich Senkaku Islands, while the Japanese government insists there is no territorial dispute because the islands are part of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture. The five islands, which China calls the Diaoyutai Islands and Taiwan calls the Tiaoyutai Islands, are about 170 kilometers north-northwest of Ishigakijima island in the East China Sea. The Senkakus include Uotsurijima and Taishojima islands, and three reefs. According to prefectural data, the islands cover a total of about 5.6 square kilometers--about the size of Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi Prefecture. Although uninhabited now, Uotsurijima once had a population of about 250 people. (Yomiuri)

Patrol: Tour driver smoked pot heavily day before
AP - Sep 23, 2010

An arrest report says a 26-year-old driver smoked marijuana heavily for several days before falling asleep at the wheel of a tour bus that crashed in Utah, killing three Japanese tourists and injuring 11 last month. Yasushi Mikuni was charged Wednesday with 10 felony counts of negligent driving under the influence, and one misdemeanor charge of having marijuana residue in his system. Mikuni also faces misdemeanor logbook violation and unsafe lane change charges in the Aug. 8 rollover bus crash on Interstate 15 near Cedar City. Mikuni is a Japanese citizen who lived in Las Vegas. (AP)

By J.S. on Sep 29, 2010



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