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Senkaku video to stay under wraps
Japan Times - Oct 9, 2010

The Democratic Party of Japan-led government will for the time being not release video footage of last month's collisions involving a Chinese trawler and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats in the East China Sea, sources said Friday. The stance reflects concerns that its release would further damage Japan-China relations, which soured after the arrest and detention of the trawler skipper, the sources said. Bilateral tensions appear to be slowly easing, as seen by the recent departure of two Chinese fisheries patrol boats near the Senkaku Islands, which Japan controls but China claims. (Japan Times)

Food makers to be asked to disclose trans fat content
Japan Times - Oct 9, 2010

The Consumer Affairs Agency said Friday it plans to ask manufacturers of margarine and other foodstuffs to voluntarily disclose by year's end the amount of trans fat, if any, in their products to reduce the risk of cardiac disease. The agency revealed the plan in draft guidelines for the voluntary disclosure of levels of trans fatty acids in food products. Trans fatty acids are believed to increase low density lipoprotein cholesterol, known as "bad cholesterol," and thus the dangers of cardiovascular disease. (Japan Times)

Japan minister apologizes for modeling inside Diet
AP - Oct 9, 2010

A Japanese Cabinet minister apologized Friday for posing inside parliament for high-fashion photographs that opposition conservatives criticized as extravagant and a possible breach of rules. The six-page spread in November's Vogue Nippon shows Government Revitalization Minister Renho wearing designer dresses in photos taken inside the Diet building this summer. Renho, who uses just one name, said her intention was to get more people interested in politics and that she obtained permission for the photo session from the secretariat of the upper house, of which she is a member. (AP)

Nara fetes ancient capital's 1,300th anniversary
Japan Times - Oct 9, 2010
News photo
(Period piece: People clad in period costumes gather outside the restored Daigokuden palace in
Nara on Friday during a ceremony marking the 1,300th anniversary since the Heijo-kyo capital was founded.)

A ceremony was held Friday in Nara to mark the 1,300th anniversary of the move of Japan's capital to Heijo-kyo, where it remained for much of the eighth century, with both Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in attendance. About 1,700 guests, including representatives of nearly 50 foreign governments, gathered outside the restored Daigokuden palace on the site of the former capital, as dancers dressed in uniforms of military and civilian officers of the period and court ladies welcomed them with ancient music inspired by China's Tang Dynasty. (Japan Times)

Man given death, 14-yr term for murders of 2 Filipinas
AP - Oct 8, 2010

A high court on Friday sentenced a Japanese man to death for murdering a Filipina in 2008 and to 14 years in prison for the murder of a second Filipina in 1999. The Tokyo High Court handed down the death sentence to Hiroshi Nozaki, 51, for the murder of Honiefaith Ratilla Kamiosawa, 22, in 2008, scrapping a district court ruling that gave him a life term. Separately, it upheld the lower court ruling on the slaying of Elda Longakit Yoneda, 27, in 1999. (AP)

Sea Shepherd deliberately sank protest boat to gain sympathy: ex-member
AP - Oct 8, 2010

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd deliberately sank its own high-tech protest boat to gain sympathy after a January collision with a Japanese whaling ship, the former skipper of the boat said Thursday in a public spat with the conservation group's founder. New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune said the protest boat Ady Gil was salvageable after the collision, but he was ordered by Sea Shepherd head Paul Watson to scuttle it. Bethune was convicted in Japan of trespass and other charges after boarding a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean, after his protest boat collided with the Shonan Maru No. 2, on Jan. 6. (AP)

By JS on Oct 13, 2010

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