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Pope: Hiroshima anniversary a reminder to disarm
Washington Post - Nov 28, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has said the 65th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should serve as reminders of the continued threat nuclear weapons pose and the need to get rid of them. The pope made the comments Saturday to Japan's new ambassador to the Holy See, Hidekazu Yamaguchi, who was presenting his credentials. Benedict didn't mention any nations by name, but he praised Japan for setting an example for always seeking to find peaceful and political solutions to conflicts. (Washington Post)

Takashi Murakami's Macy's Parade Balloons
geekosystem.com - Nov 28, 2010

This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, like usual, featured a number of new balloons, prominently featuring the transformed art of four pop artists. Takashi Murakami, Japan's king of pop art, was honored with two balloons, one each for his characters Kaikai and Kiki, and appeared himself, in costume, riding the float beneath them. more pictures of what happens when you take already strange-to-western-eyes Japanese otaku culture and filter it through a "high-art" lens to follow. (geekosystem.com)

Wary of spies, police crack down on illegal massage parlors run by escaped N. Koreans
Mainichi - Nov 27, 2010
(North Korean defectors who worked at an illegal massage parlor in downtown
Tokyo are escorted out by police on Oct. 4.)

Metropolitan police are stepping up a crackdown on illegal adult entertainment businesses run by people who have escaped from North Korea, fearing that some may be North Korean spies posing as defectors. At around 4 p.m. on Oct. 4, dozens of MPD investigators clad in business suits raided a massage parlor on the fifth floor of a building near JR Ueno Station. About two hours later, several female employees in their 20s to 30s were escorted outside, covering their faces with hoods of their coats. (Mainichi)

Japan upper house censures 2 ministers, adding pressure on Kan
BusinessWeek - Nov 27, 2010

Japan's opposition-controlled upper house censured two Cabinet ministers last night, the latest blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan as his public approval rating dwindles. Non-binding motions urged Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku and Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi to resign over their handling of the collision between a Chinese fishing boat and Japanese Coast Guard vessels near islands claimed by both nations. Kyodo News earlier reported the motions had passed. (BusinessWeek)

Health ministry panel approves the production, sale of morning-after drugs
Japan Times - Nov 27, 2010

A health ministry panel recommended Friday approving the production and sale of emergency contraceptives that may prevent pregnancy when taken after sex, ministry officials said. While critics say making morning-after pills available would encourage their casual use after intercourse, doctors and others have been urging the state to introduce the medicine in Japan as it could give rape victims recourse and result in fewer abortions. (Japan Times)

Filipinos in Korea to be moved to Japan
gulfnews.com - Nov 27, 2010

President Benigno Aquino said the Philippine government plans to move its nationals to Japan in case the tense situation in the Korean peninsula deteriorates. An estimated 50,000 Filipinos live and work in South Korea while nine were reportedly in North Korea. The armed forces was also ordered to place an air force C-130 cargo aircraft and a naval transport ship on standby in case there's an immediate need to ferry Filipinos out of Korea. (gulfnews.com)

By JS on Dec 1, 2010

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