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Nov 27One way to describe Montreal sushi? Confused (montrealgazette.com)
Sushi hit the big time in Montreal in the late '80s, when fashionistas populated Japanese restaurants like Katsura and Sakura to indulge their craving for something esthetically pleasing, low-fat, novel and guilt-free. No other food better embodied the '90s cultural zeitgeist toward healthy eating and tranquil living. At the height of its popularity, sushi became the latest culinary challenge for ambitious chefs and home cooks, who ran out to purchase bamboo mats, powdered wasabi and Kokuho Rose rice. Soon, sushi was on every caterer's canape platter, maki rolls were available at the corner depanneur and sushi bars were popping up faster than Honda dealerships.

Nov 27Saitama geeks freak after 'otaku' matchmaking party deluged by applicants(Japan Times)
A local commerce and industry association organizing a matchmaking party for geeks in Saitama Prefecture is amazed that around 500 people applied for an event originally intended to draw only 20 men and 20 women. The association was initially anxious about getting enough women to participate because the event in the town formerly known as Washimiya was aimed only at "otaku," the term for geeks obsessed with manga, animation and video games.
Nov 27Condemned youth earned no leniency / By sentencing minor to death, lay judge system bucks usual focus on rehabilitation (Yomiuri)
The Sendai District Court ruling that on Thursday sentenced a minor to death for killing two people and seriously injuring another in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, said the fact that he was 18 years old at the time had no bearing on the decision to hand down capital punishment. The case, which was tried under the lay judge system, attracted widespread attention because of the atrocious nature of the crime committed by the youth, now 19.
Nov 27Who knew civil war could be so profitable? (Yomiuri)
Standing in front of the ruins of Sendai Castle, an armor-clad man raised a sword and began to boast of his prowess in battle, drawing big cheers from the 400 people gathered. His black armor was a recreation of that worn by warlord Date Masamune (1567-1636) but this was not a scene from a period movie or TV drama. It was just one example of how local governments are rushing to capitalize on a fad for popular--if not so academic--studies of warlords from the Sengoku (warring states) period to promote tourism and improve their economies.
Nov 27Violence common at centers for abused, delinquent kids (Yomiuri)
Sixteen percent of temporary care centers for abused children and juvenile delinquents have seen violence between residents resulting in injuries, a recent survey has found. Abused children under 18 are sent to temporary care centers by child consultation offices to protect them from violence and other problems. They stay at the centers until they are moved to children's homes or sent back home.
Nov 26Japan jury hands down death sentence to minor (AFP)
Japanese jurors Thursday sentenced a teenager to hang for a double murder, the first death penalty given to a minor under the nation's newly-introduced jury system, court officials said. The 19-year-old defendant, whose name was withheld, was convicted of stabbing to death both the sister and a friend of his girlfriend at their house in Miyagi, northern Japan, in February this year. Under Japanese law, people under 20-years-old are tried as minors. The teenager, who committed the murders after his girlfriend tried to end their relationship, also seriously injured another man in the attack.
Nov 26Yukio Mishima - man of words, man of action (legacy.com)
Novelist Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide on this day after failing to inspire an insurrection against the Japanese government. Forty years later, Japan still grapples with his legacy. Born as Kimitake Hiraoka in 1925, Yukio Mishima grew up in Tokyo as the son of a government official. Raised from an early age by his grandmother, he was a voracious reader of both Japanese literature and translated works from authors like Oscar Wilde, Rainer Maria Wilke and Hans Christian Andersen. Mishima began writing stories at an early age and was drawn to a form of classical Japanese poetry called waka.
Nov 26Rights still lacking over gender identity disorder (Japan Times)
More than 10 years have passed since gender reassignment surgery was introduced in Japan as part of treatment for gender identity disorder patients. In addition, such patients, who identify with the sex opposite their biological one, have been allowed to officially change their sex under certain conditions since a special law took effect in 2004. These developments have promoted public awareness of GID patients, but are they sufficient enough to protect their human rights? The answer, regrettably, is no.
Nov 26Death sought for murder of three (Japan Times)
Prosecutors called Thursday for the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with murdering his wife, baby and mother-in-law in March. Akihiro Okumoto has admitted killing his wife, Kumiko, 24, their 5-month-old son, Yuto, and Kumiko's mother, Takako Ikegami, 50, at their Miyazaki home. The issue is whether the panel of six lay judges and three professional judges will hand down the death sentence when the ruling is issued Dec. 7.
Nov 26Hotel ordered to pay teacher unions compensation for not letting them hold conference (Japan Today)
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday ordered Prince Hotels Inc and four of its managers to pay compensation to teachers' unions for canceling a contract to let them use one of its hotels as a venue for a conference, but more than halved the damages sum awarded by a lower court. In the ruling, the high court ordered the hotel, Prince Hotels Chairman Yukihiro Watanabe and three other board members to pay a total of about 120 million yen, down from around 290 million yen ordered by the Tokyo District Court last year.
Nov 26Blame aplenty for Japan's marital strife (Yomiuri)
More than 708,000 couples married in Japan in 2009 and about 253,000 divorced. That's about one divorce every two minutes. Or to put those statistics in TV terms, 27 couples untied the knot last week while we were watching Beat Takeshi and Taichi Kokubun host the talk show Nippon no Mikata (TV Tokyo, Fridays, 10-10:54 p.m.) This program is among the more interesting of the seven plus hours of prime time Takeshi monopolizes each week. The topic for Nov. 19 was why it's better not to strive to be the perfect couple. It was an apt topic since Japan celebrated "Ii Fufu" (Nice Married Couples) Day on Nov. 22. (The choice of date comes from the fact that 11/22 can also be read "i-i fu-fu" in Japanese.)
Nov 26'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup set (Japan Times)
Popular singing acts Arashi, Exile and AKB48 will be among those performing on "Kohaku Uta Gassen," NHK's popular TV show on New Year's Eve. NHK said that among the 44 selected individuals or groups, five are new faces on the annual music extravaganza, including Kana Uemura, 27, known for the hit single "Toire no Kamisama" ("God of the Toilet"). Rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel will take part in the show for the first time in 10 years.
Nov 26Reel in the catch of the season (Japan Times)
The long, record-breaking hot summer hasn't been good for sanma, or Pacific saury. Catches of this normally inexpensive fixture of the fall dinner table in Japanese homes have been so poor that its prices have skyrocketed - if you can find any to buy at all. Another popular fish that is in peak season at this time of year, salmon, is also in shorter supply than usual, due to the warm waters caused by the blistering heat of the summer. That doesn't mean that you have to forgo the pleasures of fish. Even if sanma is off the menu this year, you can still pick up other aozakana (blue-skinned fish), which are at their peak in the cooler months.
Nov 25Kabuki star Ebizo taken to hospital; says he was beaten up (Japan Today)
Kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo was taken to a hospital Thursday after police received an emergency call from his home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward reporting that he came home injured. The 32-year-old actor told police he was drinking with his friends at a restaurant in Nishi-Azabu on Wednesday night, where they met with a group of people. He went to another restaurant with the group, where he got into an argument and was beaten up, according to police.
Nov 25Man arrested over killing of ex-wife says he wanted daughter back from cult group (Mainichi)
A man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, a follower of a group that split from the AUM Shinrikyo cult, has told police he thought that the killing would enable him to get his daughter back. Saburo Nishimura, 70, was arrested following the stabbing in the Saitama Prefecture city of Yashio on Nov. 24 that claimed the life of his 63-year-old former wife, Michiko Tsukumo, a follower of the group Aleph, which split from AUM.
Nov 25Japan's frilly 'maids' go grey (AFP)
Japan's famed "maid cafes" featuring coy young girls serving tea in frilly aprons and bonnets have been given a new twist -- a cafe of unsmiling, grim-faced grannies reflecting a fast-greying nation. Tokyo's Ikebukuro district now boasts Cafe Rottenmeier, named after the disciplinary housekeeper in the hit 1970s anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps, and has been drawing some 500 customers daily during weekends in November. Patrons are greeted with a terse "welcome home" by an unsmiling Fraulein Rottenmeier lookalike before being scolded for slouching in chairs or for not removing their coats in the cafe's warm, cosy environs.
Nov 2517-year-old boy stabs 14-year-old sister to death at home (Japan Today)
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed his 14-year-old sister to death at their home in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. According to police, emergency services personnel found the girl bleeding on the floor at her home after responding to a call at around 3:30 p.m. The girl's brother confessed to having stabbed her. The girl died a short time later in hospital and her brother was charged with murder. The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was quoted by police as saying: "I did it because she was always making fun of me." Police said the boy told them he attacked his sister with a kitchen knife while she was in the bathroom.
Nov 25Man admits killing professor, claims disorder (Japan Times)
A 29-year-old Chuo University graduate on Wednesday admitted stabbing a college professor to death last year, but his lawyers said the Tokyo District Court should take into consideration that he has a delusional disorder. Ryuta Yamamoto stands accused of murdering Hajime Takakubo, 45, a professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the university's Bunkyo Ward campus, on Jan. 14, 2009. He was stabbed 47 times with hedge trimmers with 27.8-cm blades and bled to death in a men's room in his office building.
Nov 25Ultimate rickshaw wedding trip (Japan Times)
A rickshaw puller finished an around-the-country journey Monday in Ise, Mie Prefecture, then later in the day married a woman he met during his 7,000-km, two-year trip. Shohei Yamada, 32, and his partner, Miho Nakagawa, 28, both from Tokyo, were welcomed at an Ise hotel by about 200 friends they got to know during their trip. The pair then went straight to the hotel's wedding ceremony hall.
Nov 25Higashi-Honganji Temple turns to first new bell in 400 years (Japan Times)
A Kyoto temple recently replaced a 400-year-old bell to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran, the founder of the temple's Buddhist sect. The old bell of Higashi-Honganji Temple, cast in 1604, was one of the few surviving items from when the temple first opened in 1602.
Nov 24Woman held for abandoning baby in toilet in Tokyo apartment block (Japan Today)
Police on Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old woman after the body of a newborn baby boy was found abandoned in the shared toilet on the fifth floor of her apartment block in Nakasato in Tokyo's Kita Ward. The woman, identified as Meiko Ishizuka, has admitted the charge, and was quoted by police as saying: "It was an unplanned pregnancy. I didn't want the baby and didn't know what to do with it, so I left it in the toilet."
Nov 24Buddhist priest busted for hiring junior high hooker (Tokyo Reporter)
Should a Buddhist priest dabble in the pleasures of the flesh it is hardly news, well, unless it involves the body of a teenage girl, reports weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 2). On November 5, officers from the Yamanashi prefectural police and the Fuefuki Police Station arrested Nobuaki Matsumoto, 57, the head priest of Fukuo-ji Temple in Minami Alps City, for violating national prostitution and pornography statutes. According to the investigation, Matsumoto met up with a 14-year-old junior high school girl, a resident of Kai City, through broker Takanori Mochizuki (37) at JR Ryuo Station on August 9. They then went to a nearby love hotel.
Nov 24Japanese rain goggles mystery spawned on Two and a Half Men(Reuters)
Japanese rain goggles is a term no one heard of until last night. That may be why Japanese rain goggles became a huge search item, after they were mentioned on Two and a Half Men. Given that they were mentioned by Charlie Sheen's sex-crazed character, in an episode where he hooked up with a crazy ex, everyone figured it was something dirty. Since new, dirty sexual terms rocket up Internet trends lists, this one didn't take long to make it big. Yet its true meaning seems destined to be a mystery, since Japanese rain goggles really don't exist.
Nov 24Japanese open about being part of Sea Shepherd crew(Japan Times)
For Kuniko Oyakawa, that cetaceans may be more intelligent than, say, cows, pigs or chickens is not why she opposes whaling - she is against eating any wild creature. Oyakawa is one of the first two Japanese to fully identify themselves as crew members of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessels, which next month will try to block Japan's whale hunt. She is motivated by the belief that the human population has grown so large that people must stop eating wild animals to minimize the disruption to ecosystems.
Nov 24Kumamoto lets donors hunt castle treasure (Japan Times)
The Kumamoto Municipal Government is now soliciting donations to help restore parts of Kumamoto Castle, offering contributors of \10,000 or more the right to participate in a "treasure-hunting game" in and around the fortress. The city is now proceeding with a project to restore parts of the castle, originally built in 1496 and touted as one of the best three castles in Japan along with Osaka Castle and Nagoya Castle. The main castle tower, which was burned to the ground during the Seinan Rebellion in 1877, was restored in 1960. But the restoration of other sections of the castle remains unfinished.
Nov 234 bodies found in car in Saitama; suicide suspected(Japan Today)
Three men and one woman were found dead Tuesday in a parked car at a parking lot of a temple in Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, police said. Police believe the four, believed to be in their 20s to 40s, committed group suicide, as a charcoal stove of the type often used in carbon monoxide poisoning suicides was found on the back seat of the van. The car was locked and the windows were sealed with tape from the inside but no suicide notes were found, according to police.
Nov 23Junior high school girl leaps to death from apartment building (Mainichi)
A junior high school girl has died here after apparently leaping from the apartment complex where she lived, police said. She left a suicide note in her room, saying that she had been the victim of schoolyard bullying. "It was a sorrowful incident. We'll investigate the possibility that she had been bullied," Fumio Suzuki, principal of Sapporo Municipal Fushimi Junior High School where the girl was enrolled, told a news conference.
Nov 23Japan being overrun by sexually oriented senior citizens (Tokyo Reporter)
On Nov. 19, Chiba police arrested 75-year-old Morimitsu Iha on the charge of groping a 46-year-old woman aboard the JR Sobu Line. "Energetic," was the word that Nikkan Gendai (Nov. 23) uses to describe the suspect. "Iha was wearing a dark suit, possibly to make it easier to flee," a police source confides to the tabloid. "The victim had been holding a strap. He had moved behind her and begun rubbing his groin against her buttocks."
Nov 233 K-pop groups to receive Japan Record Awards (Manila Bulletin)
K-pop groups Big Bang, Girls Generation and KARA have won in their respective categories at the 52nd Japan Record Awards with the awarding to be held Dec. 30. The winners of the New Artist Award are Girls Generation (known in Japan as Shoujo Jidai), ICONIQ, S/mileage and Kikuchi Madoka. The Best New Artist winner will be selected among them.
Nov 233 hikers rescued, 4th in critical condition in Shizuoka (Japan Today)
A woman was found in a critical condition while three others were rescued on Tuesday in a mountainous area of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, after they went missing Monday. Police found Fusae Goto, 80, in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest by a mountain river during a search for the missing hikers on Tuesday morning. Police believe Goto accidentally slid down a slope during an outing to enjoy the autumn foliage.
Nov 23Russell Crowe arrives in Japan (accidentalsexiness.com)
With promotions in full swing for his new movie "The Next Three Days," Russell Crowe made his arrival into Narita International Airport on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 in Narita, Japan. This past weekend was an extremely difficult time for any film to open when its up against an enormous film like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Sadly Crowe's new film closed out this weekend in fifth place behind Deathly Hallows, Megamind, unstoppable, and Due Date.
Nov 23No prison for granddaughter who pilfered pension money (Yomiuri)
The Tokyo District Court on Monday sentenced the granddaughter of a man whose mummified remains were found in their home in July to 2-1/2 years in prison, suspended for four years, for fraudulently receiving the man's pension benefits. Sogen Kato had been recognized by the Tokyo metropolitan government as the oldest living man in Tokyo before his body was discovered at his house in Adachi Ward. The incident turned out to be the first in a series of cases in which local governments discovered centenarians registered in their cities, towns and villages were actually dead or missing.
Nov 23Two monkeys appointed stationmasters in Japan (India Times)
Hojomachi Station in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, has taken the bull by the horns (or something like that), and hired two monkeys as stationmasters in an effort to attract more customers to the floundering railroad line. Nehime and Rakan, aged seven and three months respectively, started "working" on the Hojo-cho line after they were formally appointed stationmasters and "special city residents" by the local mayor. The monkeys wear blue uniforms made from traditional local fabrics complete with mini hats, and belong to a local resident who offered the "special services" as a way to generate business.
Nov 22Scandal! Sumo wrestler driving video (Japan Probe)
A minor scandal has hit the Japan Sumo Association after somebody filmed sumo wrestlers driving and uploaded the video to YouTube. Wrestlers are barred from driving due to past incidents, including an accidental death in 2000 caused by then makuuchi Toki. Association Chairman Hanaregoma confirmed the wrestler belongs to the Mihogaseki stable and has given the stablemaster a strict reprimand. In the video, which appears to have been filmed during the ongoing Kyushu meet, several wrestlers are riding together in a vehicle.
Nov 22Seibu lets dogs on train for day of amusement (Japan Times)
More than 60 dogs boarded a chartered train with their masters Saturday in Tokyo to spend the day at an amusement park in the suburbs. The train run was part of a one-day event held by Seibu Railway Co., which invited about 120 dog lovers and owners to visit Seibu Amusement Park in Higashimurayama with their pets.
Nov 21Death penalty sought for minor for first time in lay-judge trial (Mainichi)
A 19-year-old youth charged with murdering two women, including his former girlfriend, in February has become the first minor to face the death penalty in a lay judge trial. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for the youth from the Miyagi Prefecture city of Ishinomaki, whose name is being withheld under the Juvenile Law, during a hearing at the Sendai District Court on Nov. 19. "It was an extremely vicious and brutal murder, and there is no possibility that he will be rehabilitated," a prosecutor said.
Nov 21Carnival 'snake lady' at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku (Tokyo Reporter)
On Friday, the traveling "snake lady" was at the tori no ichi festival at Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward for the final time this year. For 800 yen, curious attendees were allowed to squeeze inside a tent on the shrine compound and watch the white-faced woman, attired in a red gown, break off the head of a serpent with her teeth and then consume it. She also blew fire from her mouth. The festival, where people come to pray for good luck in business, is held twice in November and features roughly 300 vendors peddling food, drinks, and elaborately decorated rake-shaped bamboo ornaments (kumade).
Nov 21Heading for the hills - in style (Japan Times)
One sunny Saturday a couple of weeks ago, this writer joined five women and three men who met up at Ikusabata Station on the JR Ome Line in the mountains of western Tokyo. Sporting colorful but functional outdoor clothes, the young trendily dressed female trekkers were prime examples of what's recently come to be called the yama garu (mountain girl) phenomenon.

By JS on Dec 2, 2010

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