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'Prince of kabuki' the talk of the town after night of drinking turns ugly

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Dec 04Below the Belt: Chiba clinic chief coralled for coffee enemas
Seduction in Japan often starts with a male inviting a female to join him for a perfectly legal cup of java. But using coffee to purge patients' bowels has landed the operator of a defunct Chiba clinic and two other individuals in the pokey, Sankei Sports (Dec. 4) reports. When a 14-year-old middle school girl complaining of constipation came for a consultation, Chikayoshi Hishiki, age 55, arranged for her to be administered a coffee enema, which, he told her, would "clean out" her intestines. (Tokyo Reporter)
Dec 04The Jacksons to tour with Japanese R&B singer
The Jacksons are reuniting for the first time since their brother Michael's death for a concert tour which will kick off in October, 2011. The two shows in Tokyo will feature Japanese pop music star A.I. A.I. will emcee the shows and sing with Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine; the Japanese star announced the plans to CNNGo. If the concerts are a success, there are talks the show could become a world tour. The 29-year-old A.I.'s latest album features cameos by Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men and K'naan. She's also planning to record new songs with The Jacksons in early 2011. (The Star)
Dec 04Korea's Girls' Generation/SNSD ready to storm Japan
The Japanese music market may be increasingly resistant to international repertoire, but that isn't stopping Girls' Generation. The Korean girl group is hoping to turn huge YouTube buzz into sales in Japan and other international markets. Known as So Nyuh Shi Dae, or SNSD, at home and as Shoujo Jidai in Japan, the nine-member pop group has become a most-viewed regular on YouTube. Its kitsch videos for songs including "Gee" and "Hoot" have racked up 30.1 million and 5.9 million views, respectively. (billboard.com )
Dec 03Japanese prisons face swelling elderly population
Handrails run down the middle of the hallway to help prisoners make their way from one end to the other. Adult diapers are neatly stacked in a corner. When an inmate chokes on his rice and coughs, a supervisor rushes over to rub his back. Welcome to the world of old-age prisons. Japan's population is aging faster than anywhere else, and with that has come an even sharper rise in elderly inmates. The number of Japanese prisoners aged 60 or older has doubled over the past decade to more than 10,000. That outpaces a 30 percent increase in the general population for that age group. The elderly now represent 16 percent of the nation's inmates. (deseretnews.com)
Dec 03'Prince of kabuki' the talk of the town after night of drinking turns ugly
Kabuki star Ebizo Ichikawa has been making daily headlines in tabloids and TV shows ever since he got drunk and was beaten up late last month, drawing great public attention and triggering concerns for his performances scheduled for early next year. Ebizo, 32, had been hanging out with his fellow kabuki actors at several establishments in Tokyo's Minato Ward from around 11 p.m. on Nov. 24, before getting into trouble with several customers at a bar in the ward's Nishiazabu district. He returned to his home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward at around 7:10 a.m. on Nov. 25, only to be rushed back to hospital in Minato Ward. He was diagnosed with a fractured cheek bone, a broken tooth and other injuries that would require about six weeks to heal and was immediately hospitalized. (Mainichi )
Dec 03Gals hit the streets as Okinawa's red lights dim
With the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City on the island of Okinawa factoring in the recently held gubernatorial election, weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 9) updates its readership on any impact that may be in store for its surrounding red-light district. During the run-up to the vote, held on Nov. 28, in which Okinawan Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, 71, narrowly defeated 58-year-old former Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha to retain his title, the magazine explains that the ongoing crackdown on shops supplying sleaze in Ginowan's Maebara entertainment area was an issue that lurked behind the scenes. For a little background, along with the Tobita Shinchi brothel quarter in Osaka, the Maebara red-light district is known for adult-oriented clubs that specialize in quickies and feature attractive prices. Since spring, police have been cracking down on establishments in the area, also referred to as "Shinmachi." Many of the shops had been operating on an underground basis. (Tokyo Reporter)
Dec 03Man sentenced to 18 years for killing Chuo Univ professor
A graduate of Chuo University was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday for killing one of his former professors on campus in Tokyo last year. The Tokyo District Court handed down the decision on Ryuta Yamamoto, 29, for murdering 45-year-old Hajime Takakubo, a professor in the private university's Faculty of Science and Engineering. In the trial involving citizen judges, prosecutors had sought 20 years in prison while the defense called for six years, although both sides had agreed that he was suffering from a personality disorder. (Japan Today )
Dec 03Pole dancers descend on Japan for competition
The powerful, sensual and acrobatic performance of pole dancers is sure to titillate audiences at the International Pole Championship in Tokyo on Dec. 9. Pole dancing uses a vertical, fixed pole to perform techniques, called "tricks," such as flipping upside-down on and spinning around the pole, together with posing and floor movements, according to Lu Nagata, one of the judges at this year's championship and one of Japan's pioneer pole dancers. (Japan Times )
Dec 02Babysitter arrested in abuse and death of 5-year-old girl
Police here arrested a woman on Dec. 1 for alleged abuse resulting in the death of a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting. Junko Yanase, 34, stands accused of inflicting fatal cranial injuries on Mana Miyazawa by sending her head smashing into the front door of her home with a kick to her back on Nov. 24. The cranial injuries starved Mana's brain of oxygen, and she collapsed in the washroom of her home in the Saitama Prefecture city of Higashi-matsuyama on Nov. 25. She died the following day. (Mainichi )
Dec 02Tokyo Sky Tree tops 500 meters during construction
The Tokyo Sky Tree tower, under construction in Tokyo's Sumida Ward and already the tallest building in Japan, topped the 500-meter mark Wednesday, its operator said. Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co said the new communications tower reached the height of 511 meters as builders worked on the top part of its main section. They docked a lightning conductor and an antivibration device with the "gain tower" -- to be fitted with antennas for terrestrial digital broadcasting -- that was pulled from the ground to the top inside the structure. (Japan Today )
Dec 02In Japan, it's starting to eel a lot like Christmas
An aquarium in Japan is shocking visitors with its Christmas display -- using an eco-friendly electric eel to illuminate the lights on its holiday tree. Each time the eel moves, two aluminium panels gather enough electricity to light up the 2-metre (6 ft 6 in) tall tree, decked out in white, in glowing intermittent flashes. The aquarium in Kamakura, just south of Tokyo, has featured the electric eel for five years to encourage ecological sensitivity. (Reuters)
Dec 02Absence makes the heart seek marathon sex
"I'm a beautician, and my guy works in his company's sales department. We're both damn busy and it's hard to coordinate our days off, which is why we hadn't had a chance to meet for the past several months." Thus begins an erotic account extracted from the December issue of women's soft porn magazine Ai no Taiken Special Deluxe, as appearing in Shukan Bunshun (Nov. 25). The narrator's solution was for her and her beau to both take their paid holidays, which combined with regular work holidays added up to a full week. "On the first day, I went over to his apartment," the woman relates. "I'd barely taken off my shoes when we were going at it on the bed. I think I might have even told him, 'Ohh, I really missed you,' but for the life of me all I remember is seeing his earnest face as he kissed me. (Tokyo Reporter)
Dec 02Japan's No. 3 gangster arrested in police war on underworld
The number-three boss in Japan's biggest yakuza crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, was arrested Wednesday in an intensifying police crackdown on the country's underworld. Police in the western Japanese prefecture of Osaka held Tadashi Irie, 65, on suspicion of compensating the relatives of a hitman who had been jailed for murdering a senior member of a rival yakuza group in a gangland vendetta. (AFP)
Dec 02High-school boy arrested for strangling girlfriend in Tokyo
A high-school boy in Tokyo has been arrested for allegedly strangling his girlfriend, police said. Police arrested an 18-year-old high-school boy, a resident of Tokyo's Koto Ward, on suspicion of murder. The third grader stands accused of strangling his 19-year-old girlfriend, construction worker Chikage Yumoto, with a belt at her home in Tokyo's Kita Ward on Nov. 23. The victim was found dead by her mother the next day. (Mainichi)
Dec 01Man killed after avalanche strikes group of skiers, snowboarders
One man died and four others were injured Tuesday after a group of six skiers and snowboarders became caught in an avalanche on a mountain in central Japan. A 32-year-old company employee from Tokyo, Hiroshi Takeda, died in the accident that occurred shortly before 9 a.m. while the six were climbing the northern slope of 2,621-meter Mt. Kunimi in the Tateyama Mountain Range, according to Toyama prefectural police. Two men are in serious condition and two others sustained injuries that are not life-threatening, they said. (Japan Today )
Dec 01Woman abducted in Japan for religious practices
A member of the Unification Church in Japan is missing and believed to have been abducted because of her religious beliefs, the International Coalition for Religious Freedom announced today. Ms. AY has been reported missing under the probability of abduction and attempted forced conversion in Japan, the coalition said. Her fiance, Mr. Takafumi Fukuzaki, has filed a report with the police requesting an immediate investigation and said that Ms. AY was fearful for her safety to the extent that she previously filed a letter with the Unification Church, "requesting rescue in case of disappearance." (prnewswire.com )
Nov 3011-year-old plunges to death from Tokyo apartment
An 11-year-old boy plunged to his death from an apartment complex in the Tokyo city of Higashi-Murayama on Nov. 29, apparently after he leaped from the 14th floor, police said. A resident made an emergency call at about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, reporting a boy collapsed in the courtyard of the 14-story complex. The boy, who lived on the second floor, was taken to a hospital, but died soon afterwards. Police suspect that the 11-year-old may have committed suicide, though no suicide note was found. (Mainichi)
Nov 30Japan's suicide epidemic
An average of 30,000 Japanese people take their own lives every year. Today, News Stream examines the role the internet is playing in this challenging national issue. While web discussion boards have attracted their share of criticism for 'promoting' suicide online, another phenomenon has emerged that is more shocking still - live suicide streaming. A recent case in Japan has made international headlines, and today's edition of News Stream looks at the webcast that drew an audience of more than 4000. (CNN)
Nov 30Arrest warrant obtained for man who beat up kabuki star Ebizo
Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 26-year-old man on suspicion of assault on Japan's top Kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo, who sustained serious facial injuries in a restaurant brawl last week, investigation sources said Monday. According to the sources, the man, a Tokyo resident, is suspected of having inflicted severe injuries on Ebizo, 32, by punching him in the face after getting into an argument early Thursday at a restaurant in Tokyo's Nishiazabu district. (Japan Today )
Nov 30Police storm house in Iwate to rescue hostage after 11-hour standoff
A 58-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after taking a woman in her 70s hostage for nearly 11 hours in an apartment building in the town of Shizukuishi, Iwate Prefecture, where he also injured a male resident with a knife. Police officers stormed the building around 4:40 a.m. and took Chiaki Toriyabe, who is unemployed, into custody. The woman was unharmed, they said. (Japan Today )
Nov 30Marriage counselor advises concerned parents to help their sonny boy get laid
A seminar, on the theme of "The Current Marriage Situation in Japan," was held at an auditorium on the campus of a national university. The attendees were several dozen male and female participants ranging in age from their 40s to their 60s. The real reason people attended, reports Nikkan Gendai (Nov. 30), is that they want to commiserate on why their children seem unable to find a marriage partner. The guest speaker, marriage consultant Hiromi Ikeuchi, doesn't pull any punches. "It might be presumptuous of me to say this, but you parents also bear responsibility for why your children are unable to marry," she says. (Tokyo Reporter)
Nov 30Justice not served in navy abuse case
This summer, a U.S. Navy doctor, Lt. Cmdr. Anthony L. Velasquez, 48, walked free after serving seven days in the brig at the Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture. He had admitted to two counts each of wrongful sexual contact and conduct unbecoming an officer. He had, however, gotten off lightly, with a two-year prison sentence, $28,000 fine and forfeiture of all pay and allowances suspended for a year in a deal struck with naval authorities. Twenty-nine further charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea. (Japan Times)
Nov 30Prince Akishino turns 45, says imperial family must be suited to times
Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito, said on the occasion of his 45th birthday Tuesday that the imperial family should always search for a way of being best suited to the times. "We must always think how we should exist to respond to the demands of the times," said the prince at a press conference in Tokyo, adding he and his elder brother Crown Prince Naruhito have had discussions on the future of the family several times, and hope to have more on the subject. Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, 44, who was also present at the press conference, marked their 20th wedding anniversary in June this year. (Japan Today )
Nov 29Tokyo Filmex wraps, 'Love Addiction' wins Grand Prize
The 11th Tokyo Filmex concluded on Sunday with its Grand Prize being awarded to the drama "Love Addiction," the third feature from helmer Nobuteru Uchida. Uchida made his feature-length debut with the love story "Kaza-ana" three years ago. "Love Addiction" covers similar themes, profiling the complicated romantic relationships between four co-workers. "I think that Japanese independent films are of high quality," said Uchida. "I am hoping that all of my colleagues who make films like this will continue to move forward in the future." The pic was awarded 1 million yen, which is 100,000 yen less than the film's budget. The jury appreciated the low-budget nature of the film, saying that its intensity - largely created through strong acting and the use of a hand-held camera - conveyed a powerful expression. (Tokyo Reporter)
Nov 29Japanese singer Silvia dies of cancer at 52
Silvia, a Japanese member of singing group "Los Indios & Silvia," died of lung cancer Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, her family said Monday. She was 52. Silvia, a native of Osaka Prefecture, whose real name was Rieko Matsuda, joined the veteran group in 1979. The group released the same year its hit song "Wakaretemo Sukinahito" (Person I Love Even After We Broke Up) which was long-loved and sang by many people in the wake of the karaoke boom in Japan. Silvia won a long-seller prize at the Japan Record Awards in 1980. (Japan Today )
Nov 293 killed in vehicle collisions in expressway tunnel in Mie
Three people died after their car caught fire following collisions with an oncoming truck and a van from behind inside a tunnel on an expressway in Mie Prefecture on Monday, police said. In addition to the fatalities-a man and two women who resided in Mie Prefecture-four people were injured, according to police. The accident on the Kisei Expressway in central Japan occurred at around 9:45 a.m. Monday when the truck slipped and swerved into the opposing traffic lane and crashed head-on with the car, and then the van collided into them near an end of the 596-meter long tunnel, according to witnesses and police. (Japan Today )
Nov 29Woman in Japan phoned 999 for nasal spray help for her dad in Oxfordshire
A woman in Japan phoned 999 to ask paramedics to save her dad in Oxfordshire... by getting the cap off his nasal spray. The bizarre emergency call emerged as South Central Ambulance Service revealed that time-wasters, hypochondriacs and hoaxers cost it more than £3million last year. Of the 36,500 calls it has taken since April, half were non-emergencies. (mirror.co.uk)
Nov 29'MPD data' book wreaks havoc / Foreign residents who had private info exposed express fear, anger
People who saw their personal information published last week in a book containing what is believed to be police antiterrorism documents are expressing anger and fear over the fallout they could face. Many foreign residents had their photos and family members' names revealed in the book, which some bookstores have removed from their shelves. It has been about one month since the suspected leak came to light, but the MPD has yet to confirm the data belongs to the department, only saying it is still verifying the validity of the documents. The police have not taken any action, such as requiring the publisher to stop sales of the book. (Yomiuri)
Nov 286-year-old girl dies, murder suspected
A 6-year-old girl was found unconscious in a ditch near her apartment here Sunday morning, and was later confirmed dead at a hospital, police said. As Rio Matsubara is believed to have been strangled, police have launched an investigation into a possible murder case, they added. Before she was found, she was with her brother, 9, and sister, 8, in their second-floor apartment, where a fire broke, while their mother, Naoko, 29, was out at that time, according to the police. (Mainichi)
Nov 286 Filipinos killed in collision in western Japan
Six Filipinos were killed when their minibus collided with a large truck at an intersection Sunday morning in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture. Twenty-two people, including two drivers, were injured, of whom 10 are in serious condition, police said. Police said 27 people, including the six dead, were in the minibus owned by a temporary staffing service and were heading to a liquid crystal panel factory in the city. (Mainichi)
Nov 28Murakami took 4 years to approve 'Norwegian Wood'
The director of a soon-to-be-released movie based on Haruki Murakami's book "Norwegian Wood" said it took him four years to win the approval of the Japanese author to adapt the popular novel. Recalling his first meeting with Murakami in 2004, Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung told The Associated Press on Friday that the writer was "quiet, very serious, and very careful." Murakami finally gave the green light for the adaptation in 2008. (Washington Post)
Nov 28Sion Sono's 'Cold Fish' gets Japan premier at Tokyo Filmex
Getting its Japan premier at Tokyo Filmex on Saturday was art-house helmer Sion Sono's latest pic, the gore fest "Tsumetai Nettaigyo" (Cold Fish), which he said goes in a completely different direction from his last pic, "Love Exposure." His inspiration for making the film came from two areas. "There are many crime cases in Japan that have interested me," said Sono following the screening at the Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. "I also wanted to depict a sense of total hopelessness, which I feel is lacking in Japanese films." The grotesque, sometimes humorous, often farcical pic, which is based on an actual killing spree committed by a dog kennel owner in the 1980s, tells the story of a family of three that becomes entangled in a string of ongoing murders perpetrated by a tropical fish salesman in Shizuoka Prefecture. (Tokyo Reporter)
Nov 28Takashi Murakami's Macy's Parade Balloons
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 )

By JS on Dec 8, 2010
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