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Public's affinity for China drops to record low 20%: survey
Japan Times - Dec 19, 2010

The number of Japanese who feel friendly toward China dropped to a record low 20 percent in a poll conducted by the government, down 18.5 percentage points from the previous survey last year, the Cabinet Office said Saturday. Meanwhile, those who said they do not have friendly feelings jumped 19.3 points to 77.8 percent, a record high since the survey began in 1978, according to a public opinion survey on foreign affairs. Questionnaires were sent to 3,000 adults throughout the country, with 65.1 percent providing replies. (Japan Times)
Man with knife wounds five aboard two buses
Japan Times - Dec 18, 2010

A man slashed five people with a knife Friday morning and struck others inside two commuter buses packed with students near JR Toride Station in Ibaraki Prefecture, leaving 14 people with minor injuries, police and city officials said. The man, identified as Yuta Saito, 27, was subdued by passengers and placed under arrest at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the police. They said he was carrying a 25-cm-long kitchen knife and allegedly admitted committing the attack. (Japan Times)

24-year-old woman found murdered at boyfriend's home in Shiga Pref.
Mainichi - Dec 18, 2010

A woman has been found murdered at her boyfriend's apartment here, police said. At around 10:40 p.m. on Dec. 17, 24-year-old Naoyo Okumura's boyfriend, 31, returned to the apartment to find her lying in the kitchen, bleeding from the neck, and alerted emergency services, local police said. Okumura, a resident of Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, was pronounced dead at the scene. Okumura had several slash wounds to her neck, leading investigators to conclude that she had been murdered. (Mainichi)

Mosasaur's jawbone fossil found, to be shown in Osaka Pref.
AP - Dec 17, 2010

The fossilized jawbone of a mosasaur, a large marine lizard that died out about 65.5 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period, has been uncovered in a layer of earth in Sennan, Osaka Prefecture, with the finder donating it Saturday to a local museum. The marine predator's jawbone, measuring roughly 15 centimeters by 8 cm, was found in March and will be exhibited at the Natural History Museum in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture until Jan. 30, according to the museum. (AP)

Ozawa sets up showdown with Kan
Japan Times - Dec 18, 2010

Ichiro Ozawa, one of the country's most powerful lawmakers, rejected a request Friday to testify before a Diet ethics panel over his alleged role in falsifying a political funding report, setting up a possible showdown with Prime Minister Naoto Kan next week, ruling party lawmakers said. Ozawa, a kingpin in the Democratic Party of Japan, told the party's secretary general, Katsuya Okada, that he finds "no rational reason" to appear before the Lower House political ethics panel, considering that his case will be addressed in court. (Japan Times)

Come for Japan, stay for the surgery
Wall Street Journal - Dec 18, 2010

In a bid to cash in on its high-quality but expensive medical industry Japan said Friday it will ease visa requirements to encourage the flow of wealthy travelers seeking medical treatment here. The government will loosen visa requirements in January 2011 that would allow patients to receive renewable, multiple-entry half-year visas, lengthening the current single-entry visa period by about three months, according to a statement released by the foreign ministry Friday. (Wall Street Journal)

By JS on Dec 22, 2010

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