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Jan 082 cops accused of negligence after restrained lawyer fatally stabbed
Two officers with Akita Prefectural Police have been accused of professional negligence resulting in the death of a lawyer who was fatally stabbed by an assailant while being restrained by police, it has emerged. Two attorneys from outside the prefecture filed a criminal complaint against the officers who restrained local lawyer Hirotaka Tsuya, 55, during the attack at his home in early November, allowing the assailant to fatally stab the victim with a knife, the Akita District Public Prosecutors Office said. (Mainichi)

Jan 08Unnecessary operations performed on at least 140 people at Nara hospital
A hospital in Nara Prefecture was found to have performed unnecessary heart operations on at least 140 people on welfare, Osaka and other municipal officials said Friday. The operations were performed mainly by Fumio Yamamoto, former head of Yamamoto Hospital in the city of Yamatokoriyama, who has been convicted of fraud over medical service fees at the hospital, they said. The operations were performed to prevent heart infarction by injecting contrast agents into the bodies through catheters and then inserting stents into heart blood vessels to expand them. (AP)
Jan 08Asian models change face of fashion
A new group of Asian models from Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea are redefining the face of international fashion. They are not yet household names, but they are sharing international runways and starring in lucrative advertising campaigns alongside the world's highest-paid beauties. The Taiwanese actor-turned-model Godfrey Tsao is the latest to join this crop of mainly female models. Taller than most of his countrymen at 1.85 metres, Tsao has become the first Asian male to star in a menswear advertising campaign for the French fashion house Louis Vuitton. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 08Man cleared of exposing himself at public bath
A 34-year-old man indicted for exposing himself outside the women's section of a public bathhouse in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, in 2009 was cleared Friday of public indecency after a court found his act wasn't intentional. The Kanazawa District Court said the man from Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, "probably fell asleep on a sofa set up near the ladies' bath. There is reasonable doubt that he exhibited his lower body with intent to offend women." (Japan Times)
Jan 07Japan rebuilds ancient castle
There are more than 100 castles in Japan, and almost all of them were originally built for static defence. Most of them have become decrepit over time. But there's an effort to rebuild some of the more important ones, such as Honmaru Goten, one of Japan's three strongest citadels in Kumamoto, southern Japan. The only construction on the palace ground that survived Japan's last great civil war, the Seinan War of 1877, was the Udo Yagura. (Channel NewsAsia)
Jan 07Fire under tracks at Tokyo Station, no injuries
A fire occurred under the tracks at Tokyo Station on Jan. 6, but was extinguished with no injuries. At around 7:35 p.m., a station employee called emergency services to report the fire after noticing smoke and sparks emitting from the north-bound lane of the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. According to the Tokyo Fire Department, a resin insulation board placed under the electric rails to keep the electric current from traveling to surrounding structures caught fire. The fire was extinguished after it had been burning for about two hours. (Mainichi )
Jan 07Suspect in attempted murder of junior high boy tests positive for drugs
A suspect in the attempted murder of a junior high school boy here has tested positive for stimulant use, an investigative source has told the Mainichi. Takeshi Tsutsumi, 34, was arrested on Jan. 5 on suspicion of stabbing the 15-year-old victim in the parking lot of a local home center at about 5 p.m. on Jan. 4., inflicting serious injuries expected to take a month to heal. Police discovered traces of stimulants during a urine test, and are now investigating when Tsutsumi may have consumed the drugs and whether there is any connection with the attack. (Mainichi )
Jan 07Families get steaming hot start to 2011 with bowls of traditional 7-herb porridge
About 200 visitors took part in a traditional New Year's okayu -- or rice porridge -- eating event at an historic temple here. The annual Japanese custom of eating rice porridge containing seven herbs on Jan. 7 is believed to protect people from diseases throughout the year. At the 800-year-old Sozen-ji temple in the Gunma Prefecture city of Kiryu, the seven herbs picked from around the site -- including Japanese parsley and shepherd's purse -- were thrown into a 60-centimeter diameter pot of steaming rice porridge at the sound of the temple bell at 6 a.m. (Mainichi )
Jan 07Quake-sunk Tokyo fortress restored
Restored buildings from a fortress in Tokyo Bay that was destroyed and submerged by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake will be opened to the public in late January in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Fort No. 3, built on a man-made island by the Imperial Japanese Army to protect the capital, was completed in 1921 after around 30 years of construction, but the quake toppled the fortress only two years later and left a third of it underwater. (Japan Times)
Jan 07Suit claims single surname rule contravenes Constitution
Five people are set to file a suit with the Tokyo District Court claiming that a Civil Code article forcing married couples to choose a single surname contravenes the Constitution, lawyers representing the prospective plaintiffs said Thursday. It will be the first lawsuit to contest the constitutionality of Article 750 of the Civil Code, according to the lawyers. The lawsuit is expected to reignite a long-standing debate on the possible introduction of a system that would allow men and women to retain their respective surnames after marriage. (Japan Times)
Jan 07Elderly people seeking new amusements
They may evoke images of a young person's hangout, but amusement parlors are increasingly attracting a different kind of clientele who drop in for casual interaction with others like themselves--elderly people. Some parlors even offer them special benefits. One recent weekday morning, a group of spritely seniors were playing games at a branch of the Round One Minamisuna amusement chain in a Koto Ward, Tokyo, shopping center. The most popular game was an easy-to-play medal game, the purpose of which was to collect medals to play other games in the parlor. (Yomiuri)
Jan 06Japanese cat character Hikonyan receives 10,000 New Year cards
Hikonyan, a popular feline mascot of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, has received over 10,000 New Year greeting cards from fans in and out of Japan, the city announced Thursday. As more cards are expected to arrive in coming days, city officials expect this year's total to break the record of 13,000 cards set last year. The officials said they appreciate the cards but are not sure if the cat can "respond" to all the senders due to the amount received. (AP)
Jan 06Son suspected of keeping father's mummified corpse in wardrobe for over 5 years
Police here are investigating a man for abandoning a corpse after his father's mummified remains were believed found in a wardrobe at the apartment the father and son shared. According to police, Mitsuo Sonoda's 55-year-old son, currently in hospital, has admitted to putting the body of his father -- who would now be 92 years old -- into the wardrobe. (Mainichi)
Jan 06Japan politician's 'peeping' guard arrested
The police bodyguard of a senior Japanese politician has been arrested after trying to peep on a woman washing in her bathroom, police said Thursday. Masahiro Kato, 47, assigned to protect the Liberal Democrats' Secretary General Nobuteru Ishihara, was arrested on trespass charges by another police officer Wednesday night outside a house in Chiba near Tokyo, local police said. Kato, an assistant police inspector with the Tokyo metropolitan police, had been loitering outside the bathroom window but was scared off when a male resident heard a noise and came outside, police said. (mysinchew.com)
Jan 06Samurai spirit: Liberated Japanese lasses turn seductresses in name of country
This may be the Year of the Rabbit, but Nikkan Gendai (Jan. 1) predicts that Japanese women will not be satisfied nibbling on mere carrots. The daily tabloid says that the rise of nikushokukei joshi, or carnivorous women, will continue to pick up steam in the year 2011. Fuzoku writer Yukio Murakami explains that women are increasingly viewing themselves differently. "Women believe that they too should be able to freely enjoy sex just as men do," the sex scribe says. "Even with steady boyfriends they'll still approach men at train stations as the evening's last train approaches." (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 06Japan's population falls by over 100,000 for first time since the war
Famously home to one of the world's fastest ageing societies, Japan experienced a record population drop of 123,000 during 2010. The decline is the fourth consecutive annual decline and brings the current population to 125.77 million, according to statistics released by the health ministry. The nation's already ageing population combined with an extreme summer heatwave were believed to have caused deaths to hit a record 1.19 million, an increase of 52,000 compared to the previous year. (telegraph.co.uk)
Jan 06Man held for stabbing 15-year-old boy in Ibaraki hardware store car park
A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing and seriously injuring a 15-year-old schoolboy in a hardware store car park in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Tuesday. Several witnesses to the stabbing, which took place at 5 p.m., described the attacker's car to police who then found the vehicle in a convenience store car park in Ushiku at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. (Japan Today )
Jan 05Japanese women tire of their men
It was Japan's gay community - keen observers and labellers of social subclasses - that first came up with the word gaisen. A slightly acerbic term used to describe Japanese women who prefer Western men, gaisen, or a subtler alternative, is likely to enter the broader vocabulary sometime soon, if it hasn't already. Statistics show that more and more Japanese women are turning their backs on Japanese men and marrying Australian, American, European or British men. Mixed marriages in Japan, one of the most racially homogenous countries in the world, are on the rise. (The Australian)
Jan 05Man arrested for stabbing boy at parking lot in Tsuchiura
A man who stabbed a 15-year-old boy at a parking lot here has been arrested, police said on Jan. 5. Takeshi Tsutsumi, 34, a self-proclaimed deliveryman from Ami, Ibaraki Prefecture, stands accused of attempted murder. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations. Tsutsumi is suspected of stabbing a third-grade junior high school student from the prefectural city of Ushiku with a knife at a parking lot of a home improvement center in Tsuchiura on the evening of Jan. 4. He was arrested in the predawn hours of the next morning. (Mainichi )
Jan 05Wakayama becomes last prefecture in Japan to ban smoking in taxis
Wakayama Prefecture enforced a total ban on smoking in taxis Wednesday, making it Japan's last prefecture to do so, an industry body said. The ban covers 1,745 taxis run by 80 firms plus 66 owner-driven cabs in the western Japan prefecture, following similar moves in all other prefectures except Hokkaido and Nagasaki, where similar bans are being imposed zone by zone, according to the Japan Federation and Fire-Taxi Associations. (AP)
Jan 05Do New Year's attendance numbers really count?
As they do every New Year, people this holiday season flocked to the nation's shrines and temples, including Tokyo's popular Meiji Jingu shrine and Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Chiba Prefecture, for their first visit of the year. Yet for the second year in a row, the National Police Agency has not released attendance figures. Last year, the agency discontinued its long-standing policy of publicizing the number of visitors to the country's temples and shrines during the season. (Yomiuri )
Jan 05Pair found dead in crashed plane
A man and a woman were found dead Tuesday in the wreckage of a small plane that disappeared the previous day in Kumamoto Prefecture, police said. Although final confirmations were yet to be made, the fatalities are believed to be Dr. Hiroshi Koda, 53, the pilot, and his wife, Hiromi, 50. The couple lived in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the police said. The plane disappeared from radar about two minutes after leaving Kumamoto Airport at 5:12 p.m. Monday bound for Kitakyushu, according to the police. (Japan Times )
Jan 04Gov't to launch hot line for victims of sexual, domestic violence
The Cabinet Office said Tuesday it will provide a toll-free, round-the-clock hot line service for both male and female victims of sexual and domestic violence for two months from February. "We hope we will be able to help victims who are suffering alone and to use the service to create a future support system for them," a Cabinet Office official said. According to a 2008 Cabinet Office survey, over 60 percent of women victims of sexual assault never consulted anyone about their suffering. (AP)
Jan 04Japanese pray for good fortune as working year starts
Thousands of Japanese packed a Tokyo shrine on Tuesday, the first working day of 2011, to pray for better luck and a rebound in the lagging economy just days after ushering in the Year of the Rabbit. By midday, some 70,000 people had visited Tokyo's Kanda Myoujin shrine, dedicated to several gods including the god of good fortune, to bow their heads and wish for a more prosperous year. (Reuters )
Jan 04Fake bill found in Matsuyama shrine's cash box on New Year's Day
A fake 10,000 yen note has been found at a Shinto shrine in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture among cash used by visitors to buy charms on New Year's Day, the shrine's priest said late Monday. Two other fake notes with the same serial number were also found Monday at local stores and police are investigating. (AP)
Jan 04Reward offered for missing Japanese woman
A reward is being offered for information on a Japanese woman who went missing here over a year ago, a marriage consulting firm said Monday. Eriko Tanahashi, a devoted fan of "hallyu," or the Korean Wave, star Ryu Si-won, was last seen in January 2010 after planning to visit a filming location of her favorite drama, "Winter Sonata." The firm, Sunoo, is offering 10 million won ($8,860) for information on the whereabouts of Tanahashi, who was 58 at the time of her disappearance. (Korea Herald)
Jan 04Rabbit appointed railway stationmaster in bid to boost local tourism
A railway station here has appointed a rabbit -- this year's Chinese zodiac sign -- as its stationmaster in an attempt to boost local tourism. JR Unomachi Station in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, is the country's only railway station that contains the Chinese kanji character for rabbit in its name. The station appointed 8-month-old white male rabbit Tsubasa as its stationmaster and presented the uniform hat during an official appointment ceremony on Jan. 3. (Mainichi)
Jan 04Comedian returns to Japan, nearing end of 2-year, 44,000-kilometer trek around globe
Comedian Kanpei Hazama, who is in the middle of his round-the-world sailing and marathon bid, arrived at the port here on Jan. 4, returning to Japan for the first time in two years. He is expected to arrive at his final goal, Osaka, on Jan. 21. "I'm back home safe!" the 61-year-old comedian yelled as he waved from the bow of his yacht to his fans at the Nishi-Fukuoka Marina Marinoa in Fukuoka's Nishi Ward. Hazama and his wife Michiyo embraced each other and celebrated his safe return. (Mainichi)
Jan 037 die in Tokyo, 2 in Saitama, due to 'mochi' rice cakes
A 96-year-old man died Monday after a piece of "mochi" rice cake became stuck in his throat at his home in Tokyo, becoming the seventh person, all of whom were men, in Tokyo to die of the same cause during the first three days of the new year, rescue workers said Monday. In Saitama Prefecture, a 66-year-old woman died Monday a day after she choked on a rice cake during a New Year's event at a pachinko parlor in Kawaguchi and was hospitalized, police said. (AP )
Jan 03All-girl NMB48 pop group debuts in Osaka, hopes to match success of Tokyo's AKB48
New all-girl group NMB48 has made its stage debut at a theater by the same name in this city's entertainment district. Some 240 people flocked to the NMB48 Theater in Osaka's Namba district on the New Year's Day as the16-member pop group -- ranging in age between 12 and 16 -- made its live stage debut. The group hopes to follow in the successful footsteps of their sister group AKB48, based in Tokyo's Akihabara district. (Mainichi )
Jan 03For luck in the new year, skip the mochi and try prosperity soup
Every New Year's Day, a small number of Japanese stop abruptly in the middle of supper, keel over, and die. The culprit in the choking deaths of these annual unfortunates, who tend to be elderly, is a glutinous substance called mochi. Made of pounded rice and usually sold in smooth, off-white bricks, mochi is a regular grocery store item in Japan. A food that regularly kills would not seem to be the most auspicious thing to serve the in-laws at New Year (or would it?) but year after year, with the belief that traditional meals conduce to good fortune, millions of brave Japanese sit down to hot bowls of soup with mochi. (washingtonexaminer.com)
Jan 03Anti-poverty campaign continues after end of tent village
While a temporary shelter for jobless and homeless people in Tokyo during the year-end and New Year holidays was not set up this season, those who were involved in the previous campaigns received inquiries from the end of December to Monday. Makoto Yuasa, the Cabinet Office adviser who led the campaign known as "the Hibiya tent village," said following the consulting that there still are people who seek advice, even though the tent village campaign was not launched this time. (AP)
Jan 022010 traffic death toll at 4,863, down for 10th straight year
The road traffic death toll in Japan during 2010 was 4,863, down 51, or 1 percent, from the previous year and marking the 10th straight year of decline, the National Police Agency said Sunday. But 50.4 percent of the total, or 2,450, were people aged 65 and above, marking the first time the age bracket has accounted for more than half of total deaths since records began in 1966, according to the agency's preliminary data. (AP )
Jan 02Traffic jam cleared, stalled train resumes service in Tottori Pref.
A large-scale traffic jam involving as many as around 1,000 vehicles on a national road in Tottori Prefecture from New Year's Eve was cleared Sunday morning, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said. Work to remove all of the vehicles on Route 9, where the congestion was triggered by an accident on Friday and worsened by heavy snow, was completed at around 8:30 a.m. and the road was reopened to traffic about 42 hours after it first got clogged. (AP )

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