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Thousands flock to Nintendo 3DS premiere in Japan
AFP - Jan 8, 2011

Thousands of Japanese game fans flocked to an exhibition hall near Tokyo as Nintendo let the general public try its 3D-enabled DS console for the first time. The new-generation DS machine -- which allows users to play 3D games without wearing special glasses -- missed the Christmas season but will be released on February 26 in Japan and in March in the United States, Europe and Australia. Thousands of gamers on Saturday converged on the hall as Nintendo kicked off an admission-free, three-day event for the 3DS in Chiba, east of Tokyo. (AFP)
Temperatures drop all over Japan
Japan Times - Jan 8, 2011

Temperatures fell Friday morning to their lowest levels this winter in many parts of the country. In the Otemachi business district in Tokyo, the mercury sank to a low of 1.8, and the season's first frost was observed 27 days later than usual, according to the Meteorological Agency. Bullet trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line were forced to slow down between Gifu Hashima and Shin-Osaka stations due to heavy snow, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said. (Japan Times)

Suicides in Japan top 30,000 for 13th straight year in 2010
AP - Jan 7, 2011

The number of people who committed suicide in Japan totaled 31,560 in topping 30,000 for the 13th straight year, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report on Friday. But the number declined 3.9 percent from the previous year, or a decrease of 1,285 cases, hitting the second-lowest level over the past 10 years, according to the report. Of those who committed suicide last year, 22,178 were men and 9,382 women, continuing the trend for a higher number of cases among men. (AP)

Lawmaker's childbirth sparks debate in Japan
Wall Street Journal - Jan 7, 2011

Seiko Noda, a 50-year-old member of parliament and prominent reproduction-rights advocate, gave birth Wednesday to a baby boy, spurring a national debate over Japan's conservative stance on maternity issues. Despite Japan's embrace of innovative medical technologies, egg donation is virtually banned, and the practice of using a surrogate mother is forbidden by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, an official doctors organization. However, artificial reproduction using sperm donation is allowed. (Wall Street Journal)

Twitter sets record as Japan rang in New Year
Inquirer - Jan 7, 2011

A flood of Japanese Tweets sent as the New Year arrived in Tokyo boosted global traffic within the network to a record 6,939 tweets per second (TPS), the microblogging site has reported. The figure more than doubles the previous record of 3,283 TPS, set during Japan's surprise victory over Denmark in last summer's World Cup in South Africa, it said. "Just four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1st, Twitterers set an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second," Twitter said in a blog posted Thursday. (Inquirer)

High-tech anti-whaling vessel clashes with Japanese fleet
Daily Mail - Jan 7, 2011

Anti-whaling campaigners have clashed with the Japanese fleet using a state-of-the art interceptor vessel as they bid to disrupt the annual hunting campaign. Activists on board the Gojira trimaran catapulted glass bottles at the Yushin Maru-2 and threw ropes aimed at its propeller in the second clash already this year. Two ships belonging to campaign group Sea Shepherd have been pursuing Japanese whaling factory vessel the Nisshin Maru for the last six days after discovering the fleet on December 31. (Daily Mail)

By JS on Jan 12, 2011

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