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Most evacuation orders lifted in Miyazaki near erupting volcano
Kyodo - Feb 5, 2011

The town office of Takaharu, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Saturday lifted most of its evacuation orders issued last week for nearly 1,200 residents near the erupting Shinmoe Peak. "Now we believe there is only a low risk that a very large eruption and pyroclastic flow could occur," Takaharu Mayor Mitsuhiro Hidaka said. (Kyodo)

Fuji TV apologizes to Mexico for derogatory drama
Japan Times - Feb 5, 2011

Fuji TV said Friday it has made an apology to Mexico and the Mexican Embassy in Tokyo over its drama series "Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda," saying it gave a distorted impression of the Latin American country. The drama, starring Yuji Oda as Kuroda, included scenes showing an official of the Mexican Embassy in Tokyo asking the Foreign Ministry to settle a road accident and Kuroda monitoring people going in and out of the embassy in its second and third episodes. (Japan Times)

Boy, 14, passes Japan's English guide test, youngest person on record
AP - Feb 4, 2011

A 14-year-old boy has passed a national exam for bilingual tour guides, becoming the youngest license-holder on record, the Japan National Tourism Organization announced Friday. Shintaro Iwai, a junior high school student in the city of Kumamoto, beat the previous record held by a 15-year-old by passing the English exam on his second attempt. The record is based on age at time of application and Iwai has since turned 15. The licensed guide exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Japan including its geography, history, economy, politics and culture, in addition to linguistic skills. (AP)

Fire temporarily suspends Tokyo-Haneda monorail
Japan Today - Feb 4, 2011

A fire broke out Friday morning at an electric power substation of Tokyo Monorail Co, forcing the company to temporarily suspend all railway services between downtown Tokyo and Haneda airport. No injuries have been reported from the fire, which started around 9 a.m. at the facility about 500 meters north of Tennozu Isle station, according to police and firefighters. The fire was quickly put out and three trains were temporarily stranded between Tennozu Isle and Hamamatsucho stations, they said. (Japan Today)

Prius loses Japan top spot for first time in 20 months
AFP - Feb 4, 2011

Toyota's popular hybrid Prius lost its title as Japan's best-selling vehicle for the first time in 20 months in January, according to an industry group. In January Honda's Fit replaced the Prius as Japan's top seller, a title that the Toyota model had held since May 2009, the Japan Automobile Dealers' Association said in a monthly report. Toyota sold 13,711 Prius cars, down 38.5 percent from a year earlier, compared with 14,873 Fit cars sold by Honda, up 13.9 percent year-on-year, the association said. (AFP)

3 sumo wrestlers, elder admit to match-fixing
guardian.co.uk - Feb 4, 2011

Two sumo wrestlers and one elder have admitted to being involved in fixing matches in high-profile tournaments, Sports minister Yoshiaki Takaki said Thursday, in the latest blow to the traditional Japanese sport that was already reeling from a string of scandals. The unprecedented revelation angered Prime Minister Naoto Kan and prompted the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which oversees the JSA, to reconsider the association's future as a government-affiliated entity. (guardian.co.uk)

By JS on Feb 9, 2011

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