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Kremlin sees Japan island talks 'losing meaning'
AFP - Feb 12, 2011

top Kremlin official on Saturday slammed Japan's recent statements on the disputed Kuril islands, telling the Japanese foreign minister that talks on the island chain were "losing meaning." The Russian president's chief of staff, Sergei Naryshkin harshly upbraided Japan's top diplomat, Seiji Maehara, over Tokyo's outraged reaction to a visit by President Dmitry Medvedev to the islands in November last year. Tokyo's position had "led to a situation where continuing a discussion of the territorial problem is losing meaning," Naryshkin was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency, citing a Kremlin statement. (AFP)
Women in their 30s, 40s getting thinner
Yomiuri - Feb 13, 2011

The number of women in their 30s and 40s whose body mass index is in the underweight category is higher now than it was 20 years ago, according to a survey by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. Young women are often criticized for dieting themselves to excessive thinness, but the survey found a greater increase in underweight women in slightly older age groups. As for why it has become more common for women over 30 to be underweight, it is possible that women who took action to lose weight in their 20s have kept up their efforts, or that health-consciousness regarding weight has increased among women over 30 years old. (Yomiuri)

China rejects Japan's compensation claim
Straits Times - Feb 13, 2011

China said on Saturday that Tokyo had 'no right' to demand compensation over a collision between a Chinese trawler and Japanese coastguard vessels that led to a major diplomatic crisis. The incident occurred in September last year in a disputed area of the East China Sea - offshore islands called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese which are claimed by both countries. The Japanese Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday that the Japanese coastguard had sent a bill of $170,000 the Chinese trawler captain for damage caused by the collision. (Straits Times)

Emperor has arteriosclerosis
Japan Times - Feb 13, 2011

Emperor Akihito has been diagnosed with arteriosclerosis and will be put on medication, the Imperial Household Agency said. The stiffening of the 77-year-old Emperor's cardiac arteries was discovered through a contrast agent administered during a medical checkup Friday at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the agency said. The Emperor stayed at the hospital overnight and returned to the Imperial Palace on Saturday, the agency said, adding he is expected to carry on with his normal duties and activities. (Japan Times)

Fugitive actress extends Manila stay
Japan Times - Feb 12, 2011

A Japanese actress wanted for amphetamine possession in Japan has extended her stay in the Philippines, officials said Friday. The Philippine immigration bureau said Minako Komukai, 25, applied for an extension of her stay in the country Tuesday. She arrived in Manila on Jan. 21 from Tokyo. Her extended visa is valid until March 21 and may be extended every two months for a total of 16 months unless canceled upon an official request from Japan. (Japan Times)

Volcano bursts back into life
Japan Times - Feb 12, 2011

Mount Shinmoe roared back to life Friday after a seven-day hiatus, marking its 10th eruption since late January. Friday's eruption occurred at 11:36 a.m. with the 1,421-meter volcano spewing columns of smoke up to about 2,500 meters. The last eruption was observed Feb. 3. The volcano is on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in the Kirishima range. (Japan Times)

By JS on Feb 16, 2011

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