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Nintendo's pioneering 3-D hand-held debuts
Japan Times - Feb 27, 2011

Nintendo's latest game machine, offering glasses-free 3-D images, went on sale Saturday ahead of a global rollout, and analysts say it promises to be the world's first 3-D mass-market product. "I'm so excited," said 9-year-old Natsumi Miyasaka, clutching her brand new blue 3DS portable that her father bought for her. Lines formed outside Tokyo electronics stores, although they were not as long as some previous gadget launches, as Nintendo offered purchase reservations in advance. (Japan Times)

Rescue teams still looking for N.Z. survivors
Japan Times - Feb 27, 2011

Disaster-relief teams from Japan and other countries continued working Saturday to find signs of survivors at the collapsed CTV building housing the King's Education language school where Japanese and other students are still feared to be trapped. Yukio Yoshii, who heads Japan's disaster-relief team, told reporters that the rescue teams are doing their utmost to find survivors. "Although we are exhausted, our operations are proceeding smoothly," he said. In the morning, local police met with family members of people who are unaccounted for and briefed them on the rescue work. (Japan Times)

Student crashes bus in suicide bid
Japan Times - Feb 27, 2011

A university student who said he was bent on suicide was arrested Saturday for overturning a highway bus and injuring 12 people onboard after seizing control of the steering wheel from the driver. Yuki Kajita, a 22-year-old junior at Kagoshima University, allegedly grabbed the wheel of the bus, which was traveling from Osaka to Kagoshima, on the Sanyo Expressway in Hiroshima Prefecture late Friday, police said. A substitute driver who was in the bus tried to stop Kajita, but he again took the wheel and steered it to the left. The bus overturned after hitting a barrier on the other side of the emergency lane. (Japan Times)

Actress Komukai arrested upon arrival in Japan
Japan Today - Feb 26, 2011

Police on Friday arrested actress Minako Komukai, wanted for alleged possession of methamphetamines, upon returning to Japan from Manila. Komukai, 25, also a former stripper, is facing charges for allegedly buying methamphetamines from an Iranian dealer in Tokyo. She emerged as a suspected buyer after police cracked down on a group of Japanese and Iranian drug dealers last October and looked into the communications records of seized cellphones, they said. (Japan Today)

186 fewer apply for refugee status
Japan Times - Feb 26, 2011

The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2010 totaled 1,202, down 186 from a year earlier, while only 39 people were certified as refugees, up by nine, the Justice Ministry said Friday. Applicants from Myanmar, the largest group, decreased by 226, apparently because the situation in the country has been stabilizing since 2007, a year that saw violent repression of antigovernment demonstrations, according to the ministry's Immigration Bureau. (Japan Times)

Japan population shows slowest increase to 128,056,026
AP - Feb 25, 2011

Japan's population stood at 128,056,026 as of Oct. 1, 2010, up 0.2 percent, or 288,000, from five years earlier, marking the slowest growth since the once-in-five-years census began in 1920, the latest survey showed Friday. The internal affairs ministry said an increase in non-Japanese residents and an improvement in the birthrate contributed to the 2005- 2010 growth but that there is no change in the overall trend of population decline in the graying country. (AP)

By JS on Mar 2, 2011

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