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Fall and Food Favorites: Week in Review

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Sure, summer’s great for fresh produce and alfresco meals, but since September starts tomorrow, you’re may be hungry for something different. Feast on this week’s selection of tasty travel bites, where we went to Croatia and Philly, to dig up the best foodie finds. The newest Food Network Star, Damaris Phillips, stopped by to share the best of Louisville. And we took a look at 5 farmers market-centric hotels. And for anyone who’s good and ready for a pumpkin spice latte,we picked the 14 best places to go this fall. The leaves might not have changed yet, but it’s never too soon to plan an autumnal adventure.

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Where to Eat in Philadelphia Now

Philly’s dining scene is exploding with fresh local and imported talent as well as old favorites reopening in new spaces. Here are the 7 places you should book a table at right now.

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5 Ultra-Cool Glamping Sites in the UK

The UK’s muddy music festivals spawned the super-chic yurts, eco-pods, and geodesic domes that replaced boring tents in favor of “glamping.” These five are the coolest of the cool.

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5 Hotels for Farmers Market Lovers

Prefer organic rhubarb and strawberries to room service? The farmers market fervor is so strong that these five hotels have created special packages around their nearby markets.

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Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Croatia

Croatia is filled to the brim with spectacular food and drink—olive oil and grapevines, lobster and oysters abound. That means that the best way to discover the country is through your stomach.

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Wine Lover’s Guide to the Finger Lakes, NY

The East Coast’s preeminent wine region stretches in the rolling hills between the three main Finger Lakes, offering scenic drives and ample tastings that rival the best in the West.

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Food Network Star Damaris Phillips’ Guide to Louisville

Chef Damaris Phillips’ sunny Southern charm and cooking made her a Food Network Star, so this Louisville local was our go-to source for the low-down on food and fun in Kentucky’s metropolis.

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14 Best Places to Go This Fall

From cutting-edge contemporary art in Miami to epic new Kenyan resorts, this season’s hottest destinations exceed expectations. We’ve narrowed it down to the 14 you should pay attention to now.

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Fukushima inn gutted; one missing

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima.

The fire Thursday night left one employee missing and destroyed the Hakuunso “ryokan,” a traditional inn, and a nearby warehouse.

The police said the whereabouts of a female employee in her 50s remained unknown.

According to the fire department, five guests and four employees were staying in the inn when the fire broke out.



Aug 31
Heavy rain to continue in western Japan Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest. (Yomiuri )
Aug 31
Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday. (Japan Today )
Aug 31
Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket. (NHK )
Aug 30
Body found in Mie believed to be that of missing schoolgirl Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, have found a body they believe to be that of a missing 15-year-old junior high school girl. (Japan Today )
Aug 30
Japan launches new emergency disaster warning system The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks. (Jiji Press )
Aug 31
Fukushima inn gutted; one missing Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. (Japan Times )
Aug 30
Raptor prank in Japan goes viral A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building was caught on video and posted to the internet.
Now, more than a million viewers have watched the video, in which a hungry dinosaur chases terrified workers down hallways. (UPI )
Aug 30
UN mission hears from abductees’ families A UN commission investigating human rights violations by North Korea has heard from families of Japanese nationals abducted by the country decades ago. (NHK )
Aug 29
Japan’s population drops for 4th straight year Japan’s population under its resident registry network system fell 266,004, or 0.21 pct, from a year before to 126,393,679, excluding foreign residents, as of the end of March񎧝, down for the fourth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Augಝ
Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw Police said Thursday that a 21-year-old female station attendant in Yokohama performed a judo shoulder throw on an unruly passenger. (Japan Today )
Aug 29
Osaka inspector arrested for involvement in tax evasion The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested an inspector from the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau and a former official of the bureau for alleged involvement in tax evasion. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
2 youths arrested for dumping body in Fukuoka Police said Wednesday they have arrested two 18-year-old youths for dumping the body of their 20-year-old acquaintance last month in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Man fatally stabs sister, injures mother day after prison release Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man over the murder of his sister and the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Nara a day after being released from prison. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car Two youths in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been arrested for taking photos of themselves sitting on the roof of a patrol car outside a police koban. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Chinese arrested for forging Japan resident cards Tokyo police have arrested 3 Chinese nationals on suspicion of forging residence cards. (NHK )

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Unemployment rate drops to 3.8%

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the second straight month to 3.8 percent in July, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Friday.

The figure beat a median forecast of 3.9 percent by 24 economic institutes surveyed by Jiji Press.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said the ratio of effective job openings to job seekers stood at 0ቖ in July after seasonal adjustment, up 0.2 point from the previous month. The gauge improved for the fifth consecutive month.


Aug 31
Heavy rain to continue in western Japan Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest. (Yomiuri )
Aug 31
Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday. (Japan Today )
Aug 31
Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket. (NHK )
Aug 30
Body found in Mie believed to be that of missing schoolgirl Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, have found a body they believe to be that of a missing 15-year-old junior high school girl. (Japan Today )
Aug 30
Japan launches new emergency disaster warning system The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks. (Jiji Press )
Aug 31
Fukushima inn gutted; one missing Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. (Japan Times )
Aug 30
Raptor prank in Japan goes viral A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building was caught on video and posted to the internet.
Now, more than a million viewers have watched the video, in which a hungry dinosaur chases terrified workers down hallways. (UPI )
Aug 30
UN mission hears from abductees’ families A UN commission investigating human rights violations by North Korea has heard from families of Japanese nationals abducted by the country decades ago. (NHK )
Aug 29
Japan’s population drops for 4th straight year Japan’s population under its resident registry network system fell 266,004, or 0.21 pct, from a year before to 126,393,679, excluding foreign residents, as of the end of March 2013, down for the fourth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw Police said Thursday that a 21-year-old female station attendant in Yokohama performed a judo shoulder throw on an unruly passenger. (Japan Today )
Aug 29
Osaka inspector arrested for involvement in tax evasion The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested an inspector from the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau and a former official of the bureau for alleged involvement in tax evasion. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
2 youths arrested for dumping body in Fukuoka Police said Wednesday they have arrested two 18-year-old youths for dumping the body of their 20-year-old acquaintance last month in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Man fatally stabs sister, injures mother day after prison release Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man over the murder of his sister and the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Nara a day after being released from prison. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car Two youths in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been arrested for taking photos of themselves sitting on the roof of a patrol car outside a police koban. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Chinese arrested for forging Japan resident cards Tokyo police have arrested 3 Chinese nationals on suspicion of forging residence cards. (NHK )

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Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency called off Epsilon’s first launch on Tuesday 19 seconds before liftoff after a sensor detected an irregularity in the rocket’s posture.

Hakubun Shimomura said on Friday that a ground-based computer had tried to receive data from the rocket 0.07 seconds before the information was actually transmitted.



Aug ǿ
Heavy rain to continue in western Japan Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest. (Yomiuri )
Aug 31
Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday. (Japan Today )
Aug 31
Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket. (NHK )
Augಞ
Body found in Mie believed to be that of missing schoolgirl Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, have found a body they believe to be that of a missing 15-year-old junior high school girl. (Japan Today )
Aug Ǿ
Japan launches new emergency disaster warning system The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks. (Jiji Press )
Aug 31
Fukushima inn gutted; one missing Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. (Japan Times )
Aug 30
Raptor prank in Japan goes viral A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building was caught on video and posted to the internet.
Now, more than a million viewers have watched the video, in which a hungry dinosaur chases terrified workers down hallways. (UPI )
Aug 30
UN mission hears from abductees’ families A UN commission investigating human rights violations by North Korea has heard from families of Japanese nationals abducted by the country decades ago. (NHK )
Aug 29
Japan’s population drops for 4th straight year Japan’s population under its resident registry network system fell 266,004, or 0.21 pct, from a year before to 126,393,679, excluding foreign residents, as of the end of March 2013, down for the fourth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw Police said Thursday that a 21-year-old female station attendant in Yokohama performed a judo shoulder throw on an unruly passenger. (Japan Today )
Aug 29
Osaka inspector arrested for involvement in tax evasion The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested an inspector from the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau and a former official of the bureau for alleged involvement in tax evasion. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
2 youths arrested for dumping body in Fukuoka Police said Wednesday they have arrested two 18-year-old youths for dumping the body of their 20-year-old acquaintance last month in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Man fatally stabs sister, injures mother day after prison release Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man over the murder of his sister and the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Nara a day after being released from prison. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car Two youths in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been arrested for taking photos of themselves sitting on the roof of a patrol car outside a police koban. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Chinese arrested for forging Japan resident cards Tokyo police have arrested 3 Chinese nationals on suspicion of forging residence cards. (NHK )

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TPP negotiators end Brunei talks

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Chief negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries effectively ended their Brunei round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks on Friday, hailing progress on many issues.

The weeklong round in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, was “successful in identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to many issues and further narrowing the remaining work,” the negotiators said in a joint statement.

They will next meet in Washington Sept.ಒ-21, according to Japanese chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka.


Aug 31
Heavy rain to continue in western Japan Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest. (Yomiuri )
Aug 31
Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday. (Japan Today )
Aug 31
Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket. (NHK )
Aug 30
Body found in Mie believed to be that of missing schoolgirl Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, have found a body they believe to be that of a missing 15-year-old junior high school girl. (Japan Today )
Aug 30
Japan launches new emergency disaster warning system The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks. (Jiji Press )
Aug 31
Fukushima inn gutted; one missing Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. (Japan Times )
Aug 30
Raptor prank in Japan goes viral A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building was caught on video and posted to the internet.
Now, more than a million viewers have watched the video, in which a hungry dinosaur chases terrified workers down hallways. (UPI )
Aug 30
UN mission hears from abductees’ families A UN commission investigating human rights violations by North Korea has heard from families of Japanese nationals abducted by the country decades ago. (NHK )
Aug 29
Japan’s population drops for 4th straight year Japan’s population under its resident registry network system fell 266,004, or 0.21 pct, from a year before to 126,3Ƚ,679, excluding foreign residents, as of the end of March 2013, down for the fourth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw Police said Thursday that a 21-year-old female station attendant in Yokohama performed a judo shoulder throw on an unruly passenger. (Japan Today )
Aug 29
Osaka inspector arrested for involvement in tax evasion The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested an inspector from the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau and a former official of the bureau for alleged involvement in tax evasion. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
2 youths arrested for dumping body in Fukuoka Police said Wednesday they have arrested two 18-year-old youths for dumping the body of their 20-year-old acquaintance last month in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Man fatally stabs sister, injures mother day after prison release Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man over the murder of his sister and the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Nara a day after being released from prison. (Japan Today )
Aug Ǽ
2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car Two youths in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been arrested for taking photos of themselves sitting on the roof of a patrol car outside a police koban. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Chinese arrested for forging Japan resident cards Tokyo police have arrested 3 Chinese nationals on suspicion of forging residence cards. (NHK )

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Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday.

According to police, the woman was visiting a mentally impaired 59-year-old man on Aug 27, when his 61-year-old brother, with whom he lived, told her that there was a body in his built-in closet, TV Asahi reported. The man proceeded to show the skeletal remains to the caseworker. According to police, when the caseworker visited the property again on Thursday, the man said, “My mom told me these are the remains of someone my father killed before his own death 15 years ago.”

The woman then reported the incident to police who searched the property and discovered the remains wrapped in four garbage bags and placed in a suitcase.



Aug 31
Heavy rain to continue in western Japan Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest. (Yomiuri )
Aug 31
Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday. (Japan Today )
Aug 31
Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket. (NHK )
Aug 30
Body found in Mie believed to be that of missing schoolgirl Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, have found a body they believe to be that of a missing 15-year-old junior high school girl. (Japan Today )
Aug 30
Japan launches new emergency disaster warning system The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks. (Jiji Press )
Aug 31
Fukushima inn gutted; one missing Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. (Japan Times )
Aug 30
Raptor prank in Japan goes viral A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building was caught on video and posted to the internet.
Now, more than a million viewers have watched the video, in which a hungry dinosaur chases terrified workers down hallways. (UPI )
Aug 30
UN mission hears from abductees’ families A UN commission investigating human rights violations by North Korea has heard from families of Japanese nationals abducted by the country decades ago. (NHK )
Aug 29
Japan’s population drops for 4th straight year Japan’s population under its resident registry network system fell 266,004, or 0.21 pct, from a year before to 126,393,679, excluding foreign residents, as of the end of March 2013, down for the fourth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw Police said Thursday that a 21-year-old female station attendant in Yokohama performed a judo shoulder throw on an unruly passenger. (Japan Today )
Aug 29
Osaka inspector arrested for involvement in tax evasion The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested an inspector from the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau and a former official of the bureau for alleged involvement in tax evasion. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
2 youths arrested for dumping body in Fukuoka Police said Wednesday they have arrested two 18-year-old youths for dumping the body of their 20-year-old acquaintance last month in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Man fatally stabs sister, injures mother day after prison release Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man over the murder of his sister and the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Nara a day after being released from prison. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car Two youths in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been arrested for taking photos of themselves sitting on the roof of a patrol car outside a police koban. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Chinese arrested for forging Japan resident cards Tokyo police have arrested 3 Chinese nationals on suspicion of forging residence cards. (NHK )

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Heavy rain to continue in western Japan

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest.

Friday’s heavy rain was caused by a front extending from a low-pressure system in Hokkaido and the movement of the typhoon north of Okinawa Prefecture.

The typhoon is expected to approach Kyushu on Saturday. It is likely to turn into an extratropical cyclone off the Hokuriku region by noon Sunday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling for vigilance against localized heavy rain, landslides, rising rivers, tornadoes and strong winds over the weekend.


Aug 31
Heavy rain to continue in western Japan Heavy rain lashed the Hokuriku region and Kyushu Friday and is expected to continue mainly in western Japan over the weekend as Typhoon No. 15 is approaching from the southwest. (Yomiuri )
Aug 31
Man shows visiting caseworker skeletal remains in closet A caseworker visiting a man’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday. (Japan Today )
Aug 31
Glitch identified in aborted Epsilon launch Japan’s science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket. (NHK )
Aug 30
Body found in Mie believed to be that of missing schoolgirl Police in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, have found a body they believe to be that of a missing ǯ-year-old junior high school girl. (Japan Today )
Aug 30
Japan launches new emergency disaster warning system The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks. (Jiji Press )
Aug ǿ
Fukushima inn gutted; one missing Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. (Japan Times )
Aug 30
Raptor prank in Japan goes viral A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building was caught on video and posted to the internet.
Now, more than a million viewers have watched the video, in which a hungry dinosaur chases terrified workers down hallways. (UPI )
Aug 30
UN mission hears from abductees’ families A UN commission investigating human rights violations by North Korea has heard from families of Japanese nationals abducted by the country decades ago. (NHK )
Augಝ
Japan’s population drops for 4th straight year Japan’s population under its resident registry network system fell 266,004, or 0.21 pct, from a year before to 126,393,679, excluding foreign residents, as of the end of March 2013, down for the fourth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw Police said Thursday that a 21-year-old female station attendant in Yokohama performed a judo shoulder throw on an unruly passenger. (Japan Today )
Aug 29
Osaka inspector arrested for involvement in tax evasion The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested an inspector from the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau and a former official of the bureau for alleged involvement in tax evasion. (Jiji Press )
Aug 29
2 youths arrested for dumping body in Fukuoka Police said Wednesday they have arrested twoಒ-year-old youths for dumping the body of their 20-year-old acquaintance last month in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Man fatally stabs sister, injures mother day after prison release Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man over the murder of his sister and the attempted murder of his mother at their home in Nara a day after being released from prison. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car Two youths in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been arrested for taking photos of themselves sitting on the roof of a patrol car outside a police koban. (Japan Today )
Aug 28
Chinese arrested for forging Japan resident cards Tokyo police have arrested 3 Chinese nationals on suspicion of forging residence cards. (NHK )

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Pork barrel scam: Those making threats are the ones scared, says ombudsman

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 31-08-2013

 

Despite a death threat, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she was not scared. In fact, she added, those making the threats appear to be scared so they’re trying to “counterscare” her into backing down in her office’s investigation of the Philippine pork barrel scam.

“Excuse me, I’m not scared. Maybe they are scared which is why they’re trying to scare me,” the feisty ombudsman said of the threat she received over the phone.

Morales said her secretary received the call at about 1pm. on Friday while she was attending a forum at the Asian Development Bank.

The threat, she was told, was in connection with her office’s inquiry into the alleged diversion into ghost projects and kickbacks of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also called pork barrel, intended to ease rural poverty.

�˜Do what is right’

“The caller said I should take care, that I should do what is right,” Morales recounted. “Well, excuse me, I’d like to believe what I’ve been doing is in accordance with what is right, in accordance with the facts vis-a-vis the law applicable to the facts,” she told reporters at the House of Representatives on the sidelines of a budget hearing by the committee on appropriations.

She said the phone number used to make the threat was now being checked by Malacanang intelligence after her security detail alerted the office of the president about it.

It was the first time she received a threat related to the pork barrel scam, the ombudsman said, “but as far as threatening calls are concerned, there have been others,” she added.

Special audit

“I have told you once and for all that when it’s your time, it’s your time. I’m not scared. They are the ones who are scared. That’s why they’re trying to counter-scare me,” Morales said.

The ombudsman earlier announced that the eight-member Interagency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) would look into the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds that was uncovered in a special audit of the period from 2007 to 썙.

The review conducted by the Commission on Audit (COA) was released last week and showed that 82 nongovernment organisations received 6.165 billion pesos (US$138.2 million) from the PDAF allocations of 12 senators and 180 representatives.

The interagency probe is separate from the fact-finding inquiry being conducted by the ombudsman, the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the alleged 10-billion pesos ($22.4 million) pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Napoles, who went into hiding shortly after the NBI issued a warrant for her arrest on charges of illegal detention, surrendered to President Aquino early this week.

‘Confirm, affirm’

Morales said the interagency group will meet next week to �€œconfirm, affirm and validate” whatever had been agreed on by the group.

As to whether Napoles would be called for questioning, she said “it would depend (on whether) we would put her as one of the respondents, because the only charge so far is illegal detention.”

She added:  “Until we get a report and recommendation [from the NBI], everything is on hold.  In the meantime we are conducting our own internal independent investigation.”

The ombudsman said her office has subpoenaed the whistle-blowers to “secure their affidavits.”

She clarified that the ombudsman’s internal fact-finding probe “does not involveâ�� individual senators and congressmen.

“We��re only conducting a fact-finding investigation. Until we are firm in our findings that congressmen or senators are involved, they will not be subjected to the investigation,” she said.
 
Not selective

The ombudsman said the probe would not be selective nor would it target only the opponents of the Aquino administration.

“The fact of being an ally or not being an ally—and I don’t know who are the allies and who are not—will not be factored in the investigation of the case. Sorry, it turns out allies are involved and indicted. Sorry, but that���s my mandate,” she said.

Morales said the probe would follow the usual procedures, from the fact-finding probe to the case buildup. “If we think there ought to be a preliminary investigation, we will issue subpoenas to the respondents and ask them to file counter-affidavits.”

The ombudsman said her office would move for a quick resolution.

“Of course, who doesn’t like speedy investigations? … We want these cases sped up,” she said.

“The outcry of the public for justice is speedy justice. I cannot be part of this procedure (if it) tries to slacken the disposition of cases,” she added.

 

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S. Korean govt approves controversial history textbook for highschools

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 31ᆜ-2013

 

A new South Korean history textbook authored by conservative scholars was approved for use in high schools Friday amid criticism over its allegedly slanted views on the country’s modern history.

The National Institute of Korean History, the screening panel commissioned by the Ministry of Education, authorised eight Korean history textbooks, including a controversial book from Kyohak Publishing Co., to be used by high schools from next year.

The decision was expected to prompt strong backlash from progressive historians who had been campaigning to block the final authorisation of Kyohak’s book since May.

Criticism was focused on the books�� alleged understatement of pro-democracy movements. For instance, the Gwangju Democratic Movement on 18 May 1980, is termed as a “riot,” while the Student Revolution on 19 April 1960, is described as a “student movement.”

Critics also claim that it tries to glorify Japan’s colonial rule (1910-1945) as a contribution to Koreaâ€�s modernisation.

The book’s authors, however, have dismissed the claims as “groundless rumors,� saying that the exact content of the book has not yet been made public.

“We try not to evaluate or make any value of past historical events, but to write factual things,” coauthor Lee Myung-hee, professor of history at Kongju National University, told The Korea Herald.

But he admitted that the new textbook does detail some of the “achievements��� from the colonial period, such as a “modern public school system and industrial infrastructure,” which he said were neglected in previous textbooks.

The protesters have also pointed to the composition of the six-member writing panel for the book joined by Lee and Kwon Hee-young, current and former presidents of the Association for Contemporary Korean History, respectively.

The association, described as an organisation of “New Right” historians, was set up in 2011, pledging to â��fix biased research and education led by progressive historians.” Among their suggestions was changing “democracy” to “liberal democracy” in current history textbooks.

The process of approving textbooks has sparked controversy repeatedly since 2003, after the government allowed private publishers to publish history textbooks. Before that, schools could only use state-authorised history textbooks.

The screening committee is expected to reveal the details of new history textbooks on Monday, and each high school may select from the eight listed books.

 

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