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Japan police ‘forced to eat 15 burgers’

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

A police sergeant in Japan has resigned after he was reprimanded for forcing his subordinates to binge on 15 hamburgers at a time to “toughen them up”.

The unidentified traffic sergeant, 40, stepped down from his position in the western megacity of Osaka on Dec 25, the mass-circulation newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said.

He repeatedly ordered four younger officers to, in one sitting, stuff themselves with bulk meals such as 15 hamburgers, 15 doughnuts, four large-sized cups of instant fried noodles, or 3-4 litres of coffee-flavoured milk, the report said.

”After finding they were not working hard enough, I did it in order to toughen them up,” the unnamed sergeant was quoted as telling investigators of the Osaka prefectural police headquarters.



Jan 31
Team Japan leaves for Sochi Olympics Japan’s national Olympic team has left for the Russian city of Sochi ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the city. (NHK )
Jan ǿ
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Flu patients in Japan double last week The number of influenza patients in Japan doubled in the week through Sunday from the previous week, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday. (Jiji Press )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out byೠ,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 31
Japan police ‘forced to eat 15 burgers’ A police sergeant in Japan has resigned after he was reprimanded for forcing his subordinates to binge on 15 hamburgers at a time to “toughen them up”. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )

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Flu patients in Japan double last week

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

The number of influenza patients in Japan doubled in the week through Sunday from the previous week, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday.

The average number of patients at some 5,000 medical institutions across the country that are regularly surveyed by the NIID rose to 24.81 from 11.78.

The total number of flu cases in Japan is projected at 1.32 million, according to the institute.



Jan 31
Team Japan leaves for Sochi Olympics Japan’s national Olympic team has left for the Russian city of Sochi ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the city. (NHK )
Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Flu patients in Japan double last week The number of influenza patients in Japan doubled in the week through Sunday from the previous week, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday. (Jiji Press )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,ዀ from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 31
Japan police ‘forced to eat 15 burgers’ A police sergeant in Japan has resigned after he was reprimanded for forcing his subordinates to binge on 15 hamburgers at a time to “toughen them up”. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Janಞ
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 20Ǭ. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )

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Team Japan leaves for Sochi Olympics

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Japan’s national Olympic team has left for the Russian city of Sochi ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the city.

About 60 athletes and officials left Narita Airport near Tokyo on Friday.

The head of the team, Seiko Hashimoto, said the athletes are fully prepared.

She expressed hope that the team can set a new record for Japan’s medal tally. The current high is 10 reached at the 1998 Winter Games in the Japanese city of Nagano.



Jan 31
Team Japan leaves for Sochi Olympics Japan’s national Olympic team has left for the Russian city of Sochi ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the city. (NHK )
Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Flu patients in Japan double last week The number of influenza patients in Japan doubled in the week through Sunday from the previous week, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday. (Jiji Press )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 31
Japan police ‘forced to eat 15 burgers’ A police sergeant in Japan has resigned after he was reprimanded for forcing his subordinates to binge on 15 hamburgers at a time to “toughen them up”. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Janಟ
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Janʼn. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )

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86 students at Yokohama school sickened by suspected norovirus

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Health officials in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Friday that 86 students at Hatsune-gaoka Public Elementary School in Yokohama were absent Thursday due to a suspected mass outbreak of norovirus.

According to the local board of education, the students felt sick and showed symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea on Monday. TBS reported that the norovirus was detected in five out of 86 stool samples taken from the sickened pupils.



Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than ǽ,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 30
Stem cell ‘major discovery’ claimed Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. (BBC )
Jan 30
Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide in mid-air Three pilots escaped unharmed on Wednesday after their jet planes collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. (channelnewsasia.com )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan ǿ
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding aʼn-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her ǫ-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
6 arrested in Ecuador over murder of Japanese honeymooner The Ecuadoran government announced Tuesday the capture of six suspects in the murder of a Japanese tourist, who was shot along with his wife while celebrating their honeymoon in December. (Japan Today )

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23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9.

According to police, Shota Sato, a construction worker, told police his daughter, Ayane, cried incessantly during the night of Jan 9, TBS reported. Sato was quoted by police as saying that out of frustration at not being able to get Ayane to stop crying, he hit her face and covered her mouth.

Police said that Sato also inflicted severe head injuries upon the child. Sato’s 26-year-old wife, who is a shift worker, noticed Ayane was unconscious when she came home the next day and rushed her to the hospital. However, the child succumbed to head injuries on Jan 28, police said.



Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 30
Stem cell ‘major discovery’ claimed Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. (BBC )
Jan 30
Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide in mid-air Three pilots escaped unharmed on Wednesday after their jet planes collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. (channelnewsasia.com )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
6 arrested in Ecuador over murder of Japanese honeymooner The Ecuadoran government announced Tuesday the capture of six suspects in the murder of a Japanese tourist, who was shot along with his wife while celebrating their honeymoon in December. (Japan Today )

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Nikkei falls to fresh 2 1/2-month low as yen rise hits mood

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

The Nikkei share average fell to a fresh 2 1/2-month low on Friday, erasing earlier gains after a rise in the yen soured sentiment.

Traders cited hedge fund selling in futures while long-term investors stayed on the sidelines before the release of U.S. jobs data next week.

The Nikkei ended 0.6 percent lower at 14,914.53, the lowest closing level since Nov. 14. The index shed 7.8 percent for the week and 8.5 percent for the month.


Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 30
Stem cell ‘major discovery’ claimed Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. (BBC )
Jan 30
Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide in mid-air Three pilots escaped unharmed on Wednesday after their jet planes collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. (channelnewsasia.com )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
6 arrested in Ecuador over murder of Japanese honeymooner The Ecuadoran government announced Tuesday the capture of six suspects in the murder of a Japanese tourist, who was shot along with his wife while celebrating their honeymoon in December. (Japan Today )

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Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France.

Japanese Ambassador to France Yoichi Suzuki expressed regret over the event, titled Festival de la Bande Dessinee d�Angouleme, and the Japanese government planned to hand out brochures to visitors explaining its stance on the issue.



Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 30
Stem cell ‘major discovery’ claimed Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. (BBC )
Jan 30
Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide in mid-air Three pilots escaped unharmed on Wednesday after their jet planes collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. (channelnewsasia.com )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals 450 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
6 arrested in Ecuador over murder of Japanese honeymooner The Ecuadoran government announced Tuesday the capture of six suspects in the murder of a Japanese tourist, who was shot along with his wife while celebrating their honeymoon in December. (Japan Today )

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Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC.

Japan reported a 1.3 percent on-year rise in its nationwide core consumer price index (CPI) for December on Friday, above expectations for a 1.2 percent rise and marking a fresh five-year high. Core-core CPI excluding food and energy prices rose 0.7 percent on year in December, matching its August 1998 high.

The healthy number should give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a boost, proving his ambitious economic reform plan involving aggressive monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reform seems to be paying off. Policy makers hope to drag Japan’s economy out of decades of deflation, and have pledged to increase inflation to 2 percent in two years.

More bearish Japan commentators, however, are quick to flag the headwinds facing the world’s number three economy this year, namely an upcoming hike in the sales tax scheduled for April, and doubts over Abe’s commitment to structural reform, which many fear will derail progress made on economic growth and inflation so far.


Jan 31
Japan’s inflation uptick puts 2% target in sight Better-than-expected inflation data out of Japan has put the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target well within sight, some analysts told CNBC. (cnbc.com )
Jan 31
Japanese cyclist to pay 47m yen over fatal crash A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed. (BBC )
Jan 31
Gov’t report shows growing population concentration in Tokyo region The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Jan 30
Stem cell ‘major discovery’ claimed Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. (BBC )
Jan 30
Japan aerobatic pilots unharmed after jets collide in mid-air Three pilots escaped unharmed on Wednesday after their jet planes collided in mid-air off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. (channelnewsasia.com )
Jan 31
Japan’s wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. (Japan Times )
Jan 31
23-year-old man arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man for fatally beating his one-month-old daughter at their home on Jan 9. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
9-year-old girl missing for 4 days in Sapporo Police in Sapporo are appealing for help in finding a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan 27. (Japan Today )
Jan 30
‘Naked man’ on JR train receives suspended sentence A man arrested for public indecency after he stripped naked and took photos of himself on a JR train in Kanazawa last September was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. – See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/naked-man-on-jr-train-receives-suspended-sentence#sthash.vR3OZ2Eo.dpuf (Japan Today )
Jan 30
Man steals绂 pairs of high heels A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing high-heeled shoes from bar hostesses at an exclusive nightclub in the Japanese capital, local media reported Wednesday. (Bangkok Post )
Jan 30
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan see some of the Lima area’s unique sites Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan arrived on Monday in Perú for an official visit. Today, they were given the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting sites around the Lima area. (peruthisweek.com )
Jan 29
Woman gets 8 years for fatally beating 11-yr-old daughter with golf club A 30-year-old unemployed woman was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Hiroshima District Court Tuesday for fatally beating her 11-year-old daughter with a golf club at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2012. (Japan Today )
Jan 29
Filipino hostesses arrested for drugging, robbing customers in Kabukicho Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of two Filipino hostesses working in Shinjuku for drugging male customers and then stealing money from their bank accounts. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the seizure of pistols, a rifle and ammunition that likely comprise part of an arsenal for an organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Jan 29
6 arrested in Ecuador over murder of Japanese honeymooner The Ecuadoran government announced Tuesday the capture of six suspects in the murder of a Japanese tourist, who was shot along with his wife while celebrating their honeymoon in December. (Japan Today )

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Fog shuts down Taiwan int’l airport for hours

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Publication Date : 31-01-2ዎ

 

Highway traffic was mostly smooth except for some congestion at certain stretches as motorists headed home for family reunions on Chinese New Year Eve yesterday, but many flights at Taoyuan’s international airport were delayed due to heavy fog, with some protesting passengers refusing to leave their planes.

As of noon, no major incidents were reported on the highways, and vehicles were able to go mostly at normal speeds despite high traffic volumes.

On Sun Yat-sen Freeway, traffic jams were seen only at the southbound stretch from Changhua to Yenliao because of a car accident, with vehicles moving at only 30-50 kph, the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau said.

The bureau said it expected the highway traffic would be eased in the afternoon without any of the stretches seeing congestion.

No official figures of yesterday’s highway traffic volumes were available as of press time, but the bureau said they expected the volume to hit two million vehicles.

The bureau said a total of 2.21 million vehicles travelled on the highways on Wednesday as people started heading home for the holiday period. The volume was about 30-per-cent more than the usual figure.

Meanwhile, heavy fog forced Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to close for several hours starting at 1am, and 12 arriving flights had to be diverted to other airports — eight to Kaohsiung, two to Hong Kong, one to Japan and one to Macau, according to the Central News Agency.

Many departing flights were delayed until after 6am, when the airport was reopened, CNA reported, adding about 3,000 passengers were affected by the delays.

Passengers scheduled to fly to Singapore on a 4am Scoot flight were infuriated and staged a protest when they were told their plane could not take off untilŅpm, because of a crew issue.

The passengers had waited for five hours before they were allowed to board their plane at 9am, only to be told one hour later that the crew had already passed their shift hours, and could no longer work.

Another team had to be flown from Singapore to take over the flight, which could not depart until 5pm, CNA cited the Singapore-based value airline as saying.

Many of the 250 passengers refused to get off the plane, saying their holiday plans were ruined because of the long delay. Airport security and airline officials succeeded in persuading most of the passengers to leave the plane, but about 30 remained.

 

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Clashes continue in southern Philippines

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Publication Date : 31-01-2014

 

At least 40 fighters from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters dead; 10,000 flee

 

Military operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao province have been extended until Saturday amid reports that they were being helped in their escape to the marshy areas by relatives in the bigger Moro rebel groups.

As of Thursday, 40 BIFF members and one soldier had been killed since fighting and heavy artillery barrage began four days ago, Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman for the Army�™sņth Infantry Division, said. Some 10,000 people have fled their homes for fear of getting caught in the crossfire.

Twelve rebels and 13 soldiers have been wounded, Hermoso said. But Abu Misry Mama, BIFF spokesman, said only seven rebels had been wounded. Mama explained that the government forces were having a hard time running after the rebels who, he said, were into guerrilla warfare.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said the military launched the assault to protect villages after BIFF fighters staged attacks in southern Maguindanao. Troops were aiming “to seriously degrade their abilities to again act as spoilers”, he told reporters.

The BIFF has opposed peace talks between the government and the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which were concluded over the weekend in Malaysia.

The BIFF broke away from the MILF in 2008 and has vowed to continue the uprising because the Malaysian-brokered talks would not lead to a separate Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao.

2 rebel camps fall
On Tuesday, Hermoso said the security forces overran BIFF strongholds at Barangay (village) Bakat in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town and at Barangay Ganta in Datu Piang town, both in Maguindanao.

The camp in Bakat yielded a makeshift factory of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), including live mortar rounds, Hermoso said.
“These are the IEDs that they used for all the bombings they did in Central Mindanao,â€� he told the Inquirer on the phone.

“They can take our camps but if they don’t capture us, they cannot stop our jihad,” Mama told Agence France-Presse on the phone, referring to their term for holy war.

“We attack and then we disappear. Also … our families in our communities support us,” he added.

The offensive, which was supposed to end on Wednesday, will be extended up to Saturday following the approval of the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group, the ceasefire mechanism between the government and the MILF.

“We want to isolate the lawless group within these 72 hours,” Hermoso said.

Troops were pursuing the retreating rebels, who have split into smaller groups, in the marshy areas of Datu Piang and Shariff Saydona, he said.

“The hardliners of the BIFF are just small, but their relatives in the MILF and MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) are helping them. While these are not sanctioned by the entire organisations, we have asked the MILF and the MNLF to sanitise their ranks,â€� Hermoso said.

Evacuees
Some 10,000 residents have fled their homes in Rajah Buayan, Sultan sa Barongis, Datu Piang and Shariff Saydona Mustapha towns, all in Maguindanao, said Laisa Masuhud-Alamia, executive secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

In a statement, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the “ongoing military operations are geared at degrading the BIFF’s capability to continue to cause harm to the government forces, civilians and the peace process.”

“The government and the MILF have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the operations will not spill over to involve MILF combatants or cause unnecessary or prolonged hardship to civilians. The MILF is assisting in the operations by helping the government contain the movements of the BIFF,” Ferrer said.

MILF help
The chair of the House committee on defence on Thursday urged the MILF to help the government in going after the BIFF and other troublemakers in Mindanao.

“If the MILF will do this, it will seem like to us, indeed it is serious in restoring peace in Mindanao,” said Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Aquino said the new peace deal would bring the government and the 11,000-strong MILF together to pursue outlaws who have long thrived in the conflict.

In Manila, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague on Thursday called on Filipinos and all groups in Mindanao to rally behind the imminent peace deal, saying this was the “quickest” way to end the renewed fighting in the region.

Speaking to reporters after holding a brief joint press
conference with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Hague noted that the United Kingdom had undergone a “long and difficult but ultimately successful peace process” in Northern Ireland and hoped that the “tremendous change for the positive” that came to the latter would also eventually happen to Filipinos.

“I think the best thing now is for everyone to rally behind the agreement that has been made and for all groups in that region to support the agreement negotiated, and that is the quickest way to bring to an end any fighting that remains,” he said.—With reports from Jeoffrey Maitem, Karlos Manlupig, Aquiles Z. Zonio, Charlie S. Señase, Inquirer Mindanao; Christine O. Avendaño and Cynthia D. Balana in Manila; and agencies

 

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