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Fundoshi make comeback among women, young men

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Fundoshi, or loincloths, are making a comeback. The traditional Japanese underwear rapidly disappeared after World War II with the spread of Western-style clothing. But thanks to such merits as superior airflow and a reputation for energizing its wearer when the strings are tightened, fundoshi are getting a second look.

As their designs have also gotten more fashionable, an increasing number of Japanese women have begun to wear them regularly, according to sources.

A statue of an angel wearing red fundoshi stands in front of Teraya, Japan’s first fundoshi boutique, which opened in November last year in a former enclave for foreign residents in Nagasaki, an area that boasts an exotic atmosphere. Visitors entering the shop are greeted by colorful, eye-catching fundoshi for women. But fundoshi in the shop, which come in such colors as pink and blue, and are decorated with frills or lace, are no ordinary fundoshi.


Jun 01
Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020 JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its 30th-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today )
May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
Jun ǡ
35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward. (Japan Today )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )

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National Stadium fixtures go on sale as memorabilia

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Fixtures from the National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, which will soon be demolished to make way for the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, went on sale Saturday.

The Japan Sport Council, which owns the stadium, has decided to sell fixtures-including seats for honored guests and manhole covers in addition to regular seats and pieces of turf-as part of the proceeds will go to construction costs for the new stadium.

The Japan Sport Council also has announced the donation of such items as 15,000 seats and soccer benches to 12 local governments.

The stadium fixtures on sale include five types of seats, ranging from Royal Seats for honored guests at ¥250,000 per pair to nonreserved seats with no back rest for ¥5,800 to ¥6,800 each, manhole covers with the words “National Stadium” engraved on them for ¥20,200 each and signs indicating seating locations for ¥10,000, among others.

The council also produced candle holders for ¥19,800 in the shape of the Olympic Cauldron that use granite from its plinth.



Jun 01
Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020 JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-itsಞth-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today )
May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
Jun 01
35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward. (Japan Today )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )

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Onodera on Japan minesweeping for sea lanes

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says Japan should be able to join international minesweeping operations in sea lanes in the event of an armed attack.

Onodera answered questions after he gave a speech at a security conference in Singapore on Saturday.

He said Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are limited to what they can do because constitutional restrictions. Citing an example, he said Japan cannot join other countries in clearing mines in sea lanes. He said it is important that Japan cooperate with other countries and play a role in maintaining and securing maritime safety and freedom of navigation.



Jun 01
Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020 JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its 30th-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today )
May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
Jun 01
35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward. (Japan Today )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )

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35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward.

According to police, Akira Imazu, of Sumida Ward and an employee in the food and drink services industry, was charged with public indecency. TV Asahi reported that at around 8 a.m. on May 21, Imazu exposed himself in front of a young girl riding her bicycle to school.

Police said Imazu had cut a hole in the crotch of his pants before going out.



Jun 01
Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020 JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its 30th-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today )
May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
Mayಟ
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
Jun 01
35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward. (Japan Today )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, ǽ, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )

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Ancient game played to pray for Japan’s victory

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

A ball-kicking game was played at a shrine in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto to pray for the country’s success at the World Cup soccer finals that begin in Brazil next month.

A group of people working to preserve the traditional kemari game, and former Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata, offered prayers at Shimogamo Shrine. They wore colorful costumes from the Heian era that lasted from the 8th century to the 12th century.

A field measuring 7 square meters was set up, and 8 members of the group formed a circle and kicked a ball made of deer skin.



Jun 01
Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020 JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its Ǿth-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today )
May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
Jun 01
35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward. (Japan Today )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )

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Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its 30th-by the 2020 Olympics.

The new station, to be built on the waterfront area between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations-a distance of 2.2 kilometers-will be the first new station on the line since 1971, JR East said.

The area is currently a JR train depot and storage yards.

The last station to be added to the Yamanote line loop was Nishi-Nippori in 1971.



Jun 01
Yamanote line in Tokyo to get 30th station by 2020 JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its 30th-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today )
May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
Jun 01
35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward. (Japan Today )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )

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Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday.

According to police, the remains of the child were found at around 3:15 p.m. inside the apartment. TBS quoted police as saying that the remains were that of a young boy who apparently died about seven years ago when he was five.

In April, when the boy failed to show up at the start of school-where he had been enrolled several years ago-school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police on May 22.

Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father, truck driver Yukihiro Saito, 36, until May 30. Saito lives in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) and officers discovered the boy’s remains.

Saito-who is divorced from the boy’s mother-was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006, TBS reported.


May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Abe throws support behind ASEAN in maritime security, slams China Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to support efforts by Vietnam and the Philippines to resolve their territorial disputes with China, making a veiled criticism of the Asian powerhouse. (Kyodo )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )
May 28
Suspect wanted to attack any AKB member The man suspected of wounding 2 AKB48 singers reportedly says he wanted to attack any member of the all-girl pop group. (NHK )

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Tourists rate Tokyo top city

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers.

That top spot should be a boost for the still struggling tourist industry in Japan. It will surely encourage more travelers to come to Japan in the coming year.

Tokyo received positive reviews in a number of areas that put it ahead of New York City (second) and Barcelona (third) followed by Istanbul, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Tokyo came out on top in five sections: local friendliness, taxi services, cleanliness, transport and overall satisfaction. Tokyo also came out in the top 10 in another eight areas including restaurants, shopping and suitability for families.

However, Tokyo was ranked lower for cultural attractions and sightseeing activities. Instead of emphasizing shopping only, the tourist industry here should strive to increase accessibility to and information about the many cultural sites in the capital city.


May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Abe throws support behind ASEAN in maritime security, slams China Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to support efforts by Vietnam and the Philippines to resolve their territorial disputes with China, making a veiled criticism of the Asian powerhouse. (Kyodo )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May ǽ
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A胦-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (May 26). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )
May 28
Suspect wanted to attack any AKB member The man suspected of wounding 2 AKBȐ singers reportedly says he wanted to attack any member of the all-girl pop group. (NHK )

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Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework.

Meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Security Summit, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera assured U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin that Tokyo has not budged on its stance to pile pressure on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization.

The three countries aim to form a joint front against North Korea, whose provocative actions continue to raise tensions in the Asia-Pacific region where China’s military influence is also growing. The ministers agreed that North Korea should not be accepted as a nuclear state.


May 31
Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei )
May 31
Abe throws support behind ASEAN in maritime security, slams China Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to support efforts by Vietnam and the Philippines to resolve their territorial disputes with China, making a veiled criticism of the Asian powerhouse. (Kyodo )
May 31
Tourists rate Tokyo top city Tokyo was voted the world’s most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times )
May 31
Man arrested after child’s skeletal remains found in apartment Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday. (Japan Today )
May 31
‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign kicks off Japan’s Environment Ministry is about to kick off the ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK )
May 31
Man arrested for attacking Kameoka city hall employee with kitchen knife Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 35-year-old man for attacking a city hall employee with a kitchen knife. (Japan Today )
May 31
Yu Yamada announces she is 6 months pregnant Popular fashion model Yu Yamada, 29, is six months pregnant, her management agency announced Friday. (Japan Today )
May 30
Aska case shows agencies pressuring Japan’s media on drug reporting Two times this month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested singer Aska, of the pop group Chage and Aska, on drug-related charges.
Since the news broke of his first arrest, sports newspapers and broadcasting stations have covered the story to great extent, expressing astonishment over the revelations. (Tokyo Reporter )
May 30
Policeman discharges weapon after suspect strikes him and tries to steal his bike keys Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike. (Japan Today )
May 30
Nomisugi! Japan’s sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs plentiful, and with work done for another week it’s time to cut back and relax with a few beers.
(rocketnews24.com )
May 29
Oil tanker listing off Japan after explosion A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after an explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. (bworldonline.com )
May 29
Tokyo cops bust Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi for offering sex Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a Chinese massage parlor in Itabashi Ward’s Akatsukashinmachi area for licensing violations, reports TBS News (Mayಚ). (Tokyo Reporter )
May 29
Body in Sapporo park may be woman missing since panic call to fiance Police in Sapporo said Wednesday that a badly decomposed body found in a park may be that of a 25-year-old woman who went missing on May 4. (Japan Today )
May 29
Peeping Tom police officer arrested in Kanagawa Kanagawa prefectural police said Wednesday that a 32-year-old police officer has been arrested for lewd conduct. (Japan Today )
May 28
Suspect wanted to attack any AKB member The man suspected of wounding 2 AKB48 singers reportedly says he wanted to attack any member of the all-girl pop group. (NHK )

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Kidnapped Chinese, Filipino released

Posted on 31 May 2014 by admin

Publication Date : 31-05-2014

 

No ransom paid to secure their release, says Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

 

After weeks of quiet negotiations through Malaysian police intermediaries, Chinese tourist Gao Huayun and Filipino hotel worker Marcy Dayawan were freed from terror group Abu Sayyaf�s stronghold of Jolo island in Southern Philippines.

The negotiations began soon after Gao, 29, and Dayawan, 40, were abducted from the Singamata Reef Resort near Semporna by five gunmen on April 2.

Philippines National Police Sulu province chief Supt Abraham Orbita said the two women were taken from the Abu Sayyaf mountainous hideouts in Jolo island to the seaside village of Parang at about 11.30am yesterday.

“They were then handed over to the Malaysians and were taken in a speedboat into Malaysian waters,” said Orbita, who said it was uncertain if any ransom was paid.

Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tweeted last night that no ransom was paid in the release of the two women.

Expressing his appreciation and thanks to the security forces for the success in securing the release of the two victims, he said the government was taking steps to facilitate the return of Gao to her home as soon as possible.

The Shanghai student is likely to fly back to China today via Kuala Lumpur.

“I have just been briefed by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) that the two women abducted from a resort in Sabah last April had been rescued by our authorities.”

“No ransom was paid to secure their release,â€� Najib said in his Twitter update.

According to a security official, both women appeared to be traumatised despite being assured repeatedly that they were now free and in safe hands.

They arrived at the Sandakan marine police base at 4.30pm yesterday and were taken for a medical examination.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said Gao would be debriefed and, if found to be fit, would be flown to Kuala Lumpur immediately.

According to sources, two Malaysian police officers who have been coordinating the release operations had left for Jolo at dawn yesterday after receiving the positive news.

They said the two hostages were freed due to well coordinated negotiations by all involved in securing their freedom.

Malaysia’s Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said arrangements were being made to send Gao back to China.

“This is very good news and my gratitude to the police for their excellent work,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said more emphasis would be given to the security of Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to prevent further kidnappings.

“We will boost the security in Esscom as well as the surrounding islands,” he said.

There is, however, still no word on another Chinese national, 34-year-old fish farm manager Yang Zai Lin, who was abducted by Filipino gunmen on May 16 from the Wonderful Terrace Sdn Bhd farm on Pulau Baik, close to the shores of Silam.

 

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