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International 'cosplayers' take to Nagoya street for summit

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Aug 02 Man arrested in brutal baby beating (Japan Times)
 A 33-year-old man in Hiroshima Prefecture was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly beating his 5-month-old son so hard that his skull cracked. Masashi Ota allegedly beat the infant because he was "irritated that the baby wouldn't stop crying," police said.
Aug 02 Big Brother behind the smoke (Japan Times)
 In the spring of 2008, the Tobacco Institute of Japan together with the associations of tobacco retailers and vending machine manufacturers introduced Taspo, "tobacco passport." At the time, the system seemed a reasonable enough solution to one of Japan's perennial problems - underage smoking. However, Taspo now is reported to have found a new use - helping investigators track down the movements of criminal suspects.
Aug 02 Comparing and contrasting to plumb the heights of Japanese humor (Japan Times)
 Of all the absurd things that foreigners have said about the Japanese, the assertion that they are lacking in a sense of humor takes the cake. As anyone with their wits even slightly about them knows, the Japanese do surely have a subtle, sophisticated and rollicking sense of humor. The only trouble is, they so rarely display it that it's about as hard to find as a copy of the Torah in a Ukrainian convent.
Aug 01 International 'cosplayers' take to Nagoya street for summit (AP)
 "Anime" fans dressed as warriors from the Japanese animated film series "Evangelion" and other main characters from popular "manga" comics as well as games took to the streets in Nagoya on Saturday, entertaining "cosplay" costume roleplay fans and passers-by. Some 300 colorfully dressed participants from 14 countries plus Japan took part in the three-day World Cosplay Summit show which began in the central Japan city the same day.
Aug 01 Answers to some slippery fish questions (Japan Times)
 'Do you eat the green stuff?' asked a tourist, referring to the very end of the snail-like insides of the sazae. Of course you do. Why would you stop eating something just because it has turned green? This is Japan - go green!
Aug 01 Kagawa slams China trademark quest for 'udon' (Japan Times)
 The Kagawa Prefectural Government announced Friday it will file a complaint with the Chinese trademark office over an application to trademark the kanji meaning Sanuki 'udon', a specialty noodle named after a local region.
Jul 31 Woman arrested for leaving newborn son to die in Internet cafe (Mainichi)
 A woman has been arrested for leaving her newborn baby to die at an Internet cafe in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department accuses Mizuha Nagasue, 23, unemployed and of no fixed address, of abandoning a child she was responsible for protecting, resulting in death.
Jul 31 'Fleeced' Japanese couple decline Rome's invite to revisit (AP)
 A Japanese couple who were landed with an "astronomical" bill at a famous Rome restaurant earlier this month turned down Thursday an offer by the Italian government to revisit the city at its expense, the ANSA news agency reported Thursday. Yasuyuki Yamada, 35, from Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, and his fiancee received a 694-euro bill (about 93,000 yen) that included a 115-euro service charge after having lunch at Il Passetto, and reported the restaurant to the police after paying the bill, it said.
Jul 31 The eyes have it - false lashes catch on big with Japan's women (Japan Times)
 Long, thick, perfectly curled eyelashes are pretty much the desire of every Japanese woman. The problem is that the average Japanese lash is only about 5.8 mm in length, less than half that of a Westerner, according to the Japan Lash Association.
Jul 31 'Kamen Rider' villains turn to politics (Japan Times)
 Talk of a change in government power is everywhere ahead of the Aug. 30 Lower House election, including a promotional event this week for the action movie 'Kamen Rider Decade.' Two of the franchise's greatest villains - Jigoku Taishi (Ambassador Hell) and Shinigami Hakase (Dr. Death) of the evil Shocker syndicate - appeared on the event stage in Tokyo on Tuesday to scare the dickens out of kids, but brought with them a political twist.
Jul 31 Yokohama: A Seaside Jaunt to Historic Places in One of Japan's Oldest Ports (Wall Street Journal)
 Yokohama was just a small fishing village when U.S. Navy Commander Matthew C. Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay in 1853 with his four "black ships" -- so called because the coal-powered vessels spewed black smoke and were painted black. His arrival forcefully persuaded Japan to resume commerce with the rest of the world, which had been limited for two centuries to a few traders from China and the Netherlands.
Jul 31 Japan's top model "Ebi-chan" eyes global catwalk (Reuters)
 Top Japanese model Yuri Ebihara has made her mark in Asia but now she wants to take her place on the global catwalk alongside the world's supermodels. The 29-year-old has decided she is too sexy for Japan and wants to share the red carpet with the international jet set in Paris, New York and Milan.
Jul 30 In Tokyo, a culinary search for the fountain of youth (Washington Post)
 The search for the Fountain of Youth took Ponce de Leon to the sunny climes of Florida in 1513, and many a retired snowbird has followed ever since. But in Japan, home of the fastest-aging society in the world, the search took me to the kitchen of Tokyo restaurant owner Suzuno Yoshinari in the ritzy Ginza shopping district.
Jul 30 Going to the country for a bit of Fuji Rock (Japan Times)
 Whether or not you believe Kiyoshiro Imawano, who died in May, was Japan's King of Rock, he was the Mayor of Fuji Rock, having appeared almost every year until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The Saturday night tribute started with footage of the singer-songwriter riding his beloved bicycle on the big screens, accompanied by a recording of Fuji's official theme song, Kiyoshiro's "Inake e Iko" ("Let's Go to the Country"), and ended with everyone singing his most famous tune, "Ameagari no Yozora ni," which was doubly appropriate since it took place "under the night sky after the rain." Nevertheless, there wasn't a dry eye in attendance.
Jul 31 Overstayer denied pregnancy registration (Japan Times)
 The municipal government of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, did not accept an application for pregnancy registration by a 30-year-old Indonesian woman in March because she had overstayed her visa, it was learned Thursday. According to the health ministry, local governments as a rule should accept such registrations for humanitarian reasons and provide a maternal handbook to all pregnant women regardless of their visa status.
Jul 30 How to be a Japanese reggaephile (villagevoice.com)
 In 2001, longtime hardcore reggae fan Hidetsugo Haji faced a dilemma. He wanted to be a part of the "real thing," but he lived in Japan, which lacked some basic pieces: a ghetto, for example, and the everyday struggles that come with such blatant economic disparity, not to mention the extraordinary opportunity to look such inequality in the face and overcome it.
Jul 30 Where is my Japanese toilet? (thefastertimes.com)
 Since the dawn of time, Japan has outdone the rest of the world in what some might consider the realm of unnecessary technological advancement (take for example Nintendo and Tamagotchi). Most of these products end up hitting the American marketplace, sometimes changing our lives forever, while others simply cause riots at toy stores during the holiday shopping rush.
Jul 30 Quake expertise should be shared with the world (Asahi)
 In late March, the National Disaster Reduction Center of China distributed a 'library of Japanese earthquake experiences', translated by me and other Chinese teachers and students in Japanese universities.
Jul 30 People with free time turn to amateur farming (Asahi)
 Driven by a desire to save on food costs amid the sluggish economy or taking on a slower lifestyle in harmony with nature, a growing number of people are taking up home-gardening and community vegetable farming.
Jul 30 Panel eyes adulthood at age 18 (Yomiuri)
 An advisory subpanel to the justice minister on Wednesday proposed lowering the age of majority to 18 from the current age of 20, on condition that the voting age for national elections also be lowered to 18.
Jul 30 U.N. set to rap govt stance on women's rights, marriage law, education (Yomiuri)
 The U.N. watchdog panel on gender equality is poised to issue recommendations to Japan in which it will address this nation's delay in implementing policies to bring about equality between men and women.
Jul 29 Rock singer Kaori Kawamura dies at 38 (AP)
 Kaori Kawamura, a popular female rock singer who had spoken openly about her battle with cancer, died Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, her management office said. She was 38. Kawamura, also known as an anti-breast cancer activist, started her professional singing career in 1988 with her debut single "ZOO" at the age of 17.
Jul 29 Death toll in Yamaguchi Pref. from mudslides, flooding rises to 16 (AP)
 The death toll from mudslides and flooding caused by torrential downpours in Yamaguchi Prefecture rose to 16 on Tuesday after a body, believed to be of a 66-year-old woman, was recovered in Hofu, local police said. In the city of Yamaguchi, meanwhile, water was restored to 12,000 of 27,000 households that had supplies cut, according to the municipal government.
Jul 29 Bodies found near area where Japanese climber, Peruvian guide go missing on Andes (AP)
 Bodies of two males were Tuesday found near the site where a Japanese climber and his Peruvian mountaineering guide went missing last Saturday on the 6,768-meter Mt. Huascaran in the Andes, according to a search party.
Jul 29 Time on death row falls to 2-3 years (Yomiuri)
 Death row inmates are currently being executed about two to three years after their sentences are finalized, a significant decline from the 10-year period through 2007 during which inmates waited an average of eight years before their sentences were carried out. Three death row inmates were executed Tuesday, the first executions since the May implementation of the lay judge system in which ordinary citizens can mete out capital punishment together with professional judges.
Jul 28 Miscarriage of justice could be turning point for Japan's justice system (Irish Times)
 A timid man, Toshikazu Sugaya visibly trembles when he recalls the day the police came calling. From the minute they arrived at his door on a wintry morning 18 years ago, they appeared convinced of his guilt, he says. At the police station in Ashikaga, a small city just over an hour north of Tokyo, detectives pulled his hair, kicked him and shouted in his face, he recalls. They waved around a photo of four-year-old Mami Matsuda, whom they accused him of raping and killing.
Jul 28 Japan hangs 3 death row inmates, 1st executions in six months (AP)
 Japan executed three death row inmates Tuesday, Justice Minister Eisuke Mori announced, conducting its first hangings in six months and the first since the lay judge system was launched in May. It was the third round of hangings under Mori, bringing the total executed under him to nine. The previous hangings took place Jan. 29.
Jul 28 Funerals offered for animals (deseretnews.com)
 With an increasing number of distraught pet lovers seeking to mark the passing of their cherished animal friends with a funeral service, the range of relevant services on offer has grown considerably. Among the options available to bereaved pet owners are the dispatching of staff to their homes to cremate the bodies of the deceased pets, and the sending of Buddhist priests to read out sutras for the departed creatures.
Jul 28 Catholic clergy to opt out of lay judge system (Asahi)
 In a move which challenges the balance between the time-honored principles of religion and the rules of modern society, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan has recommended that the clergy abstain from citizen judge duty. The conference advised its 7,600 bishops, priests and members of monasteries and convents pay a fine rather than participate in the system.
Jul 28 Love in Japan keeps getting weirder (yourtango.com)
 It is not easy being a young person in the land of the rising sun. In addition to blurred lines of reality regarding fictional characters some young folks have taken themselves out of the game altogether. These recluses (called "Hikikomori") choose to keep themselves indoors and have virtually no contact with the outside world. Not an easy way to get a date. Justifiably concerned parents often go to the extreme of hiring someone to lure these youngsters out of their lairs (like the movie Failure To Launch!).
Jul 28 Pocket knife lands tourist, 74, in lockup (Japan Times)
 On July 2 in Shinjuku, a 74-year-old American tourist walked into a police box to ask directions. The American asked where Kinokuniya bookstore was, and a police officer responded by asking the tourist if he had a pocket knife. The American, being the law-abiding citizen that he is, said "yes" and handed it to the senior officer. After a quick measurement of the blade, the officer arrested the 74-year-old for having a pocket knife 1 cm over the legal limit.
Jul 28 Japan's funerals deep-rooted mix of ritual, form (Japan Times)
 Funerals in Japan incorporate a unique mixture of religion, tradition, culture, ritual and geography that to the outsider may appear perplexing. The costs average ¥2.31 million, including ¥1.42 million for funeral-related fees and ¥401,000 for catering to attendants and ¥549,000 for monks, according to a survey published by Japan Consumers' Association in 2008.
Jul 27 Japan ultra-right nationalist rams in barriers at Russia embassy (itar-tass.com)
 A member of a Japanese ultra-right organisation rammed by car into the police barriers at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. No casualties were reported in the incident, a source in the Russian embassy told Itar-Tass on Monday. According to the police, builder Hitoshi Kitano, 39, rammed by car at about 23.07 Tokyo time on Sunday into the metallic barriers placed in front of the main gates of the embassy.
Jul 27 Suspected tornado leaves 21 injured in Gunma Pref. (AP)
 A suspected tornado hit Tatebayashi City in Gunma Prefecture on Monday afternoon, leaving 21 people injured, including one seriously, police in the eastern Japan prefecture said. The Gunma police received an emergency call saying a tornado had hit Tatebayashi shortly after 2 p.m. They said 14 of the injured were hurt by broken windows at a supermarket in the city.
Jul 27 5-yr-old boy found dead after being swept away by river (AP)
 The body of 5-year-old Koji Koide was recovered Monday in Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture, after he was swept away by a river amid heavy rain, local police said. In Onojo, Fukuoka, meanwhile, the bodies of a man and a woman were found in a van, which was hit by a mudslide on the Kyushu Expressway in Onojo, the police said.
Jul 27 Japanese architect on brink of stardom (sfgate.com)
 After nearly four decades of work, Toyo Ito has earned a cult following among architects around the world, although he is otherwise little known outside his home country, Japan. Through his strange and ethereal buildings, which range from modest houses for the urban recluse to a library whose arched forms have the delicacy of paper cutouts, he has created a body of work almost unmatched in its diverse originality.
Jul 27 Japanese TV station holds 12-hour long tricycle race in 26-hour long live TV marathon event (examiner.com)
 As part of a 26-hour long live TV marathon, Japan's Fuji TV held a 12-hour long tricycle race. Participants riding elaborately decorated, homemade tricycles, and some wearing customs, endured an entire day of Japanese summer heat for personal and television glory. The race consisted of 29 qualifying teams-of-four from affiliated TV stations around Japan.
Jul 27 Last Kahuku bon dance brings smiles, tears (Honolulu Advertiser)
 With smiles and hugs and more than a few misty eyes, present and former residents of Kahuku gathered last night to celebrate, for one last time, an event that for more than 80 years kept the small North Shore community in touch with itself.
Jul 27 In Tokyo, Hitchcock isn't around, but he seems to have sent the birds (Washington Post)
 The crows are back in town, swooping in from the suburbs, feasting on garbage in Ginza, cawing with impunity. "Yes, they have returned," admitted Naoki Satou, the chagrined point man for the city's eight-year-old war on crows. The conflict had gone Tokyo's way until 2006, when the formidably beaked carrion-eaters launched a counterattack. The crow count has since risen about 30 percent.
Jul 27 Palm print on knife handle matches murder suspect's (Yomiuri)
 A palm print found on a knife believed to have been used in the fatal stabbing of a 61-year-old woman in Chiba matches that of a man arrested last week on suspicion of killing her and abducting the woman's daughter, police sources said. However, Hiroyuki Nakada has denied stabbing Aiko Toyoda, reportedly telling police he saw her "lying bleeding on the ground. I didn't kill her."
Jul 27 Students overpower ax-wielding assailant (Yomiuri)
 A student called the police at about 12:30 p.m. and said students had overpowered a man who was wielding the ax in a gymnasium in the Komazawa University's Komazawa campus, police said. A student called the police at about 12:30 p.m. and said students had overpowered a man who was wielding the ax in a gymnasium in the Komazawa University's Komazawa campus, police said.
Jul 26 Yakuza try matchmaking business to make ends meet (ethiopianreview.com)
 These are hard times for us all; hardest of all for the yakuza. Once, organized crime bands pursued glory, as they saw it. Now it's a brute, inglorious hustle for mere survival. Nothing's beneath them, as long as it pays. Couple this fact with a surging marriage boom, and you get yakuza infiltrating the matchmaking business. The buzzword is "konkatsu," meaning literally "marriage activity" and written with characters suggesting a similarity to job-hunting. Singles once content to be that way are suddenly in the market for marriage partners, and brokerages, inevitably, are springing up to meet the demand.
Jul 26 Soldier who stayed on tells filmmaker how 'We had to kill, kill, kill' (Japan Times)
 The most astounding moment in 'Flowers and Troops,' a documentary film by Yojyu Matsubayashi, is when the young director leans close to one of his subjects - an 87-year-old former corporal in the Imperial Japanese Army - and says, 'I've heard that some Japanese soldiers ate human flesh.'
Jul 26 Poll finds 70% willing to serve as lay judges (Japan Times)
 More than 70 percent of some 2,000 adult pollees say they are ready to take part in criminal trials as lay judges, while about a quarter prefer to refuse participation even if they are required to do so by law, survey results released by the Cabinet Office showed Saturday.
Jul 26 40% believe public complaints made in workplace have increased (Yomiuri)
 About 40 percent of people feel public complaints made in the workplace have increased, and people in their 60s are most likely to gripe when they are dissatisfied, according to a survey by an adviser with experience in handling complaints.
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