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  • Ramen Yokocho Fest Is Here Again, This Time With a Ramen Championship

    03/17/2015 9:15:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/17 | AMY SCATTERGOOD
    Forget the possible heat and inevitable crowds, it's time for another edition of the Ramen Yokocho fest. The massive noodlepalooza is coming to Santa Anita Park on the weekend of March 28-29, and this time the Ramen Yokocho Assn. is not only bringing you 11 ramen-yas but, for the first time, they're holding a ramen championship. When you buy a ticket, you'll also be given a ballot so that you can vote for your favorite ramen. Only the U.S. ramen shops are eligible (the Japanese shops are considered guests), thus seven of the 11 shops are in the running to...
  • Japanese LED traffic lights just too cool when snow falls

    02/23/2015 3:18:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/15 | AFP
    Tokyo (AFP) - Energy-saving LED traffic lights seemed like a cool way to cut back on electricity costs, but Japanese police said Monday they might just be too cool -- because they don't melt snow. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) account for around 45 percent of all of Japan's stop-and-go signals .. But in wintery northern Japan the lights have encountered a problem -- drivers can't see them because they don't get warm enough to melt accumulated snow. Akira Kudo of Aomori Prefectural Police said snow has to be removed manually between December and mid-February during blizzards. "We don't have enough staff...
  • Online Video Purports To Show Islamic State Group Beheading Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto

    01/31/2015 12:47:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Online Video Purports To Show Islamic State Group Beheading Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto Japan says working closely with Jordan for release of captives held by Islamic State CAIRO (AP) — Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
  • Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

    01/29/2015 12:45:54 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg
    AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a...
  • Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist

    01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015
    Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Who Really Discovered America?

    07/14/2002 2:08:47 PM PDT · by blam · 182 replies · 18,652+ views
    Who Really Discovered America? Did ancient Hebrews reach the shores of the North and South American continents thousands of years before Christopher Columbus? What evidence is there for Hebrew and Israelite occupation of the Western Hemisphere even a thousand years before Christ? Was trans-Atlantic commerce and travel fairly routine in the days of king Solomon of Israel? Read here the intriguing, fascinating saga of the TRUE DISCOVERERS OF AMERICA! William F. Dankenbring A stone in a dry creek bed in New Mexico, discovered by early settlers in the region, is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the Western...
  • Man Snatched From Boat by 16-Foot Crocodile

    06/09/2014 6:48:33 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 84 replies
    Newser ^ | June 9, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    When a man went to the side of his boat to empty a bucket at Australia's Kakadu National Park on Saturday, he was attacked by what police say was a 15.5-foot-long crocodile and vanished, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law unable to save him. Now, the 62-year-old's remains may have been found inside a crocodile. Two of the reptiles were shot yesterday about a mile from the site of the encounter, the AAP reports via the Sydney Morning Herald. "A quantity of human remains was recovered" from one, say police. They have yet to be IDed.
  • The Battle of Midway

    06/04/2014 7:50:32 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 49 replies
    Self | June 4, 2014 | Self
    In late December 1941, Navy Secretary Frank Knox and FDR met and selected Chester Nimitz to command the Pacific Fleet, which at that time the public perceived as residing at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt said, “Tell Nimitz to get the hell out to Pearl and stay there until the war is won”. Knox informed Nimitz by saying, “You’re going to take command of the Pacific Fleet, and I think you will be gone a long time”. On Christmas Day 1941 Admiral Chester Nimitz arrived by Catalina flying boat to take command. When the door opened he was assailed...
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah

    03/01/2014 11:33:29 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 90 replies
    JapanToday.com ^ | 26FEB2014 | BRADY McCOMBS
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY — The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah.</p>
  • Headed for Extinction

    10/28/2013 8:00:04 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 10-28-13 | Eric Metaxas
    Long-time BreakPoint listeners know about Japan’s catastrophically-low birthrates: by 2060, Japan’s population is projected to fall by a third, the same percentage killed by the Black Death in 14th-century Europe. Japan’s demographic decline has spawned some creepy adaptations, such as lifelike talking dolls for elderly Japanese without grandchildren, or the borrowing of other people’s grandchildren for a day. Attempts to encourage child-bearing through economic incentives have failed, as they have in other countries with low birth-rates. Younger Japanese aren’t interested in reproducing themselves. And now, according to a recent article in the UK’s Guardian, they’re increasingly uninterested in sex, as...
  • Why Did FDR Fail to Relieve MacArthur and 151,000 Troops Fighting the Japanese in the Philippines?

    08/04/2013 10:54:44 AM PDT · by cutty · 209 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Aug 2013 | Diana West
    According to Soviet intelligence reports, we now know that one of FDR’s top officials, the Treasury Department’s Harry Dexter White, was a Soviet agent, who, among many other deceptions, subverted relations between the US and Japan by inserting “ultimatum” language into the cable flow that actually spurred the Japanese attack. This was language written in Moscow, passed to White by a Soviet handler in Washington, D.C., and dropped into a State Department communiqué sent to Japan. This brilliantly executed influence operation doesn’t live in infamy – at least not yet. ... “A continuous stream of fighter and pursuit planes is...
  • Japanese flag captured at Iwo jima

    07/15/2013 9:58:28 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 8 replies
    friend in the Marine Corps League ^ | 7/15/2013 | RaceBannon
    This is something cool, so fat, as it is translated, itis a series of personal messages to a soldier on Iwo Jima, wishing him well
  • Earhart's Electra Found?

    05/30/2013 12:22:00 PM PDT · by Deek · 100 replies
    TIGHAR ^ | 5/28/2013 | Tighar
    TIGHAR is able to share details of our search for a conclusive answer to the Earhart mystery thanks to the international agreement signed in Washington, DC on March 20, 2012. The Republic of Kiribati, the sovereign nation of which Nikumaroro is a part, has granted TIGHAR the exclusive right to conduct research, search, and recovery operations related to the Earhart disappearance within the national borders of Kiribati. No one is authorized to undertake Earhart related search, recovery of artifacts or research within the boundaries of Kiribati (including Nikumaroro) without authorization from both the government of Kiribati and TIGHAR.
  • Pearl Harbor 2.0

    12/07/2012 6:18:42 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Time ^ | 07 Dec 2012 | John Koster
    The “infamy” of December 7, 1941, is deeper than most Americans have ever imagined. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was almost certainly the result of a Soviet plot—“Operation Snow”—carried out by Harry Dexter White, a figure of enormous influence in the Roosevelt administration and a known Soviet spy. Americans remember Pearl Harbor as the work of a Japanese military machine hell-bent on a war of conquest. The truth is more complicated. The imperial regime had faced severe political shocks throughout the 1930s. Two attempts on the life of Emperor Hirohito—one by a Japanese communist whose father was a member...
  • Pearl Harbor Day remembered on 71st anniversary (December 7th) [LIVE THREAD]

    12/07/2012 5:42:14 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 7, 2012 | Associated Press
    More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. Ceremonies get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941. The crew of a Navy guided-missile destroyer will stand on deck while the ship passes the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank decades ago. Hawaii Air National Guard aircraft will fly overhead in missing man formation. The Navy and...
  • Japan tooth patch could be end of decay

    09/17/2012 11:50:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 9-16-2012 | AFP
    AFP - Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said. The "tooth patch" is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel, that could also mean an end to sensitive teeth. "This is the world's first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth or repair damaged enamel," said Shigeki Hontsu, professor at Kinki University's Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in western Japan. "Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was...
  • 0BAMA NEVER WORRIED ABOUT SPEAKING GERMAN

    05/27/2012 8:13:25 PM PDT · by TexasTransplant · 21 replies
    Today | me
    It occurred to me today that Obama has no WW2 History, he has no worry downloaded from his family that without the "Greatest Generation" we could be speaking German or Japanese today as our National Language... his Family really had no dog in that fight, yes he lied about his Grandfather, (for political gain) and that is his only connection. This must be one of his more painful Holidays ... *(Christmas and Easter are probably just as painful for him) Will he play Golf? TT
  • 73-year-old Japanese woman scales Mount Everest

    05/20/2012 3:33:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 5/19/12 | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A 73-year-old Japanese woman climbed to Mount Everest's peak Saturday, smashing her own record to again become the oldest woman to scale the world's highest mountain. Tamae Watanabe reached Everest's 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit from the northern side of the mountain in Tibet on Saturday morning with four other team members, said Ang Tshering of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Nepal. Watanabe had climbed Everest in 2002 at the age of 63 to become the oldest woman to scale the mountain. She had retained the title until she topped herself a decade later.
  • For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep

    04/16/2012 9:09:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | April 16, 2012 | Lucy Craft
    A smattering of Yiddish words has crept into the American vernacular: Non-Jews go for a nosh or schmooze over cocktails. Yet the language itself, once spoken by millions of Jews, is now in retreat. But you don't have to be Jewish to love Yiddish. In Japan, a linguist has toiled quietly for decades to compile the world's first Yiddish-Japanese dictionary — the first time the Jewish language has been translated into a non-European language other than Hebrew. It was in the hills of Kyushu Island in southern Japan where Kazuo Ueda carried out his impressive and quixotic quest, devoting his...
  • Fishing boat lost in Japan tsunami reaches Canada

    03/24/2012 9:42:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 3+ views
    afp ^ | March 24, 2012
    A fishing boat lost in the massive Japanese tsunami a year ago has turned up off Canada's west coast... The 65-meter (210-foot) vessel was spotted Tuesday by a Canadian Forces aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol, and its Japanese owner has been notified, said Transport Canada. A military photo shows the ship, streaked with rust but intact, floating 278 kilometers (150 nautical miles) off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii islands, some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) north of Vancouver. "The vessel is considered an obstruction to navigation," ... Near Midway Atoll in the deep Pacific, a Russian ship spotted an...
  • Tokyo Dental Salon Specializes in Giving Girls Crooked Teeth

    10/01/2011 7:21:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    odditycentral.com ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | Spooky
    A dental salon in Tokyo’s Ginza district has become very popular with girls after it advertised a cosmetic procedure that lengthens and sharpens canines to enhance a feature Japanese call “yaeba”. Crooked teeth are seen as imperfections in many western countries, and particularly in America, where braces are practically a God-given gift to man, but in Japan, a country where almost everything is different, they are considered cute, even adorable. Yaeba means double tooth in Japanese, but it doesn’t describe major dental deformities, but rather the vampire-like look obtained when the two molars crowd the canines pushing them forward to...
  • Police say Japanese have returned $78 million in missing cash after quake

    In the five months since a devastating earthquake struck, Japanese police say they've received $78 million in missing cash and valuables that citizens have found in the rubble and promptly turned in. Thousands of missing wallets contained $48 million in cash, and nearly 6,000 more safes turned in by volunteers contained an extra $30 million, the Japanese Police Agency told ABC News' Akiko Fujita. Most of the found money has been returned to its owners, after police used identifying documents in the safes to track them down.
  • Write Your Name in Japanese

    07/29/2011 10:49:29 PM PDT · by Windflier · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity ^ | 29 July 2011 | Windflier
    Write your name in Japanese! A=ka , B=tu , C=mi , D=ti , E=ku , F=lou , G=ji , H=ri , I=ki , J=zu , K=mi , L=ta , M=ran , N=tu , O=mu , P=nu , Q=kay , R=ch , S=ari , T=tchay , U=du , V=rou , W=may , X=na , Y=fu , Z=zi
  • Found Engineers For Fukushima!

    04/17/2011 10:46:07 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 14 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | April 17, 2011 1:35 PM | Niuhuru
    Well, having recruited a couple engineers I now need help in getting permission to go and help out, plus if anyone knows of any inexpensive inns in Japan, it would be a great help.
  • China vehicle maker to open plant in Kenya

    04/10/2011 7:31:58 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 21 replies
    China’s vehicle manufacturer Foton is setting up an assembly plant in Kenya in what is set to heighten the battle between China and Western nations for business in Kenya. The Sh1.2 billion assembly plant is expected to churn out 10,000 units of prime movers, tippers, buses, pick-ups, and light commercial trucks per year, making it one of the biggest foreign direct investments by a Chinese company. Foton said it is setting up the plant to avoid paying a 25 per cent import duty on cars to allow in its low cost products putting it in a head-to-head battle with Japanese...
  • Ultimate Loyalty: Japanese Dog Refuses to Leave Injured Buddy's Side

    03/17/2011 12:01:35 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 17, 2011 | Meredith Jessup
    The Blaze has been happy to bring you reports of the Japanese peoples’ resilient spirit and will to stick together and survive. With all of the human despair and destruction facing Japan following the country’s massive earthquake and tsunami, it would be easy to overlook the struggles of some smaller residents. Undoubtedly, hundreds if not thousands of house pets perished as the tsunami swept ashore and people made their way to higher ground. But as we reported yesterday, some pets are finding ways to beat the odds. Add two more to that list. Japanese film crews captured these images of...
  • Banana dose equivalents of radiation (Fukushima spiked at 30 bananas/day, now 2 bananas/day)

    03/15/2011 9:07:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 3+ views
    Watt's up with that - The average radiologic profile of bananas is 3520 picocuries per kg, or roughly 520 picocuries per 150g banana. The equivalent dose for 365 bananas (one per day for a year) is 3.6 millirems (36 μSv). Another way to consider the concept is by comparing the risk from radiation-induced cancer to that from cancer from other sources. For instance, a radiation exposure of 10 mrems (10,000,000,000 picorems) increases your risk of death by about one in one million—the same risk as eating 40 tablespoons of peanut butter, or of smoking 1.4 cigarettes. Japanese radiation readings: Monitoring...
  • News About The Japanese Imperial Family?

    03/14/2011 8:51:04 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | March 14 2011 | Niuhuru
    Does anyone know what has happend to the Imperial Family? Have they been evacuated or are they staying in Tokyo?
  • What are your impressions of Japanese and their society after seeing all the TV reports ? (Vanity )

    03/14/2011 2:01:54 AM PDT · by sushiman · 93 replies
    3/14/11
    I've been here ( Japan ) a long time , so what I have seen does not surprise me : the people's resilience ; the community spirit ; the never give up attitude ; the discipline ; etc...I would love to hear what your impressions have been , watching from halfway around the world .
  • My Mother In Law Passed Today

    12/07/2010 4:26:38 PM PST · by muawiyah · 40 replies
    Self and Family | Dec 7, 2010 | Personal
    Teruko Murakami Nakamura passed to her Heavenly reward today. She was 83 ~ from a family of 8, she is survived by her husband, 2 sisters, 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.Originally from Portland, Oregon her life was changed dramatically on this date 69 years ago when she went from being a carefree young teenager to someone faced with serious adult problems.Over the course of the next few months her father, a prosperous small hotel owner who'd had a career as a Western cowboy chuck wagon cook, prepping salmon in a cannery, and selling fruit on the sidewalk,...
  • Japan's holographic rock star -- Miku Hatsune

    11/11/2010 10:29:52 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 19 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 11 November, 2010 | Robert Michael Poole
    Virtual idol Miku Hatsune has gone from a character marketing voice synthesizing software to a full blown pop star -- pretty clever for a hologram Home › Sound Check › Tokyo › Play Japan's holographic rock star -- Miku Hatsune Virtual idol Miku Hatsune has gone from a character marketing voice synthesizing software to a full blown pop star -- pretty clever for a hologram By Robert Michael Poole 11 November, 2010 Select ratingPoorOkayGoodGreatAwesome PoorOkayGoodGreatAwesome. .EmailTwitterFacebookShare. Forget the tantrums, entourage and ridiculous riders. Here's one rock star that only needs electricity to keep her happy. Following on from Japan's cybernetic...
  • Abducted Japanese reporter returns home

    09/06/2010 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    EVENING SUN.com ^ | Posted: 09/06/2010 09:11:27 AM EDT | By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writer
    SNIPPET: "TOKYO—A Japanese journalist returned home Monday after militants in Afghanistan released him from five months in captivity." SNIPPET: "Tsuneoka had been abducted before. He disappeared in Georgia in 2001 and was held for several months by unidentified individuals, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was freed during a Georgian military operation."
  • Japanese told to go to bed an hour early to cut carbon emissions

    06/24/2010 9:30:34 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 53 replies
    telegraph UK ^ | 6-23-10 | Danielle Demetriou
    A typical family can reduce its carbon dioxide footprint by 85kg a year if everyone goes to bed and gets up one hour earlier, according to the campaign The Japanese government has launched a campaign encouraging people to go to bed and get up extra early in order to reduce household carbon dioxide emissions. The Morning Challenge campaign, unveiled by the Environment Ministry, is based on the premise that swapping late night electricity for an extra hour of morning sunlight could significantly cut the nation's carbon footprint.
  • Scientists scramble for Japanese asteroid capsule (Update: Capsule found, headed to Japan)

    06/13/2010 7:51:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 771+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/10 | Madeleine Coorey
    SYDNEY (AFP) – A capsule that scientists hope will contain a little slice of outer space after a seven-year journey across the solar system was sitting in the Australian Outback on Monday waiting to be recovered. The pod, which was ejected from a Japanese space probe as it burned up in a spectacular meteor-like display over Australia, could hold the first piece of asteroid ever brought to Earth. The heat-resistant pod parachuted into the Woomera military zone after being ejected from Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft as it flamed back into the planet's atmosphere late Sunday. Australian National University scientist Trevor Ireland,...
  • Whale Wars Season 3 (Premieres now)

    06/04/2010 7:11:22 PM PDT · by Dengar01 · 37 replies · 910+ views
    Animal Planet ^ | 6/4/10 | Animal Planet
    Whale Wars Season 3 on Animal Planet now, let the stupidity begin! Watch hippies get shot with hoses, watch boats get smashed up! This makes the blackhawks loss much better for me!
  • Japan names outspoken populist Naoto Kan as new PM

    06/04/2010 5:38:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 550+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/4/10 | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA
    Japan's parliament elected outspoken populist Naoto Kan as prime minister Friday, handing the political veteran the immediate task of rallying his party and reclaiming its mandate for change before elections next month. Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday after squandering the public's high hopes with broken campaign promises, including moving a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, and financial scandals.
  • Imperial Adjustments

    06/02/2010 11:56:16 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 5 replies · 323+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: May 27, 2010 | By KUMIKO MAKIHARA
    TOKYO — The drizzly weather didn’t dampen the excitement at the annual spring imperial party last month as the royal family strolled along Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace grounds. Mao Asada, the Olympic figure skating silver medalist, was so overwhelmed when Emperor Akihito spoke to her that she managed only to repeatedly reply “yes,” and “thank you very much.” It was a typical reaction that shows the magnetic hold the emperor and empress have over the Japanese people. Missing as usual from the festivities was Crown Princess Masako who suffers from a stress-related disorder that causes anxiety and distress and only occasionally...
  • (Japanese PM) Hatoyama announces resignation (because of USMC Okinawa base agreement)

    06/02/2010 2:03:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 404+ views
    UPI Asia ^ | 6/1/2010
    TOKYO, June 1 (UPI) -- Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced his decision to step down Wednesday after only eight months in office. The leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, which he helped come to power last September after the August elections, announced his decision at a general assembly of party lawmakers, Kyodo News reported. The prime minister's ruling coalition has seen its public approval ratings plunge in recent months. Things came to a head after the Social Democratic Party, a coalition partner, decided to leave over the government's accord allowing the U.S. Marine base's air station to...
  • Japanese Prime Minister may resign 'within 48 hours'

    06/01/2010 6:11:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 316+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2010
    Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may step down within the next 48 hours amid growing public and political resentment at his handling of the relocation of a US Marines Corps base in Okinawa. Japanese Prime MInister Yukio Hatoyama Mr Hatoyama is scheduled to have showdown talks with Ichiro Ozawa, the secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, on Tuesday evening. Mr Ozawa is widely considered to be the party's kingmaker and the meeting may well determine the prime minister's political fate. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hatoyama said he was willing to stay on as prime minister, despite growing criticism...
  • Travel Like a VIP on a Small Budget in Asia

    04/30/2010 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 583+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 30 2010 | Alice Winters
    Rarely are currency exchange rates as good for the American dollar as that of Asian countries. In Asia, the American dollar carries a lot of clout and with the recent devaluation of the USD; it is a good thing that these countries offer an excellent trip for so little cost to Americans.
  • Young men prove their bravery by riding giant logs......

    04/09/2010 11:42:30 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 26 replies · 927+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:31 PM on 9th April 2010 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Bravery isn't the first word that comes to mind when looking at these images of a Japanese log-rolling ceremony. But that is exactly what these young men are apparently proving during the bizarre Ki-otoshi ceremony, where they ride the giant logs as they are yanked down steep hills by ropes. Skidding and bumping over the rough terrain, at times the logs literally drop down the steep inclines
  • Toyoda Vs. Torquemada

    02/26/2010 8:01:36 PM PST · by molybdenum · 1 replies · 192+ views
    Barely a Blog.com ^ | 2-26-10 | Ilana Mercer
    The excerpt is from “Toyoda Vs. Torquemada,” my latest WND.COM column: “Mr. Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota, could have achieved the brevity much-admired in his culture (and mine) had he responded thus to the invitation to appear before the congressional committee investigating the recall of eight million of his vehicles... ' cont'd http://barelyablog.com/
  • Feb 19th, 1942 in History…The Japanese Relocation

    02/20/2010 10:46:51 AM PST · by Starman417 · 24 replies · 427+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-19-10 | Wordsmith
    National Archives An exclusion order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry.On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. There was no mention of relocation centers in the EO, because initially none were envisioned. The purpose was for those of Japanese ancestry to relocate voluntarily, anywhere within the interior, away from the West Coast and areas of strategic military importance. On April 25, 1992, as a UCLA student, I went by bus from campus on a pilgrimage to Manzanar, 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles on the...
  • 3 Japanese whalers injured in protest action (butyric acid lobbed at crew members)

    02/11/2010 7:54:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,052+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/10 | Owen Pye - ap
    SYDNEY – Three crew members of a Japanese whaling vessel suffered face and eye injuries from acid fired by anti-whaling protesters during their latest clash in the Antarctic Ocean, their Japanese employers said Friday. The Sea Shepherd protesters said they lobbed butyric acid, produced from stinking rancid butter, which they often aim at the whalers to try to disrupt the annual Japanese hunt. The activists maintain that butyric acid is nontoxic. ... Glenn Inwood, spokesman for Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, said the injuries were not serious, but he cautioned that butyric acid can cause temporary blindness.
  • Extreme Terrorist Group, "Sea Shepherd" Takes Financial Hit with the Sinking of their Batmobile Boat

    02/11/2010 6:45:07 AM PST · by FredJake · 30 replies · 1,146+ views
    There is a war going on in the Antarctic, a war over the whales. This fish war has become increasingly dangerous for those involved, as more then just nasty words during a protest are being exchanged lately. This war has tempers flaring, nations accusing each other of malfeasance, and boats crashing into each other like what happened when the Yushin Maru 3 crashed into the more aggressive Bob Barker this past Sunday on February 7th. This on the heels of the activist group's pride speed boat the Ady Gil being sunk just last month on its maiden voyage. In that...
  • Video: Obama bows to Japanese Emperor Akihito

    11/17/2009 6:44:34 PM PST · by RGirard · 4 replies · 657+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/16/2009 | Réne Girard
    By now you have most likely heard the news of President Barack Obama breaking protocol and bowing before the Japanese Emperor Akihito. This is something that U.S. Presidents do not do. It is something that Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Kings of other countries do not do. So why he did it remains a mystery. White house aides say Obama was simply following protocol; however, this is not protocol. It was not a simple bow to show respect, which would require a very slight tilt of the upper body. Instead, Barack Obama who stands 6' 2" practically bowed parallel to the...
  • White House Defends Obama’s Bow to Japanese Emperor as ‘Protocol’

    11/15/2009 4:08:06 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 366 replies · 11,200+ views
    breitbart.tv ^ | November 15, 2009 | .breitbart.tv
    Politico: A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.
  • Rising Debt a Threat to Japanese Economy

    10/23/2009 11:31:01 AM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 429+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Oct 2009 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    How much debt can an industrialized country carry before the nation’s economy and its currency bow, then break? The question looms large in the United States, as a surging budget deficit pushes government debt to nearly 98 percent of the gross domestic product. But it looms even larger in Japan. Here, years of stimulus spending on expensive dams and roads have inflated the country’s gross public debt to twice the size of its $5 trillion economy — by far the highest debt-to-G.D.P. ratio in recent memory. Just paying the interest on its debt consumed a fifth of Japan’s budget for...