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Oct 26 2012
virgins-wanted

A man from Japan called Natsu fended off strong competition to secure a date with 20-year-old Brazilian student Catarina Migliorini, who is set to sell her virginity for a $780,000 after she put it up for auction online in the name of charity.
Read the rest of the story: Japanese man pays $780K for virginity of 20-year-old Brazil woman, who’ll use money for charity housing project.

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Oct 25 2012
one-piece-osaka

Earlier this year Eiichiro Oda celebrated his success of manga illustration over the span of 15 years by, showcasing his original illustrations at the "One Piece Exhibition." Due to popularity of the event hosted in Tokyo, organisers are adding another event in Osaka.
Below are two commercials promoting the event. Attendees will be able to catch full previews of Oda sketching his famous manga characters step-by-step.
(November 24 – February 17)

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Oct 24 2012
radiation-japan

Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit.
The environmental group said authorities were wasting time cleaning up evacuated areas and should prioritise decontamination efforts in places where people live, work and play.
Greenpeace found that in some parks and school facilities in Fukushima city, home to 285,000 people, radiation levels were above three microsieverts per hour. Japan’s recommended radiation limit is 0.23 microsieverts per hour.
“We also found that official monitoring posts …

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Oct 22 2012
miss-international

A Japanese woman won the title of Miss International Sunday in this year’s contest in Naha, capital of the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa.
Ikumi Yoshimatsu, a 25-year-old model from Tosu, Saga Prefecture, said, “I wasn’t sure whether I was dreaming or it really happened…I think women will become opinion leaders in the future, and I said in my speech during the contest how I want to work from now on.”
Yoshimatsu is the first Japanese winner of the title since the contest, one of the three major beauty pageants in the …

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Oct 22 2012
japan-coast-guard-save-chinese

Japan’s Coast Guard saved all 64 Chinese seamen from their burning cargo ship, as the two nations remain locked in an acrimonious dispute over contested islands.
The coast guard was alerted by Taiwan authorities late Saturday about a fire on the 12,703-ton Ming Yang and sent patrol vessels and aircraft to the scene, around 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of Okinawa.
By 2:30 am Sunday a Japanese coast guard ship had saved 21 people who escaped on a life raft, while 43 others remained on the deck of the burning freighter, registered …

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Oct 20 2012
stabbing-japan

Japanese police Saturday arrested a man who allegedly stabbed five people at a railway station in southwest Japan, Kyodo news agency reported.
The five victims – all men – were taken to hospital but their injuries did not seem to be life-threatening, the agency said, quoting firefighters.
A passerby alerted the fire department to the early morning attack at Hakata railway station in Fukuoka city.
Police said they had arrested a man believed to be the attacker, who was quoted as saying he “wanted to stab people”, Kyodo reported.
Japan, which has a …

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Oct 18 2012
Wakamatsu-Koji

Legendary Japanese director Wakamatsu Koji has died, it is being reported, after succumbing to injuries sustained last Friday, when he was hit by a taxi in Tokyo. The 76-year-old filmmaker, oft-compared to French New Wave pioneer Jean Luc Godard, had over 100 films to his credit, with his latest, The Millennial Rapture, having just premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last month, and 11.25: The Day Mishima Chose His Fate set to play the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival in November.
Wakamatsu made a name for himself in the 1960s …

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Oct 18 2012
sharp

In 2004, Kameyama, a town of 50,000 people in central Japan, boomed when Sharp started making liquid-crystal-display panels there.
Sharp dominated the industry with a 22 percent market share in LCD TVs and poured $6.6 billion into Kameyama, creating two state-of-the-art factories and 3,000 jobs. Farmland was turned into housing as workers in their 20s moved in from as far away as Brazil. Taxes from Sharp paid for the renovation of the train station and a new school with features like a castle.
Then Samsung Electronics began driving down prices, forcing Sharp …

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Oct 16 2012
iron-chef

In September, Fuji TV announced that they would bring back the popular cooking battle variety program “Ryori no Tetsujin” from the 1990s that became a big hit not only in Japan, but around the world.
They revealed that the new show would adopt its English name ‘Iron Chef‘ as the main title, but they didn’t mention anything about the successor of its host, the charismatic actor Kaga Takeshi (62). Today they finally lifted the secret and announced actor Tamaki Hiroshi (32) as the new host.
They held a press conference immediately after …

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Oct 16 2012
fukushima-beef

Cattle farmers in Fukushima Prefecture have resumed beef exports to the United States for the first time in 2 and a half years.
Farmers celebrated the shipment of 3 cattle with a ceremony on Sunday. The leader of a local agricultural cooperative said the resumption is a tailwind for Fukushima farmers who have been suffering from the effects of the nuclear accident.
The 3 cattle will be processed in Japan and the meat will be sold to upscale restaurants in the United States.
Exports of Japanese beef to the US were suspended due …

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