Yahoo! News – Whaling Commission debates possible repeal of whaling ban
….Sweden called the meeting in an attempt to negotiate a compromise between pro-whaling nations like Iceland, Japan and Norway, which are determined to lift a 1986 IWC moratorium on commercial whaling, and countries that staunchly oppose the practice like Australia and Britain…..
asahi.com : English
Public opinion is split over whether Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi should continue his visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, an Asahi Shimbun poll conducted over the weekend shows.
Asked whether Koizumi should continue to visit Yasukuni, 38 percent of those polled said yes, and 39 percent said no.
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The health-service firm will charge several tens of thousands of yen per employee annually.
“The companies that sign up for the service can expect to see their medical expenses held down, which will be worth the annual costs,” said Yoichiro Imanishi, a senior researcher at Mitsubishi Research Institute, which provides data support for the establishment of the new company
Japan Today – News – Education minister regrets remarks on textbooks –
TOKYO— Education minister Nariaki Nakayama said Tuesday his remarks on Japanese history textbooks were based on his personal belief and that he should not have made such comments in public. “I should have refrained from speaking from my individual standpoint,” he said…
….[previously on the weekend he had said that the texbooks were] “extremely self-torturing and tantamount to saying that Japan did only bad things.” [and] “It is good that references to ‘comfort women’ and abduction from occupied territories are decreasing.”
Boing Boing: Big head people in Tokyo stores
Giant headed people in Tokyo stores are a sign that Christmas is coming?????
Japan Today – News – Tokyo man says he stabbed woman so he could go to prison – Japan’s Leading International News Network
A 45-year-old man being held in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old woman has told investigators he killed her because he wanted to be sent to prison, police said Monday. The suspect told police he selected the woman at random.
Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Brother Remarks on Japan Prince’s Remarks
Japan’s crown prince should have consulted his father before criticizing palace officials earlier this year…In May, Crown Prince Naruhito had lashed out at palace officials for restricting Crown Princess Masako’s activities, saying they wanted to “deny her character.”
…Prince Akishino said both he and the emperor were surprised by his older brother’s remarks.
“He should have at least told the emperor about what he was going to say before speaking at the news conference. I think this is regrettable,” Akishino said. “I was surprised, to say the least. I hear the emperor was also very surprised.”
Half Chinese don’t feel “close” to Japanese: survey – Xinhuanet
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhuanet) — More than half of the Chinese people do not feel close with their neighbor Japan, mostly because Japan has not “seriously reflected” on its invasion of China five decades ago, according to a survey made by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
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South Korean sex slaves or ‘comfort women’. Japan’s top court has rejected a damages suit brought by South Koreans forced to work as sex slaves or soldiers by the Japanese Imperial Army, saying their suffering in World War II cannot be compensated
BBC NEWS | UK | England | Lucie’s father returning to Japan
The father of a nightclub hostess from Kent who died while working in Japan is returning to Tokyo for the trial of the man accused of killing her.
Lucie Blackman, from Sevenoaks, was working in a Tokyo nightclub when she disappeared in July 2000.