Brother cides Japan Prince’s Remarks

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.”

Hollywood supporting HD-DVD format

PC World | UPDATE – HD-DVD picks up Hollywood support
The group supporting the HD-DVD optical disc format for high-definition video has received a boost in its battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc format with pledges of support from a number of Hollywood studios.

The format will be used by Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, the HD-DVD group said on Monday. It will also be used by HBO, Warner Bros. announced the same day.

TRADE WAR BREWING: South Korea Bans Japanese Plasma TVs

South Korea bans some plasma TV panels
South Korea Monday temporarily banned imports of plasma display panels made by Japan’s Matsushita Co., the Financial Times reported.
The action followed a complaint filed with the Korean Trade Commission by LG Electronics claiming Matsushita violated its intellectual property rights.

China and Japan push for control of an ‘east Asian’ Summit

FT.com / World / Asia-Pacific – Members agree to hold ‘East Asian’ summit
South-east Asian countries have agreed to hold an East Asia summit in Malaysia next year with China, Japan and South Korea, a move that could eventually shift the leadership of regional economic and security co- operation from south-east Asia to China.

The 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) already hold an annual joint meeting with the three north Asian countries. But an East Asia summit would mean China, Japan and Korea could play a large role in driving the pace and agenda of regional dialogue.

Citigroup bitter about the Land Of Rising Sun

FT.com / Business / Asia-Pacific – Citigroup finds little to crow about in land of rising sun
…..The business-as-usual appearance, however, belies the reality of a business with no future.
Japan’s Financial Services Agency has ordered Citigroup to wind up its Japanese private bank by next September, accusing the business of misleading customers, profiteering and riding roughshod over regulations.
The closure will leave vacant up to six floors in the tower that Citigroup shares with Japan’s bankers’ association. And it will create an even bigger gap in the country’s private banking sector….

DoCoMo invades the UK

Bloomberg.com: U.K.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile-phone operator, and MMO2 Plc will introduce a cellular- phone service in the U.K., Ireland and Germany based on the Japanese carrier’s i-mode wireless Internet technology.

DoCoMo will assist MMO2, the U.K.’s fourth-biggest mobile- phone operator, with data distribution and content development, DoCoMo said

Half of the Chinese population hates Japanese, duh

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).

Korean slaves raped again

sex slavesYahoo! News – World Photos – AFP
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

Lucie Blackman’s Father Returning To Japan

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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.

WiFi Standard specially screwed up for Japan

Mobile Pipeline | 802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.