Daily Japan Headlines: Friday, Jul 15, 2011
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Japan captain Takashi Kikutani hailed his Pacific Nations Cup-winning side on Thursday, saying the Asian champions had proved that Japanese rugby could compete with the best in the world.
The victory comes as Kikutani and his team mates begin final preparations for September’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, with Japan drawn against the hosts as well as France, Tonga and Canada.
While there are geothermal power plants in Japan – 18, to be exact – many of the optimum locations have already been staked out by onsens… in some cases, for centuries. Onsen owners worry that geothermal plants may disrupt their natural hot water sources and in doing so, short-circuit their livelihoods.
In the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant, geothermal power is getting another look. This time, the good of the country as a whole may help swing the balance against a few holdout onsen owners and, perhaps, Japan’s famous hot spring loving monkeys.
Wall Street Journal: Japan Govt Edano: PM Didn’t Say Japan Will Phase Out Nuclear Energy
“While calling it Kan’s dream may not be quite the right word, the separation is clear between short-term policy discussions, mid-term issues that need to be addressed and longer term topics,” said Edano, indicating that Japan is looking to reduce its dependency on nuclear power, not put an end to it.
Wall Street Journal: Japanese Minister Urges Utility Chief to Quit
Japan’s trade and industry minister said on Friday that the president of Kyushu Electric Power Co., Toshio Manabe, should step down following revelations that a senior executive at the utility tried to manipulate a public hearing on support for nuclear power.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released recommendations this week based on lessons from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, declaring that events like those at Fukushima are unlikely to occur in the United States because of stringent safety measures and regulations.
ABC Australia: Record numbers dying from heatstroke in Japan
Cases of heatstroke in Japan have hit record levels as people switch off air conditioners in the summer heat to save power after the nuclear crisis.
At least 26 people have died this month alone.
Cattle at the farm in Asakawa, about 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, were fed with rice straw containing 97,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, compared with the government standard of 300 becquerels, said Hidenori Ohtani at the livestock division of the Fukushima prefectural government. The farm shipped 42 cattle in the past three months to slaughterhouses in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Miyagi prefectures, which were processed into meat and sold to distributors, he said.
Geiger counters, also known as dosimeters, have sold out and prices quadrupled in Tokyo because of worries about radiation fallout since the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown in March. The demand spurred a grey market of “illegal” products that use faulty parts and shoddy designs or are fake
Wall Street Journal: Okinawa Beckons to Nuclear Refugees
Okinawa prefecture has launched a campaign encouraging residents of Fukushima prefecture—even those who don’t live in the government-mandated evacuation zone within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant—to move to the resort destination. In a program largely funded by the central government and Fukushima prefecture, any Fukushima resident who signs up and relocates gets two years’ free rent; airfare to the island; appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and TVs; free rides on its monorail; and a discount card to use at certain supermarkets and restaurants.
For a family of three, these costs add up to around ¥2 million yen ($25,000) over two years, according to an estimate by Okinawa prefecture.
Wall Street Journal: Would Raising the Cigarette Tax Help Japan’s Reconstruction Costs?
Earlier this week, Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano said he thinks “tobacco tax is something that receives less complaints,” when asked about how the government would fund an estimated ¥20 trillion or more budget for the quake and tsunami reconstruction.
On Thursday Japan’s foreign minister told diplomats not to fly Korean Air for a month after it carried out a test flight over disputed islands.
The islands, called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, are claimed by both but controlled by South Korea.
The strengthening of the yen against major currencies is “far removed from reality,” Japan’s finance minister said Thursday, as a higher yen hurts exports.
Last year, two Greenpeace activists, Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, were given suspended sentences by a Japanese court for having removed boxes of whale meat from a warehouse.
They were attempting to highlight perceived malpractice in the annual Antarctic whaling expeditions.
“What we have been doing so far is very good for Japan,” Sasaki said after his team defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the semifinals Wednesday. “We are still recovering from the disaster. There were so many victims in the area which was devastated. Even little things like a win can give people courage and hope.”
Bikini models don cat ears when they want to be cute. Anime after anime have token catgirls. Heck, they even pop up in video games, and, yes, dirty movies.
Catgirls are not some passing fancy or superficial trend. They have their roots in a long tradition of yokai or Japanese goblins, monsters, spirits, or specters. Catgirls are a modern, albeit geeky, take on both the supernatural and the oh-so cute.
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