Daily Japan Headlines: Tuesday, Sept 20, 2011
Photo Source: Washington Post.
Heavy rains caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural (state) government said.
Television footage showed people wading through water up to their knees in Nagoya, 170 miles (270 kilometers) west of Tokyo. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.
ABC Australia: Atomic bomb survivors demand end to nuclear power
Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks have joined calls to wean Japan off its reliance of nuclear energy after the meltdowns at Fukushima sparked by this year’s tsunami.
Japan’s new prime minister is set to tell the United Nations this week that his country must continue to rely on nuclear power, despite the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Typhoon Roke brought evacuation orders and fears of floods to Nagoya city in central Japan today as it approached the main island of Honshu on a course toward the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
More than 1 million people in Nagoya have been advised to evacuate because of Roke and almost 80,000 have been ordered to leave due to flood risk, said Katsuya Kobayashi in the city’s disaster prevention center.
Japan has been hit by a strong typhoon that has inflicted deaths and injuries and flooded large areas.
Japanese land-price drop slowed for the second year, helped by housing demand before the March 11 earthquake that was driven by tax incentives for home buyers amid low interest rates, a government report showed.
The nationwide average price dropped 3.4 percent as of July 1, compared with a 3.7 percent decline a year earlier, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said in a report released today. In 2009, prices dropped 4.4 percent. Prices were affected by the record temblor in the Tokyo and Nagoya areas, while declines eased in Osaka areas due to increased demand for conveniently located residential neighborhoods
A Japanese government minister says his country plans to bring water temperatures under control at the reactors of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant by the end of this year.
Goshi Hosono’s announcement confirmed plans from Japan giving a rough time frame for “Step 2” of the cleanup at the plant. Lowering temperatures below the boiling point at the reactors would reduce the danger of further meltdown and release of additional radioactivity from the fuel rods inside.
Like many Japanese young women, Takako Suzuki says the first thing she does most days is think about who her next boyfriend should be. Her choices: a cute millionaire, a butler or a samurai.
Whether playing the role of a teenager who fantasizes about her five rich housemates or flirting with a civil-war warrior, Suzuki says she can’t get enough of “otome” Japanese romance games geared toward women. Suzuki, who says she once played 10 different titles concurrently, buys credit from Gree Inc. (3632) to pamper her avatar with virtual clothes or shoes and purchase tickets for additional game chapters.
The Tokyo Game Show 2011 closed yesterday with not too many spectacular announcements, but several interesting games were on display. Japan’s Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) asked the 222.668 attendees of the show this year what their favorite titles were.
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