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Remarkable News from Japan, December 2008

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Foot massager strangles three

Three people have been strangled attempting to use a foot massage machine as a neck massager, the maker of the machine said. Saitama-based Matoba Electric Manufacturing Co. said the three died when their clothing got caught in the rollers.

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Japan as ground zero for no-waste lifestyle

This is a town singularly focused on banishing waste – all waste – by 2020. The 2,000 people of Kamikatsu have dispensed with public trash bins. They set up a Zero Waste Academy to act as a monitor.

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Living With In-Laws Linked to Heart Risks in Japanese Women

Japanese women are generally not at high risk for heart attacks — unless they live with in-laws, according to a new study. Married Japanese women who live with both their husbands and a set of parents — in Japan, that almost always means the husband’s parents, according to the researchers — were three times more likely to suffer a heart attack than those living just with their husbands.

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Kobe man convicted of receiving dead dad's pension by hiding body

The Kobe District Court sentenced a 56-year-old unemployed man to two years and four months in prison Monday for receiving a pension for his dead father whose corpse he hid.

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Is Jesus' tomb in Japan?

At age 21, Jesus came to Japan," says Shingo-village official Norihide Nagano. This information was found on a scroll found in 1935 in far-away Ibaraki province, together with Jesus's "last will and testament", which says that he spent 12 years in Japan pursuing religious studies and also learning the language.

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Minimum wage far below cost of living for men in 20s in metropolitan area: survey

Men in their 20s in and around Tokyo need to earn 1,345 yen an hour to maintain the minimum standard of living -- far more than the current minimum wage of 766 yen, figures from a labor think tank have shown.

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Japanese women stick to extensions for lusher lashes

From twentysomethings trying to emulate wide-eyed manga heroines to middle-aged housewives seeking an elegant look that lasts, Japanese women are fluttering the latest in luscious lashes -- and they're artificial. Not to be confused with false eyelashes, a do-it-yourself option that lasts for a day or evening, extensions require a real commitment, since they are glued one-by-one to natural lashes.

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Weird ‘Rhino Escape’ Training Video

You ever wonder what would happen if a Rhino was to escape from its area at the Zoo? Wonder no more as this Japanese training video clearly shows that they zoo staff are trained and ready to handle the situation.

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Apples with Apple's logo

An owner of a Fuji apple orchard put stickers on his Fuji apples while they were still young and on the trees. A month later after the apples had matured, he removed the stickers.

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Too many foreigners forces ban on tourists to Tsukiji fish market

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced a month-long ban on visitors to the famous fish auctions in Tsukiji from mid-December, blaming large numbers of foreign tourists for obstructing business.

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The ascent of manga: Japan's hottest export goes global

Manga is increasingly popular. We used to know what 'manga' meant – it was Akira, or the violent comics read by Japanese teens. But now the eye-popping artform is infusing Western culture, from Hollywood to the Vatican.

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Earthlings, space beer has splashed down in Japan

Space beer, brewed from barley cultivated in the International Space Station in 2006, has splashed down courtesy of the Russian Academy of Science, a Japanese university and beer giant Sapporo. But the 100 liters of the 5.5 percent alcoholic brew are not for sale

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Ainu recognized as an indigenous people in Japan

Ainu people across Japan achieved a long-sought goal: they were unanimously granted recognition as an indigenous people ...

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Sacked Japan air force head defends WWII actions

A Japanese general who was fired as head of the air force for suggesting Japan deserves credit, not blame, for its World War II actions stood by his claim Monday.

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Japanese job-for-life disappears

Students have had job offers withdrawn by firms that fear they will not be able to ride out the current economic uncertainty and are looking to drastically reduce costs - even though withdrawing a written offer of a job is illegal.

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Chinese firms plundering Japanese sake brand names

Famous trademarks belonging to Japanese sake and shochu brewers have been registered or are in the process of being registered in China by Chinese firms and individuals without the consent of the genuine brewers

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The art of the toilet in Japan

When it comes to lavatories, Japan is a step ahead of the rest of the world. No country takes toilets quite so seriously as Japan. Machines with heated seats, built-in bidets and a dynamic range of flushing options are almost ubiquitous in homes and public buildings.

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More Japanese men than women looking for love at Xmas

More single Japanese men than women are looking for love this Christmas to beat the holiday blues, according to a survey released this week. Seventy percent of single Japanese males -- but only 55 percent of females -- want to find a partner in time for Christmas.

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Japan imports whale meat from Iceland, for the first time in 17 years

Japan has recently purchased whale meat from Iceland, marking the first such imports in 17 years, Kyodo News reported, a move that will likely irk environmental groups and ...

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