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2007年6月29日 (金)

Prisoner Fujimori to run in Diet poll

Prisoner Fujimori to run in Diet poll
Compiled from AP, Kyodo
Disgraced Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori will run for Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) in the House of Councilors election next month, even if it's from under house arrest in Chile.

"I would like to show my gratitude to Japan, the home of my parents, by making use of my experiences during my period as president" of Peru, Kokumin Shinto chief Shizuka Kamei quoted Fujimori as saying Wednesday from the house in Santiago where he is being held awaiting a decision on whether he is to be extradited to Peru to face charges of corruption and being party to extra-judicial killings.
-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

ガーゼのある暮らし  

2007年6月26日 (火)

Wii-toting Nintendo surpasses Sony in market value

Wii-toting Nintendo surpasses Sony in market value
Bloomberg
Nintendo Co.'s market value on Monday surpassed that of Sony Corp., a company with eight times more revenue, underscoring the success of the Wii game console in outselling rival PlayStation 3.

Shares of Nintendo, based in Kyoto, rose to a record 46,350 yen on Monday, valuing the company at 6.57 trillion yen, and overtaking Sony's 6.48 trillion yen capitalization in trading. Nintendo's stock closed 0.8 percent lower at 45,100 yen.

Sony, which overtook Nintendo as the world's biggest console maker after the PlayStation 2 was introduced in 2000, suffered production delays and slow sales of its latest player. Wii's lower price and a wandlike controller that players swing like a sword or tennis racket helped Nintendo widen its sales lead over the PlayStation 3 in Japan last month.

-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/


夏を涼しく! ガーゼケット 

2007年6月21日 (木)

Shibuya spa blast kills three women

Shibuya spa blast kills three women
Compiled from Kyodo, AP
Three women were killed and at least three other people were injured Tuesday in an explosion at an annex of a women-only spa facility near a busy section of Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, firefighters said.


Firefighters search for people feared buried under rubble after an explosion Tuesday at a women's bathhouse in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. KYODO PHOTO

The three fatalities and two of the injured were female employees of the Shiespa facility, according to the firefighters and a group company of the spa's operator. The third injured person was believed to be a male passerby.

Authorities initially believed the explosion, which occurred around 2:30 p.m., was due to a malfunctioning boiler in the basement of the one-story annex.
-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[オメガ(OMEGA)]   

2007年6月20日 (水)

Japan's master of an ancient Muslim art

By TOMOKO OTAKE
Staff writer
For Kouichi Honda, writing a beautiful line is what life is about. Getting every detail right — the subtle curves, the varying thicknesses and the density of the ink — matters to him as much as life itself.


Arabic calligrapher Kouichi Honda beside his 1999 work "Red Desert," which was inspired by his years spent in the Middle East working for a Tokyo-based surveying company, and which features quotations from the Koran executed in four different styles of Arabic script. TOMOKO OTAKE PHOTOS
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The 61-year-old professor of international relations at Daito Bunka University in Saitama Prefecture is Japan's leading authority on Arabic calligraphy, a devotional art form that has evolved over the course of 1,400 years and has detailed rules determining every single facet of the practice, whether the script is executed on paper or vellum or is fired into the gorgeous ceramic tiling that can hardly fail to astonish any visitor to a mosque.

-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[ほしのあき] 

2007年6月19日 (火)

Iwojima, site of fierce battle, is officially renamed Iwoto

By REIJI YOSHIDA
Staff writer
Iwojima, the famous patch of volcanic rock in the Pacific where Japanese and U.S. forces fought a fierce battle toward the end of World War II, is no longer known by that name, officially speaking.


Long known as Iwojima, this island 1,200 km south of Tokyo is now officially known as Iwoto. KYODO PHOTO

The Geographical Survey Institute, which conducts surveys and provides basic geographic data for the nation, announced Monday that the official name of the island is now Iwoto, which is what local residents called it before the war.

Iwoto means "sulfur island." Since the Japanese word for island can be expressed as "shima" or "to," the meaning will stay exactly the same.

   -----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[エキサイト恋愛結婚]  

2007年6月18日 (月)

Third child left in baby hatch in Kumamoto

Another infant has been left in the baby hatch for unwanted newborns at Jikei Hospital, the third placed there since the hatch opened May 10.

-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[ペットフード]  

2007年6月13日 (水)

McDonald's to charge urbanites more

McDonald's to charge urbanites more

McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) will soon introduce a new pricing scheme that abandons its uniform pricing system and charges more in urban areas than rural ones.

-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[ティファニー 通販]

2007年6月11日 (月)

Computer glitch affects over 100 pension offices

Computer glitch affects over 100 pension offices

More than 100 social insurance offices across Japan unable to offer consultation services Sunday morning due to failure of computer system containing pension records.

-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[ルイ・ヴィトン]   

2007年6月 7日 (木)

Comsn nursing centers to lose licenses

Comsn nursing centers to lose licenses

About 1,600 Comsn Inc. nursing-care centers will not get their licenses renewed because some were obtained fraudulently, government officials say.

      -----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

2007年6月 6日 (水)

LDP pledges pension cure, amendment

The Liberal Democratic Party vows to fix the pension system fiasco and start efforts in 2010 to amend the war-renouncing Constitution as part of its platform for the July House of Councilors election.

      -----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[グッチ 通販]  

2007年6月 2日 (土)

Parties duel in Diet over pension bills

Parties duel in Diet over pension bills
By MASAMI ITO

The ruling and opposition parties collide head-on in the House of Representatives as the Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner New Komeito try to ram three pension bills through the chamber in an effort to hastily sweep the country's pension data snafu under the rug.

-----   The Japan Times Online  -----   http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

[エルメス 通販]

2007年6月 1日 (金)

Bush Calls for Global Goals for Emissions

Bush Calls for Global Goals for Emissions
By DAVID STOUT and BRIAN KNOWLTON
President Bush called today for the 15 countries that are major producers of greenhouse gases to confer this fall and adopt a common goal on curbing emissions.

------- http://www.nytimes.com/

[コーチ 通販]

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