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Fun / foon Tokyo
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
A natural killer Ts and an Okinawan sea sponge walk into a Japanese brewery....

Tell me if you heard this one:
A natural killer (NK) cell and an Okinawan sea sponge walk into a Japanese brewery....


Marine Sponge Leads Researchers To Immune System Regulator
University Of Chicago Medical Center
Date: 2004-12-07

A Japanese brewery, an Okinawan sea sponge, and some clever detective work have enabled an international research team based at the University of Chicago to solve a biological mystery, and the solution suggests a novel way to boost the body's defenses against cancer.
Discovered less than 10 years ago, natural killer (NK) T cells are unusual because they target lipids, often bound to carbohydrates, rather than proteins....

Posted by trek/taro at 9:47 AM JST
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Monday, December 6, 2004
Japanese public broadcaster hires real ?Ghost? writers

NHK pays mysterious TV writers in kickback scam
Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, Dec. 6, 2004
Two people that a fraudulent former NHK producer had registered as TV program scenario writers may have got paid by the network for work they never carried out? [he] wrote scenarios of the program, either, and nobody who actually worked for the program knows him?.

NHK?s woes are neverending?and for good reason.
With the conversion to digital broadcasting NHK is now EXTORTING monthly fees for each household of 1,395 yen ($13) plus 2,340 for NHK
?BS? satelite without providing value for that money.
If NHK was a cable package maybe they could collect 500 yen (about $5.00 USD) per month for their 3.5 channels of programming.


Posted by trek/taro at 1:58 PM JST
Updated: Monday, December 6, 2004 2:34 PM JST
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Sunday, December 5, 2004
Japanese vinegar
?su.no.mo? vinegar drink in a soda can (Read the article)

drink! su.no.mo?


Japanese think that vinegar and fruit juice is a good canned soft
drink. Japanese also have big fad going on for the past couple years
that drinking ?black? vinegar will provide great weight loss benefits?.
riiiiight.

Click on these TV commercials in Japanese here to see all the fun.

su.no.mo drink



Posted by trek/taro at 9:39 PM JST
Updated: Sunday, December 5, 2004 9:40 PM JST
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North Korean TV promotes lesbian love duets
Rob Pongi says..... I now bring you a short video of North Korea's 'The Genius Teenagers' from a recent broadcast on Korean and Japanese TV:
:

Yikes! North Korean lesbian singers openly gay on state TV...Wow that's avant-guard!

Posted by trek/taro at 8:15 PM JST
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Thursday, December 2, 2004
Ai-chan the squeaker loses!
Sheer Class
ITTF News Dec 2

China won the Junior Girls Team title at the 2nd ITTF World Junior Table Tennis Championships in Kobe, Japan on Monday 1 December 2004 ...
In the final they beat the host nation, Japan, by three matches to nil.... Japan has a splendid team, Ai FUKUHARA, Nozomi HASAMA and Yuka ISHIGAKI are players of high calibre but in the Kobe World Memorial Hall they were given a lesson, a severe lesson.....

Posted by trek/taro at 2:27 PM JST
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Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Peuge-Toyo-troen Chimera-moblie
Photo/PSA Peugeot Citroen,
French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, the styling of three compact cars developed jointly with Japan's Toyota. From left are the Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo, and Citroen C1. The three cars share a common platform and will be built in Kolin, Czech Republic....

Posted by trek/taro at 9:32 PM JST
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Japanese senility robot

Japanese robot to chat lonely elderly out of senility
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's growing elderly population from will be able to buy companionship ...Snuggling Ifbot, who is dressed in an astronaut suit with a glowing face, has the conversation ability of a five-year-old, the language level needed to stimulate the brains of senior citizens....

Posted by trek/taro at 9:16 PM JST
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Japanese police state strengthens

police state

Crime leads Japan to toughen penal code for first time in century

TOKYO (AFP) - Alarmed by a rise in violent crime, Japan?s parliament
has increaded penalties for felonies in the first major revision of the
penal code in nearly a century. The upper House of Councillors approved
the bill which raises the maximum prison sentence other than life to 30
years from 20 years?.

Posted by trek/taro at 9:03 PM JST
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Look out Japanese anime. Here comes China!
China Hurries to Animate Its Film Industry
NY Times. com, by Howard W. French (Technology) 7PM 30 Nov
With "Thru the Moebius Strip," China is serving notice to the Disneys and Pixars of the world that its day is arriving in the lucrative business of 3-D computer animation. ...

Posted by trek/taro at 3:37 PM JST
Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 3:38 PM JST
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?Mira Gino? minicar designed for mini-crashes by miniskirted drivers
Mira Ginoalign="left">Daihatsu launches Mira Gino minivehicle
The Japan Times Online---
....The Toyota Motor Corp. subsidiary said the Mira Gino is targeted at female baby boomers as well as their daughters. The model, first introduced in March 1999, is now geared toward nostalgic and modern tastes with its curved exterior design, the firm said..
It is the first minivehicle to meet safety standards set by the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry aimed at minimizing injuries to pedestrians hit by vehicles...

Posted by trek/taro at 2:06 PM JST
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Great for Japan: Preserving an umbilical cord in acrylic resin to make a personal ?hanko? seal
Golden umbilical cords to keep birth memories
IoI, 01 Dec

....Parents can preserve their child's umbilical cord in acrylic resin to make a personal seal or even have it gold-plated. In this Confucian society where family values are highly prized, suppliers also offer services for parents to have traditional Korean calligraphy brushes made from their child's hair....
... Agamo, which makes calligraphy brushes from human hair and preserves umbilical cords in personal seals, hopes to branch out to Japan. "We got the idea from mothers just storing umbilical cords and navels in an album or what-not," said Agamo's Suk Tae-jino....

Posted by trek/taro at 12:34 PM JST
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Fugitive ex-president and fake Japanese citizen, Fujimori wins Peruvian poll
ex-president FujimoriPeru's ex-president Fujimori leads in poll
LIMA, Peru (AP)
--- He may be a fugitive with nearly two dozen criminal charges facing him, but former President Alberto Fujimori is still Peru's most popular politician, according to a survey released Tuesday.....Fujimori, who is fighting extradition from Japan, hopes to make a political comeback despite his fugitive status on nearly 20 criminal charges against him, ranging from embezzlement to authorizing death squads....

Posted by trek/taro at 10:00 AM JST
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KARATE, KID! The Musical
"KARATE, KID! The Musical is an outrageous and unconventional riff on the beloved ?80s film. Under the manicured guiding hand of a mystical
maintenance man, Daniel-San Larusso wages war against pill-popping, white trash deviants; well-styled, bloodthirsty karate students; rampaging hormones and many more ?unsavory things.?

Posted by trek/taro at 6:48 AM JST
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
"Sasara" snow train in Sapporo in Japan's northernmost prefecture
snow train
NHK WORLD DAILY NEWS---Snowplow train begins operating in Sapporo
In Sapporo in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidoa, snowplow streetcar equipped with bamboo brushes began work on Monday to clear the city tram's tracks.
The snowplow has 30-centimeter long bamboo brushes called "Sasara." They are mounted on both ends of the car and rotate 250 times a minute to remove the snow on the lines.....
--->See video

Posted by trek/taro at 10:30 PM JST
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"Ho, ho, ho!" Retarded Japanese "Kurisumasu" news
Retarded Japanese Kurisumasu news

NHK WORLD DAILY NEWS, Nov 30
A huge floating Christmas tree is attracting visitors to a historic warehouse area in the northern Japanese port city of Hakodate....After being decorated with 36,000 miniature bulbs at Hakodate port, the tree was loaded onto a transport vessel by crane on Monday. It was taken to a seaside tourist spot lined with red-brick warehouses....

Posted by trek/taro at 10:10 PM JST
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Condom sales shrivel in Japan
Condom sales shrivel as Japan logs onto cyber porn HindustanTimes.com / 30 Nov. 2004
....as a passion for the Internet leads the Japanese to choose unprotected sex, if any sex at all, the nation's largest condom manufacturer said ahead of World Aids Day on Wednesday.
Domestic shipments have shriveled 43 percent from the peak in 1980 of 737 million to just 419 million condoms in 2003 ....more....

Posted by trek/taro at 6:12 PM JST
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Japanese "Soapland" is good for the heart
Reuters Health- Regular saunas may improve blood flow to the heart and prevent heart disease, according to Japanese researchers.
The benefits of repeated sauna therapy are similar to those of exercise, lead author Dr. Chuwa Tei of Kagoshima University in Japan, told Reuters Health. But saunas have an advantage, he added, because they can be used to treat people who have trouble walking and they do not overload the heart.

Posted by trek/taro at 5:44 PM JST
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Japanese "brain cloud"
"brain cloud"

The Wichita Eagle / Tue, Nov. 30, 2004

D.J. Johnson was 34 when the numbness began, intermittently at first....Then, in May 2001, his fingers went numb and stayed numb... Johnson, now 38, got lucky.
The image showed that his right internal carotid artery was small and got progressively narrower, ending in what looked like a cloud or puff of smoke.
Richard Berger, chief of interventional neuroradiology at Wesley, had seen that puff of smoke before, as part of his fellowship at Mayo Clinic, and knew that it was an indication of moyamoya disease.
Moyamoya is a rare, progressive disorder that affects about 1 in 2 million people in the United States. It was first described in the 1960s in Japan, where it affects about 1 in 1 million people.
Moyamoya means puff of smoke or cloud of smoke and describes the appearance of the tiny, fragile blood vessels that the body forms in an effort to continue supplying blood to the brain....

Posted by trek/taro at 5:04 PM JST
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J is for Japan
class="quote">Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
PDF file

J is for Japan and U is for U.N. are the best pages.


Posted by trek/taro at 2:57 PM JST
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Sesame Street's Bob the music teacher: ex-expat of Japan

J is for Japan

Before he joined 'Sesame Street,' Bob McGrath -- who plays Bob the music teacher -- was a teen singing idol in Japan, where he had more than 30 hit singles and performed before sold-out crowds.
See Bob info and Bob's website

Posted by trek/taro at 1:21 PM JST
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