Wed, 06/10/2010 - 10:33 by Rakhi
Tokyo -- Japanese entertainer Manabu Oshio, who faces trial for his alleged role in a woman's death, has been released from jail on $120,000 bail. court officials said.
The 32-year-old actor and singer was arrested for allegedly giving a bar hostess the synthetic drug ecstacy in August 2009 and failing to get her help when she fell ill. She eventually died.
The Kyodo News said Oshio, who has been in jail for about 10 months, was released this week after his lawyers posted bail.
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Tue, 05/10/2010 - 22:58 by harsheeb
Matsue -- A railway company in western Japan said it is offering spots on a train to be conducted by an African penguin.
The Ichibata Electric Railway Co., based in Izumo, said tickets will be available through Friday for a Saturday ride on a train featuring Haruka the penguin in the conductor's uniform, Kyodo News reported Tuesday.
The penguin, from Matsue Vogel Park, will lead the train on round-trip service along Lake Shinji in Matsue, the railway company said.
"I hope the special train will be packed with many passengers, enough to make our penguin conductor work hard," an Ichibata official said.
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Mon, 04/10/2010 - 21:26 by harsheeb
Tokyo -- No. 6-seeded Feliciano Lopez defeated Juan Martin del Potro in first-round play Monday at the Japan Open in Tokyo
Lopez rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win as del Potro won only two points on serve in the second set. Del Porto has played in two matches since starting his comeback from wrist surgery. Last week -- another first-round loss in straight sets -- was his first tournament play since the Australian Open in January.
Lopez won all the games in the second set but had to fight off eight break points to do so.
Dmitry Tursunov pulled an opening day upset, knocking off seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4 in 74 minutes. Tursunov didn't face a break point and lost only 14 points on serve in 10 games.
Sun, 03/10/2010 - 06:16 by harsheeb
Tokyo -- World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki came from behind Saturday in beating Elena Dementieva and taking the title of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Wozniacki lost nearly two-thirds of the points in the first set before pulling her game together for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Dementieva.
It was Wozniacki's 11th WTA title -- fifth this year -- and put her in position to move to the world No. 1 ranking if she advances as far as the quarterfinals of next week's tournament in Beijing.
Wed, 29/09/2010 - 21:05 by harsheeb
NewYork -- U.S. markets turned lower Wednesday, one day before the end of the best September in decades on Wall Street.
After a slide in August, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen 8.4 percent this month, which also closed out the third quarter after trading on Thursday.
With no major economic reports scheduled for release Wednesday, the DJIA dropped 37.73 points or 0.35 percent to 10,820.41 in midmorning trading.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 5.48 or 0.48 percent to 1,142.22. The Nasdaq composite index lost 9.03 or 0.38 percent to 2,370.56.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury note was unchanged, yielding 2.46 percent.
Wed, 29/09/2010 - 07:43 by harsheeb
Tokyo -- Japan's first navigation satellite will improve positioning coverage in mountainous terrain and urban centers, authorities say.
The country's space agency announced the Michibiki satellite entered its orbit Monday more than 20,000 miles above Asia, SPACE.com reported.
Michibiki, which means "guiding" or "showing the way" in Japanese, will undergo three months of technology tests before it enters service.
Michibiki blasted off Sept. 11 from the Tanegashima Space Center, reaching a temporary orbit 30 minutes after launch. Controllers fired the satellite's main engine five times over the next six days to reach its prescribed orbital altitude.
Tue, 28/09/2010 - 22:46 by harsheeb
Tokyo -- No. 1-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won in straight sets but fourth-seeded Samantha Stosur was an upset victim Tuesday at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.
Wozniacki defeated Greta Arn 6-1, 6-3, dropping serve just once. She had Arn on the defensive throughout the match, forcing 15 break-point situations and finishing off five of them.
Stosur was dumped by Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-3 after losing four service games.
In other upsets, No. 10-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova fell 6-3, 7-5 to Andrea Petkovic; Kaia Kanepi ousted 13th-seeded Shahar Peer 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); and U.S.
qualifier Coco Vandeweghe also advanced to the third round, knocking off 14th-seeded Aravane Rezai 6-4, 6-4, amassing three service breaks in each set.
Mon, 27/09/2010 - 21:55 by harsheeb
Tokyo -- Jelena Jankovic took a second-round victory but defending champion Maria Sharapova was ousted Monday at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Sharapova, seeded 12th, was beaten by Kimiko Date Krumm, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Date Krumm, who turns 40 Tuesday, advanced to the second round by cashing in five of six break-point opportunities.
Jankovic, the No. 3 seed, headed to the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alona Bondarenko on the strength of a receiving game in which she took 59 percent of the points off Bondarenko's serve.
No. 6-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska eased past Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-3 in the day's other second-round match.
Mon, 27/09/2010 - 00:54 by Shruti Sharma
Tokyo -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eased into the second round of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament with a straight-set victory Sunday in Tokyo.
The 16th-seeded Pavlyuchenkova got past Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 7-5 in the first career singles meeting between the doubles partners.
The only other seeded player on Sunday's schedule was 2009 Pan Pacific runner-up Li Na but she was forced to withdraw with an illness. Her replacement, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, fell to Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1.
Thu, 23/09/2010 - 22:28 by harsheeb
Tokyo-- A Tokyo bar with booths modeled after school classrooms said its sixth-grade theme has proven popular with customers.
A spokesman for the Private-Booth Bar: Sixth Grade, Fourth Class in the Shibuya Branch School said the establishment contains 13 booths referred to as "classrooms" and many customers attend in school uniform-like costumes, Kyodo News reported Thursday.
"A school is a place where everybody has once been. I guess they feel like going back there," the spokesman said.
The menu includes school lunch favorites including fried bread and a cocktail guests can mix from test tubes.
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Thu, 16/09/2010 - 10:52 by Rakhi
Tokyo -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is visiting East Asia as a trade mission "salesman-in-chief" and to look for infrastructure investment.
The Golden State's economy is the eighth-largest in the world but it faces a budget deficit of $19 billion and Schwarzenegger was in Japan Tuesday riding on a bullet train similar to the governor would like to build between Los Angeles and San Francisco with the offer of a $40 billion loan from Japan, the BBC reported Wednesday.
The Chinese Ministry of Railways and the Bay Area Council also signed a memorandum of understanding for investing in California's future rail network.
Sat, 11/09/2010 - 07:56 by harsheeb
Tokyo -- A study has found that human wisdom teeth contain a valuable reservoir of tissue that could be used to create stem cells, researchers say.
Research has found that inducing the activity of four genes in adult cells could "reprogram" them into a stem cell-like state; biologically, these induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells are virtually identical to embryonic stem cells, opening a potential avenue for stem cell therapy, an article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry said.
But making iPS cells isn't easy and requires a large amount of "starter" cells, which might involve difficult extraction from body tissue (unfortunately skin cells, the easiest to acquire, don't "re-program" well).