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The press releases on our front page includes an announcement about the new availability of English translations of poll Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean polls.

The most fascinating is a trio of polls on Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean attitudes towards one another, towards the introduction of entertainment from the other countries, on the Yasukuni shrine, on North Korea, and many other issues. Note especially how those under twenty are much more friendly towards other cultures and how older folks are more nationalistic.
Yep. Many Japanese elderly still believe in the divinity of the Japanese islands and are still sensitive to the war. Many Korean elderly have lived through the Japanese occupation and their own brutal civil war, as have many Chinese eldery. But as you said, the young are beginning to see through the differences.
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“Buttocks-lifting men’s underwear enjoys immense popularity in Japan”


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A new line of men’s underwear that tightens the abdominal area and lifts buttocks has become amazingly popular in Japan . Even the pilot lots were sold in a few hours. class float-left Image class p "Nowadays men really keep an eye on fashion, they're starting to pay more attention to the contours of their body and the silhouette as a whole", - said the president of Triumph International Japan, which designed the new product.The company designed two models of corsets: one of them covers the part of the body from the navel to knees while the other lifts the buttocks. The second one is made specially for wearing with low-waist jeans. Men’s groin corsets have been selling so well that the company started thinking about designing something new. They are planning to make garments for summer clothes as well as thorax-tightening corsets.

The "corset" boom in Japan is caused by the fact that more and more Japanese males suffer from excessive weight between 20 and 40. According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, in 2005 the number of men, aged 20 to 60, suffering from excessive weight, has gone up by 29%. For comparison, in 2000 the number of overweight Japanese males was only 24%.

However, the company's president thinks that it is a new model of men's pants that makes men buy these lifting undies. The cut of the pants accentuates the curve of the hips:" Actually, the point is that men are becoming interested in fashion. After all, there aren't so many 20- and 30-year-old males in a totally bad shape.

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What a rather interesting article!

For whoever has been keeping up with Japanese political events, the largest political party is still the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), correct?
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November 22, 2006


Ryu Si-won to Appear on NHK Drama

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Actor Ryu Si-won, who is seeing growing popularity in Japan, will be the first Korean star to act in a drama on the island country’s public broadcaster NHK. The Japanese press said Wednesday that the Korean actor will appear in the daily morning drama “Getting Clearer” to be aired from April 2 next year.

Dealing with the struggle of an urban woman working at an old inn in the country to succeed as a businesswoman, the drama will feature Ryu for one week as a Korean star staying at the inn. He has already finished shooting his segment in Japan. This is the second time that he has appeared in a Japanese TV drama since September last year.

The Korean actor is also working as a singer in Japan and will appear on “Music Station,” the famous music program of Asahi TV, on Dec. 10.

The Chunichi Shimbun reported that Ryu, who made a successful debut in Japan with the single album “Sakura (Cherry Blossom),” is very likely to be invited to appear on NHK’s year-end all-star program, which Masahiro Nakai, the leader of the popular Japanese group SMAP, and leading actress Yukie Nakama have already been chosen to host.

Meanwhile, some Korean entertainers have appeared on Japanese dramas produced by private broadcasters such as Fuji TV and TBS, but not on NHK.
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'Winter Sonata' to Re-air Across Japan


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The hit Korean drama series "Winter Sonata" that gripped Japan with a Korean wave craze after it aired on NHK will be re-aired across the island nation.

The Japanese sports daily Nikkan Sports said Wednesday that private broadcasters in Kanto and Kansai are preparing to air the sentimental melodrama series again from next month.

In the Kanto region including Tokyo, TBS will air the 20 episode series Monday to Friday at 10 am from January 9th to February 5th. It will be aired by Asahi TV in Osaka and the greater Kansai area at 10:25 am on Saturdays from January 13th.
TBS says the debut drama of actor Bae Yong-jun has been aired several times on NHK but the demand is still high and viewers want to enjoy it on terrestrial TV.
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Mainichi Daily News
January 02, 2007


Birth rate rises for the first time in 6 years

The number of births is estimated to have reached 1.086 million in 2006, an increase of some 23,000 over the previous year, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry announced Monday.

This is the first time in six years that the number of births has increased over the previous year.

However, it remains to be seen if the number of births will continue to increase in 2007, since last year's increase is widely viewed as a reaction to 2005's decrease of nearly 50,000.

The ministry attributes the rise to an increase in the number of marriages from the year before, and a rise in the employment rate among males. "Men who found work got married, leading to an increase in the number of births," a ministry official said.

The ministry expects the birth rate to have increased in 2006. The total fertility rate -- the average number of children a woman gives birth in her whole life -- is estimated to have risen to 1.29 from 1.26, the record low hit in 2005.

However, ministry officials predict the rate will plummet to a new low of 1.25 in 2007.

The ministry estimates the number of deaths at 1.092 million in 2006, up 8,000 from the year earlier, reflecting the aging of the population. And despite the rise in births last year, Japan's total population is estimated to have decreased for the second consecutive year. (Mainichi)
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Mainichi Daily News
January 02, 2007


Japanese Emperor celebrates heir's birth in New Year's poem

Japanese Emperor Akihito celebrated the birth of his grandson -- the imperial family's first male heir in four decades -- in a New Year's poem issued to the public on Monday.

Prince Hisahito's birth in September to Kiko, the wife of the emperor's second son Akishino, was hailed by royalists for defusing a looming succession crisis for an imperial family that traces its roots back some 1,500 years.

But the boy's arrival has also quelled hopes by some reformists to change Japan's male-only imperial law to allow women to ascend the throne.

"Rejoicing with us / on the birth of our grandson... The voices of the people -- I am happy hearing them," read a poem written in the traditional "waka" style by the 73-year-old emperor, translated into English by the Imperial Household Agency.

Waka, which means "Japanese poem," is thought to originate in the 8th century. In classical times, writers often exchanged waka instead of letters.

A waka by Empress Michiko, 72, dealt with a conversation she had with a pregnant Kiko before the royal birth.

"Looking / as if carrying a baby / for the first time / she tells me of the fetal movement / while the moon shines in the window," Michiko's poem read.

Hisahito is the first male heir born since 1965 to the imperial family, which is highly respected by the public but largely shielded from view.

Akihito's eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, has a daughter with Crown Prince Masako, while Kiko and Akishino had two daughters before Hisahito.

In 2005, an expert panel charged with averting an imminent succession crisis recommended amending the country's male succession law to allow women on the throne -- a proposal backed enthusiastically by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
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Interesting how Princess Aiko is now going to be shunned almost completely from public view. Perhaps Crown Prince Naruhito should be replaced with his brother, it'll be easier if Prince Hisahito's father is the next emperor.
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Health minister Yanagisawa refers to women as 'birth-giving machines'
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MATSUE — Health minister Hakuo Yanagisawa compared women to "birth-giving machines" in a speech delivered Saturday explaining the declining birthrate, one of the major policy challenges for the government.

Addressing prefectural assembly members of the Liberal Democratic Party in Matsue city, the 71-year-old Yanagisawa touched on the nation's declining birthrate and said, "The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed. Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head."

In his 30-minute address, while making the allusions, Yanagisawa added such remarks as "I'm sorry to call them machines" and "I hope they'll forgive me for saying machines."

Later in the day in Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, Yanagisawa told a Kyodo News reporter, "Immediately after making the remark, I retracted it because it was too uncivil, and I continued talking, although I don't recall what specially I said to withdraw it."

On the intent of using the metaphor, the minister said, "I was making a speech on demography, and in order to make it easier to produce an image, I used the word child-producing machines."

His remark drew fire from some quarters. "I feel extremely provoked," said writer Izumi Momose. "Women give birth not to resolve the declining birthrate issue but most probably giving birth makes them happy."

Another female writer, Michiko Yoshinaga, said, "Measures to fight the falling birth rate are about thinking hard about why women are shunning having children. I feel sorry a person who has to take the lead in the effort was looking at women as 'birth-giving machines."'

"Now that we know how the health and labor minister views women and what kind of person he is, I will have a hard time believing that whatever measures he offers would be for taking the side of women," she said.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare revised downward its population estimate in December, projecting Japan's total population to fall to around 38 million from now to 89.93 million in 2055.

Yanagisawa said at that time, "There are many young people who want to have children. In order to meet such a wish, we would like to make utmost efforts." (Kyodo News)




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Yeah, I read that in the Yomiuri Newspaper (pro-LDP party) a few days ago. Its really disgusting to have such a corrupt minister... I think this is the first major "scandal" of Prime Minister Abe's government. I think the Social Democratic Party in particular was most offended, because their leader is (or was - I don't know if she still has that position) a woman - Takako Doi.
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