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PostSubject: Japan News   Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:35 am

As the title says. This topic shall be about news about Anime and Japan! Music stars, J-Pop, Killer Beating Angel, Hurricanes, Mt. Fuji erupting, all sorts of things relating to Japan!

If you find any exciting news, copy, reply, paste, post! It's simple!

If you find any useful Japanese News links, that'd be great as well. Or even anything else about Japan! Even random Japan! Movies! Anything at all.
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PostSubject: Japan Scientist Create an Fearless Mouse!!! OMG!!   Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:54 pm

TOKYO Cat and mouse may never be the same.

Japanese scientists say they've used genetic engineering to create mice that show no fear of felines, a development that may shed new light on mammal behavior and the nature of fear itself.

Scientists at Tokyo University say they were able to successfully switch off a mouse's instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience, as commonly believed.

"Mice are naturally terrified of cats, and usually panic or flee at the smell of one. But mice with certain nasal cells removed through genetic engineering didn't display any fear," said research team leader Ko Kobayakawa.

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Here Kitty, Kitty In his experiment, the genetically altered mice approached cats, even snuggled up to them and played with them. Kobayakawa said he chose domesticated cats that were docile and thus less likely to pounce.

Kobayakawa said his findings, published in the science magazine Nature last month, should help researchers shed further light on how the brain processes information about the outside world.

Kim Dae-soo, a neural genetics professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, who was not involved in the research, said Kobayakawa's research could explain further what fear is, and how to control it.

"People have thought mice are fearful of cats because cats prey on them, but that's not the case," Kim said.

"If we follow the pathway of related signals in the brain, I think we could discover what kind of networks in the brain are important for controlling fear."

TOKYO Cat and mouse may never be the same.

Japanese scientists say they've used genetic engineering to create mice that show no fear of felines, a development that may shed new light on mammal behavior and the nature of fear itself.

Scientists at Tokyo University say they were able to successfully switch off a mouse's instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience, as commonly believed.

"Mice are naturally terrified of cats, and usually panic or flee at the smell of one. But mice with certain nasal cells removed through genetic engineering didn't display any fear," said research team leader Ko Kobayakawa.

Kobayakawa said his findings, published in the science magazine Nature last month, should help researchers shed further light on how the brain processes information about the outside world.

Kim Dae-soo, a neural genetics professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, who was not involved in the research, said Kobayakawa's research could explain further what fear is, and how to control it.

"People have thought mice are fearful of cats because cats prey on them, but that's not the case," Kim said.

"If we follow the pathway of related signals in the brain, I think we could discover what kind of networks in the brain are important for controlling fear."
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PostSubject: New expressway opens in Tokyo   Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:01 am

The Yomiuri Shimbun



Vehicles drive along the Ikebukuro-Shinjuku stretch of the Metropolitan Expressway's Central Circular Route, which opened Saturday.A 6.7-kilometer stretch of the Metropolitan Expressway's Central Circular Shinjuku Route, connecting Ikebukuro and Shinjuku in Tokyo, opened at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The new expressway is expected to reduce traffic congestion and traveling times in Tokyo.

Most of the new expressway, which connects the Chuo, Tohoku and Joban expressways outside the Metropolitan Expressway's Inner Circular Route, is about 30 meters underground. Before the opening, vehicles traveling on the three expressways had to go all the way to the Inner Circular Route to change expressways.

According to Metropolitan Expressway Co., traveling between the Takaido Interchange of the Chuo Expressway in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, and the Misato Interchange of the Joban Expressway in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, takes about 90 minutes via the Inner Circular Route during peak-hour traffic on weekdays, but only about 55 minutes via the new route.

The average speed will increase from 26 kph to 43 kph over this distance, according to the firm.

As a result, traffic jams on the Metropolitan Expressway network are expected to be reduced by 20 percent.

Construction on the expressway between Ikebukuro and Shinjuku began in 1991. About 460 billion yen was spent on the project.

The Shinjuku-Shibuya part of the Central Circular Route is scheduled to open in fiscal 2009, and the Shibuya-Shinagawa part in fiscal 2013, the company said.

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PostSubject: Japan halts plan to kill humpback whales in Antarctic hunt   Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:02 am

By ERIC TALMADGE
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TOKYO (AP) -- Antarctica is safe for humpback whales. At least for now.

Giving in to worldwide criticism, Japan's government announced Friday a whaling fleet now in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt will not kill the rare species as they had originally planned. The fleet will, however, kill some 935 minke whales, a smaller, more plentiful species, and 50 fin whales.

Japan dispatched its whaling fleet last month to the southern Pacific off Antarctica in the first major hunt of humpback whales since the 1960s. Commercial hunts of humpbacks have been banned worldwide since 1966, and commercial whaling overall since 1986.

The fleet was to kill 50 humpbacks. But the plan generated immediate criticism from environmental groups, which had oppose the hunts to begin with but were outraged by the inclusion of humpbacks because they are so rare.

"Whaling issues tend to become emotional, but we hope that the discussion will be carried out calmly on the basis of scientific evidence," chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said in announcing the halt.

It was a stunning turnaround for Japan.

Tokyo has staunchly defended its annual kill of more than 1,000 whales as crucial for research purposes. Japan's whaling fleet is run by a government-backed research institute and operates under a clause in International Whaling Commission rules that allow the killing of whales for scientific purposes.

Japan said it would halt the humpback hunt pending further IWC discussion.

"But there will be no changes to our stance on our research whaling itself," Machimura said. "We have made the decision for the benefit of the IWC as a whole."

The IWC - which oversees whaling activities worldwide - is to hold its next annual meeting in June.

The international pressure on Japan was intense.

The U.S., which is currently the IWC chair nation, recently held several rounds of talks with Japan to seek a one- to two-year suspension of the humpback hunt.

"We applaud Japan's decision as an act of goodwill toward the International Whaling Commission," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.

But he added that Washington and Tokyo still have "opposite views on research whaling."

Australia, meanwhile, announced this week it was launching a new push to stop Japan's annual whale hunt, including sending surveillance planes and a ship to gather evidence for a possible international legal challenge.

"The Australian government welcomes the announcement by Japan that it will suspend its plan to kill humpback whales this season," Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement. "While this is a welcome move, the Australian government strongly believes that there is no credible justification for the hunting of any whales."

Environmental groups also reacted with a guarded welcome.

"This is good news indeed, but it must be the first step towards ending all whaling in the Southern Ocean, not just one species for one season," Karli Thomas, who is leading a Greenpeace expedition to follow the whalers, said in a statement from on board the ship Esperanza.

Friday's announcement appeared to reflect a rift inside the Japanese government as well, between fisheries officials who argue Japan has a right to carry out the hunts and diplomats who are more concerned with the international repercussions.

Just hours before the announcement, Fisheries Agency officials said the killing of humpbacks was justified and denied the hunt would be halted.

"We do not have any intention to change our harvesting plans," said Hideki Moronuki, head of the whaling division at Japan's Fisheries Agency.

Moronuki later said Japan had reversed course out of deference to the United States and "to avoid a situation where nations may boycott future negotiations."

Commercial hunts of humpbacks - which were nearly harpooned to extinction in the 20th century - were banned in the southern Pacific in 1963, and that ban was extended worldwide in 1966.

The American Cetacean Society estimates the humpback population has recovered to about 30,000-40,000 - about a third of the number before modern whaling. The species is listed as "vulnerable" by the World Conservation Union.

Japan's six-ship whaling fleet left the southern port of Shimonoseki on Nov. 18 and is to return in April.

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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:05 pm

Interesting news Kiba_Inuzuka
I really like the first and the third news. They are interesting!

Seriously people, if you have anime news or stories, post them here. Or you could post your lovely stories in the Fan-Faction section!
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:34 am

The most popular series anime is Yakitate Japan. Its hilarious.
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:55 am

yea tats right its nice.. haha
but i think the very most popular anime is NARUTO! hahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:32 am

Naruto is like so old don't you think?
Like the series is just not coming out anymore.
I think the series is over already. I think except for the comics.. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:35 am

noo! naruto anime series is still continue, its still come out. :]
but i hate waiting for the series.. well im not anime freak..
yup thats right.. i prefer the manga a loooot moree! ~
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Thu May 08, 2008 9:18 am

hey ! to all VAMPIRE KNIGHT freaks!! ,,

vampire knight eps 5 anime is out now!!!! Twisted Evil yeahh!! ahahaha,, so go and watch em nowww!!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:39 am

I dont know whether I like Vampire knight. The series is okay, but it's a bit too boring for me. hehe.
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:39 pm

oh ? really ? but i really like them when they bite necks.. its like , soo blooody and really kewl ! Very Happy huehehehe
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:36 am

Hahaha. Yea. Blood are awesome. LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Japan News   Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:22 am

Totally, dude. I enjoy 'em when they bite necks. Lol
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