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Mobile phones making a monkey out of Japanese - MSN-Mainichi Daily News

Mobile phones making a monkey out of Japanese - MSN-Mainichi Daily News
Mobile phones making a monkey out of Japanese
Sapio (11/23)

Going bananas over mobile phones for so many years is turning Japanese into monkeys, according to Sapio (11/23).

Nobuo Masataka, a professor at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute and author of the monster best seller "Keitai wo Motta Saru (Monkeys With Mobile Phones)," argues that the proliferation of mobile phones has got young Japanese making monkeys of themselves, aping the behavior patterns of chimpanzees.

He says that young Japanese have lost the ability to discern between public and private space. He adds that they have formed what he calls the dearuki-zoku (out and about tribe).

"There's been a dramatic increase in the dearuki-zoku. They don't eat meals at home with family members and you can clearly see with your own eyes the large increase in young people who hang about on the streets together with the same old friends," Masataka tells Sapio. "They make places like Shibuya their territory and rarely head even to places like (nearby entertainment and shopping districts) Shinjuku or Harajuku. They get tired going to new places or meeting new people. If they get hungry while they're strolling around, they simply get food by going into a convenience store, buying something and sitting down outside on the curb to eat it. If not that, then they just hang around for hours in fast food joints."

The primate specialist says the actions of the dearuki-zoku closely resemble behavior patterns in chimpanzees, which tend to travel in groups, walking around for a long time without going to any specific place, then eating and disposing of their wastes in the same place before bedding down on piles of grass whenever and wherever the inclination takes them.

"This ability to loiter on the streets exists only because of the proliferation of mobile phones. Parents let their kids go out because they think they're only a phone call away. And even if the kid doesn't come home, parents don't call them because they believe the child's mobile phone offers them an unbreakable link," Masataka tells Sapio. "Behind this imagined ease of mind, though, lies a breakdown in communications among the family members. Mobile phones have made it possible to connect to family members or other parts of society 24 hours a day, drastically changing the nature of relationships that humans have created through their evolution."

The problem is, Masataka notes, despite having this communication device, there's little real communication going on with parents or children rarely calling each other.

Masataka adds that a tendency for the young to lash out in wild, unprovoked attacks also draws on primate instincts drawn out by over-use of mobile phones that have stopped people from speaking in favor of sending text messages and thus made them more emotional and unable to express their feelings in words.

"Apes will suddenly strike out at people for looking at them. Naturally, apes can't talk and they're expressing their emotions in the only way they can. People prone to rage are doing exactly the same thing," the primatologist says.

Masataka claims that mobile phones have deprived people of brainpower because memory functions now eliminate the need to try and remember phone numbers and GPS functions mean people have no need to learn about their surroundings.

"Mobile phones are now performing tasks that minds once did, such as think and talk. If this continues, people will continue losing their ability to think. Information Technology may have liberated us from a whole series of daily burdens, but IT has also dragged us down. Incidentally, the only people so caught up with mobile phones and use them to send so much mail are the Japanese," Masataka tells Sapio. "Some may criticize me for likening the behavior of humans with monkeys, but having studied primates for so long, I can clearly say that it's a fact the proliferation of IT has made human behavior closely resemble that of apes." (By Ryann Connell)

November 10, 2005

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An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: Back Brain Kick

An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: Back Brain Kick: "Back Brain Kick

They used Bu-Chan as the medium.

'Fuck your cold, ' he begins, putting the cat toy down for half a second. 'Be in Jimbocho around 4pm to make the pick-up. Use the book festival as cover. Order an 'M Fries' and pretend to sleep at the counter on the second floor of the McDonald’s on Yasukuni.'

That’s dear, sweet ESPY for you. Obscure and demanding. Jump through fruit loops for some pocket cash. But a trip to the Shitamachi means a chance to swing by Akihabara, yes, again, to buy a USB headset. I need to talk to Jay. I don’t talk to Jay nearly enough, and we must hasten the demise of NTT by making real phone calls as pass�as possible.

Time to kill between the here and now. Retracing my footsteps from the other night when Watanabe, Yamazaki, and I were out chasing maid. You see, the massage was only a third of it. We did maid kissa and maid pasta and curry house well before we ever dropped the socks.

Turkey trot down Chuo dori. Make the first left on Hongo dori. Peep the first alley on your right, directly across from LAOX Computer. You’ll see two vending machines full of these...

Behold! Instant oden in a can, man! Being test marketed. Still don’t have the gumption to try it myself, but how bad can it be? A salaryman was happily slurping liquid out of the container just as I looked up...and then gazed into the cold heart of banal evil.

(Sinister chord)

Behind these happy vending machines is the building where the AUM cult used to have their retail shop.

Watanabe remembers, “they used to stand right here, handing out fliers to people walking by.” But they’re long gone, and the place is perfectly harmless now, folks. So here's to good eating in the event horizon of human tragedy.

November 01, 2005"

Hollywood wins as Grokster agrees to end P2P service

Hollywood wins as Grokster agrees to end P2P service: "Hollywood wins as Grokster agrees to end P2P service

By Brooks Boliek
WASHINGTON -- Hollywood and Grokster ended their legal war Monday as the recording and movie industries and the P2P service agreed to settle a lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to a settlement agreement, lead plaintiff Grokster will shut down its infringing service.

While lawsuits against other P2P services like Kazaa continue, the injunction against the lead party is a significant move.

'This settlement brings to a close an incredibly important chapter in the history of digital music,' said RIAA chairman Mitch Bainwol. 'This is a chapter that ends on a high note for the recording industry, the tech community and music fans and consumers everywhere. At the end of the day, this is about our ability to invest in new music. An online marketplace populated by legitimate services allows us to do just that.'

The settlement includes a permanent injunction prohibiting infringement, directly or indirectly, of any of the plaintiffs' copyrighted works. This includes the immediate cessation of the distribution of the Grokster client application, and the cessation of operation of the Grokster system and software, according to a music industry release.

After the settlement was announced, the grokster.com Web site carried a warning that the Supreme Court 'unanimously confirmed that using this service to trade copyrighted material is illegal.' The site includes links to respectcopyrights.com and musicunited.org, entertainment-industry supported Web sites that support intellectual property rights.

The case put an indelible stamp on the rules that control the distribution of copyrighted works on the Internet. It was the biggest copyright case decided by the court since its 1984 decision that Sony Corp. could not be sued if consumers used VCRs to make illegal copies of movies.

Writing for the court, Justice David H. Souter said lower courts could find the file-sharing services responsible by examining factors such as how companies marketed the product or whether they took easily available steps to reduce infringing uses.

He dismissed Grokster's argument that legal uses of the service were important enough to override copyright concerns since very few people use the services for benign uses.

'While there is doubtless some demand for free Shakespeare, the evidence shows that substantive volume is a function of free access to copyrighted work,' he wrote. 'Users seeking Top 40 songs, for example, or the latest release by Modest Mouse, are certain to be far more numerous than those seeking a free Decameron, and Grokster and StreamCast translated that demand into dollars.'

According to copyright industry claims as much as 90% of songs and movies copied on the file-sharing networks are downloaded illegally.

The Supreme Court's ruling sent the case back to the district court for trial, but apparently Grokster didn't have the stomach for the fight as Monday's action ends the case."

An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: Ass Sashimi

An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: Ass Sashimi
Ass Sashimi

The café ESPY (Extra Sensory Perception Youth) in Shimokitazawa. Nice name. Ugly painted walls in yellow, just like all the other franchises here. Potted plant dying across from me. Girl with a bandage and cotton ball taped to her face, dabbing at her cheeks with foundation. They try to pass it off as a deli, and I come in craving pastrami, but all they have is pasta and what’s not pizza – but they call it pizza anyways - on the menu. But I bitch too much. Saving graces and sweet imports on the menu: pints of them and for not too much scratch. Also, we’re near a nondescript apartment block, the best kind. Sure to be a wireless signal here somewhere. Secret acts within four walls. Sure enough, it gets me online. Praying the Bass hasn’t gone skunk before the garlic toast arrives. And it’s not until the second one that I realize it hasn’t happened. Matt Gray should appreciate this. They’re playing Hocus Pocus by Focus on the house stereo.

Two days ago, in a cushy Shibuya noodle shop leeching bandwidth, maybe yours. Light samba with ba-ba-ba vocals swirling around. Who says the kei is passé? Skinny ass Japanese answer to the Olsen twins planted next to me. Flashing Nano and the fake diamonds. Honda-san says over asa gohan: “If she says she wants a Vitton handbag, smack the bitch up.” Next, he explains the particle “de” to me by smashing a cup over my head.

Da Buya: tinkering the opening pages of the Goka Jyu-Pun Senso, a prologue by a happy-sad narrator set in the Meishotai jidai, after they turned Youna into a statue and the Government of Darkness is dealt with. The message comes in from Batty. There’s a Mighty Moguls concert tonight in Shimokitazawa, sharing stage with two other bands - The Neatbeats and The Privates - rounding out the bill.

By the time we get inside, the Mighty are seriously pounding it out. Three chord stupidity: the devil’s music with a wild caveman stomp. A lot of Japanese garage bands do it well enough technically, but tend to play up the vocals. Others merely skip around the edges of real peanut butter R&R. Soul wa ja nai. Not so with Moguls, who jump in wearing tiger print togas screaming, twisting the night away. Duck walk. Ass shaking. Inspirational as always. A trio of dull white guys stand in back, too lame to rock with the rock. Is there a frat nearby? The Animal House would be ashamed.

By two am, the bands are all played out. Time to mix it up. Goodbye Batty and Cherry-san. I’m going to the Prince All Night Dance Party at Loft Plus One. Every one looks at me like I’m nuts. Facial expressions reading, “Prince? You mean that skinny motherfucker with the high voice?”

You’d think people as into black music as they are would get it, but sadly, no. I mean, it should be a fairly short walk from Little Richard to Lovesexy, but turns out the cab from Shimokitazawa to Kabuki-cho is about 2500 yen.

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asahi.com:Weekend Beat/ `It's not really sex': Nothing stops teens from selling their saliva�-�ENGLISH

asahi.com:Weekend Beat/ `It's not really sex': Nothing stops teens from selling their saliva�-�ENGLISH
10/08/2005
By AKIHITO USUI

AERA

One thing about Shibuya never changes. On any day of the week, you'll see throngs of young people hanging around looking flamboyant in anything from denim miniskirts to traditional yukata, their dyed hair and loud colors seeming an extension of the ubiquitous big-screen advertising that flashes and blares perpetually here in Tokyo's premier youth haunt.

Miyu and a friend are sitting on a stairwell at Fashion Plaza 109, the famous tower full of boutiques. Miyu extends her hand. "Got any money?"

She is wearing an orange camisole and work pants. Her braided hair is dyed blonde. She said at first she was a college student, but as we talk, it emerges that she is 16, a first-year student at a Tokyo private senior high school.

However much money she has, it's never enough. On her fingers she ticks off her list of necessities: "Food, makeup, clubs, games, meals." The 10,000 yen a month she gets from her parents doesn't cover her expenses.

So three months ago, she started what she calls a part-time job: enjo kosai, enko for short--sex or quasi-sex with generally middle-aged men in return for cash handouts.

"Enko is everywhere," she says. "You just stand there in your school uniform and men'll come up to you, asking for enko."

If she accompanies a man to a restaurant or a karaoke box, she gets 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen an hour. If the man wants to take pictures, she'll spend 10 minutes posing in a parking lot for 3,000 yen.

She has a friend, she says, who works at an unsavory establishment where men pay to feel girls through their clothes. Four hours' work nets her 20,000 yen. The girls consider it easy money--and since it's not really sex, they say, it's not prostitution either.

Yuka (not her real name) is 17, a second-year senior high school student. She carries a flashy bag and, during the summer vacation at least, lives more or less homeless. She sleeps at friends' houses.

Yuka has a part-time job which she describes as "selling." Selling what? Underwear and socks, which she removes in front of the customer. Her junior high school uniform. Her saliva.

Saliva?

"At first, I thought, `No way!'" she admits. "But they pay real money for it."

Her parents don't seem to care that she's hardly ever home, but on one point their discipline is firm. Her allowance is 5,000 yen a month and not a penny more. What kind of fun can you have on 5,000 yen a month?

That aside, she and her mother have little to say to each other. Her mother, she says, is too busy playing the piano to take much of an interest in what her daughter is up to.

Yuka says it would be scary to cross the line into actual prostitution. But when she encounters a man on the Internet who proposes meeting at a karaoke box or in a department store stairwell so he can buy her panties, she sees no reason to refuse.

"It's money," she says simply. "It's not dangerous for me, and it gives him pleasure. But if someone offers me 50,000 yen to 60,000 yen for underwear and karaoke, I say no. That's dangerous. You see how careful I am."

Last March, on an Internet chat site, a man said to her, "All I want is five minutes of your time-I want to buy your saliva."

They arranged to meet at the Yamanote Line platform of Ikebukuro Station. He would be wearing a black business suit, he said.

They recognized each other without difficulty, and everything went as planned. The man produced a glass bottle; Yuka spit into it several times; the man handed her 5,000 yen and vanished into the crowd.

The transaction, incidentally, is illegal. An amendment last year to Tokyo's ordinance on the healthy development of youth bans traffic in such personal items as underwear, saliva and urine when the seller is a girl under 18.

Some seedy shops in Shibuya selling saliva and underwear offer an added attraction: The girls will spit, or remove their panties, in full view of the customer.

A price list on the counter of one reads: "B--8,000 yen. S--11,000 yen. D--12,000 yen."

The shop is one of many commercial establishments crammed into one building. B means bloomers. S stands for a Japanese word for urine. D, also from the Japanese, means saliva.

The man at the counter gives me a thorough pat-down at the entrance. He checks my pockets and shoes. "Some guys take pictures with concealed cameras," he explains.

I clear the inspection and am led to a one-way mirror, behind which I see six girls in a room, watching TV. They are talking loudly and laughing.

I indicate my choice--a relatively quiet girl with black hair. She is dressed in a school uniform consisting of a pink blouse with a ribbon tie and a plaid skirt.

I am led into a small room, about the size of one tatami mat. A moment later a door opens and the girl appears. She says hello and sits down.

In her hands she holds a bottle about 5 centimeters tall. Into this she spits and spits repeatedly, her cheeks swelling and deflating, swelling and deflating. It takes her 10 minutes to fill the bottle. Throughout, she is the very model of detached aloofness, her gaze distant, her expression blank.

"Thank you," she says, politely but indifferently, as she gets up to leave.

"Is she a high school student?" I ask the manager.

"No comment. In view of the law, you see," he replies.

Business is brisk, here and at similar establishments. The Internet is the place to find them. Customers range in age from their 20s to their 50s. Their occupation can be anything--banker, teacher, what have you. One man, an interior decorator, came all the way from Kobe, the manager tells me.

"We all have our secret pleasures," he says. "People will pay any price for them. Thanks to the Internet, we get them coming in from all over the country."

For girls looking for even bigger profits, there are ways to earn them. One particularly profitable enterprise goes by the mangled English name "delivery health." "Health" is a euphemism for sex, and "delivery" means the girl goes to your place. The trade is reportedly rife with underage girls--high school students, junior high school students, runaways--working illegally.

In a one-room apartment off Center-gai, Shibuya's main drag, a man of 40 introduces himself as the general manager. His business is delivery health.

"The girls ask me: `How much can I make a day? Thirty thousand? Forty?'" Many of them are in senior high school. The manager turns them away, he says--even though, he adds, "Most of the customers say they prefer somebody young."

Enjo kosai prices have fallen lately. Even so, enko can be worth 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen for a girl willing to go all the way. In the delivery health trade, that fee is expected.

Writer Misato Nakayama, 28, spent a year as a high school student engaged in enko. She wrote a book about her experiences called "16-sai datta" (I was 16).

Why did she do it? "It gratified me to think that someone was willing to pay good money for me," she explains. "The reward was tangible. There it was--money in your hand."

The scene has changed since her day, she says.

"I have the impression that girls today think nothing of selling their bodies, their underwear, whatever. The erotic entertainment industry is growing and growing--that too is an influence. `Everyone else is doing it,' they say, `so I may as well do it, too.'"

Tsuneo Akaeda is a gynecologist who offers free health consultations at a table at the back of a hamburger restaurant in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district and also runs a clinic nearby. He is the author of a book whose title says a good deal: "Sekkusu ga Chikyu o Horobosu" (Sex is ruining the Earth).

"These kids have no idea that sex can be dangerous," he says. "What are they--schoolgirls? Prostitutes? The boundaries are disappearing."

The past seven or eight years have seen a particularly rapid descent into unrestrained sexual behavior, Akaeda says. Abortion is on the rise; chlamydia and gonorrhea are spreading.

"These girls have just had abortions, and there they are, cell phones in hand, chattering and giggling. It's astonishing.

"They are so ignorant of the possible risks," he says.

On a Saturday evening in late July, I met an 18-year-old on Center-gai. She had this to say about enjo kosai:

"If men didn't approach me, I'd quit. But they do approach me. And so I do it."(IHT/Asahi: October 8,2005)

Anime News Network - 1.72 Million Otaku in Japan

Anime News Network - 1.72 Million Otaku in Japan: "Survey Finds Japanese Otaku Market to be Worth �411 Billion a YearThe Nomura Research Institute has published a survey of the Japanese otaku market. According to the survey, there are 1.72 million otaku in Japan and the market for otaku related products and services is worth �400 billion (US$3.6 billion) a year.

The otaku are not limited to anime and manga otaku, but include those obsessed with electronics, computer games, idols and so on. In all, the study breaks otaku down into 12 different groups, based on their obsessions.

Manga otaku were identified as the largest group, numbering 350,000 and spending �83 billion a year on manga and related products.

The second largest group, dedicated to idols and other celebrities, numbers 280,000 and spends �61 billion a year.

Travel lovers were fewer but spent more, numbering 250,000 and spending �81 billion. Next were computer otaku, numbering 190,000 and spending �36 billion, followed by video game otaku who number 160,000 and drive a �21 billion market.

The remaining groups were:

Cars: 140,000 otaku, �54 billion market
Animation: 110,000 otaku, �20 billion market
Portable IT Equipment: 70,000 otaku, �8 billion market
AV Equipment: 60,000 otaku, �12 billion market
Cameras: 50,000 otaku, �18 billion market
Fashion: 40,000 otaku, �13 billion market
Railroad: 20,000 otaku, �4 billion market

The study also identified a number of different behavioural categories of otaku. The largest group, accounting for some 25% of all otaku, were 'closet otaku,' people who have little time or money for their obsession and often keep it a secret. Many of the closet otaku are married and have children, so their family lives leave them with very little time to devote to their hobbies.

Other categories included 'Internet otaku', those who devote time online to their hobbies and 'proselytising otaku,' those that try to get other people into their hobby.

While otaku are generally looked down upon in Japan (the word itself is somewhat derogatory) the report suggests that companies market directly to the various otaku markets, 'The otaku who lavish as much money as possible in the areas they are particular about are a group that should not be ignored in making corporate marketing strategies.'

The Study was conducted over the Internet using a sample of 10,000 Japanese citizens."

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Protein� Feed - Man Arrested for Virtual Mugging

Protein� Feed - Man Arrested for Virtual Mugging
A man has been arrested in Japan on suspicion carrying out a virtual mugging spree by using software "bots" to beat up and rob characters in the online computer game Lineage II. The stolen virtual possessions were then exchanged for real cash.

The Chinese exchange student was arrested by police in Kagawa prefecture, southern Japan, the Mainichi Daily News reports. Several players had their characters beaten and robbed of valuable virtual objects, which could have included the Earring of Wisdom or the Shield of Nightmare. The items were then fenced through a Japanese auction website, according to NCsoft, which makes Lineage II. The assailant was a character controlled by a software bot, rather than a human player, making it unbeatable.

Ren Reynolds, a UK-based computer games consultant and an editor of the gaming research site Terra Nova, says the case highlights the problem of bots in virtual worlds. By performing tasks within a game repetitively or very quickly, bots can easily outplay human-controlled characters, giving unscrupulous players an unfair advantage. Many games firms employ countermeasures to detect this bot activity. For example, they can ask the character questions or present them with an unfamiliar situation and monitor their response.

"There's an ongoing war between people who make bots and games companies," he told New Scientist. "And making real money out of virtual worlds is getting bigger." Furthermore, the line between virtual and real cash has already disappeared. The game EverQuest, for example, lets players buy and sell virtual items and characters for real money through an authorised online trading site.

Reynolds says the growing number of online game players will only increase the incentive for scammers. "There's nothing exceptional about the virtual world," he says. "Wherever there is that sort of money, there's always crime too." Bruce Schneier, a renowned computer security expert, adds that the distinction between virtual and real crime is rapidly disappearing. He points to recent reports of crooks trying to hack into games or steal players account information to make cash.

"I regularly say that every form of theft and fraud in the real world will eventually be duplicated in cyberspace," Schneier wrote on his weblog. "Perhaps every method of stealing real money will eventually be used to steal imaginary money, too." There are also reports that some online scammers are using “sweatshops” in countries such as China and Indonesia in which people monitor teams of bots in order to generate money whilst avoiding bot traps.

[New Scientist]

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ADV Films to Unveil Secret Anime Project at Otakon
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Disgaea Anime Emerges Beneath Moon, Official Website Opens
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Anime/PSP: Appleseed (UMD
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... Appleseed is cyberpunk without the punk. Standard anime, right? Pretty much. Appleseed's hook isn't the basic tale it weaves, but the stellar animation. ...

The Ten Spot 2/2
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Announcing the third annual Kumoricon September 3-5 2005
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Anime dealing with war themes hit the big screen
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TOKYO -- Many anime films dealing with the subject of World War II have opened across the country this year as Japan marks the 60th anniversary of the end of ...

Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkachi
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The title must have destructible environments, a style that accurately replicates the anime and hopefully every one of the many characters that appear in the ...

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... Unlike many other anime dubs out on the market, the English dialogue sticks very close to the English translation, and the voice actors deliver their lines ...


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Nostalgia wave sees '60s 'anime' hits going DVD
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According to industry sources, animation producers, struggling to make brand-new big-hit "anime," frequently reuse materials aired in their childhood. ...

Amy Howard-Wilson at Bakuretsu Con
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... story. Amy will be attending this year's convention with her husband Dave who will be doing a great "old time" anime panel. Dave ...

Queen Emeraldas
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Yet another Leiji Matsumoto epic-turned-anime, this one is filled with the typical three-foot-tall munch people, odd mangy animals, and heroic people with ...

'Naruto' Toonami Debut Scheduled
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Easily one of the most popular Japanese animated television series' in recent years, the anime TV series Naruto is an action and adventure program that has ...


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AfterEllen.com Profiles "Yuri" Anime & Manga
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Vol. 7 - Goodbye Tamahome
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... All of the characters are brought to life in a manner similar to that of other well-told shoujo anime, such as Please Save My Earth. ...

Minuteman celebrates 20 years of creativity
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... Donovan said anime - Japanese-style cartoons - has become very popular at the school, with an Anime Club being established this year. ...

"Naruto" to Premiere on Toonami September 10
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Anime Review: Azumanga Daioh
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Anime Boston announces 2007 dates
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Otogi Zoshi
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... but it also has the first installment of a lecture on the Heian Era by a Tokyo University history professor, who points out which aspects of the anime are and ...

SEGA unveil details on a DS version of Bleach.
Pro-G - USA
Bleach is one of Japan's most popular anime and comic series, and after an outing on the GBA and the PSP it is making its way onto the DS. ...

Lycos Announces This Week's Most Popular Web Search Terms
Yahoo News (press release) - USA
Anime terms take over four of the top 10 spots on this week's Lycos 50, including Neopets (#3), the popular virtual pet site, which reached its highest rank ...


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Press Release for Anime Evolution
Anime News Network - Canada
Burnaby, BC -- Anime Evolution (AE 2005) is primed to be Vancouver's premiere Asian entertainment event where industry and audiences are able to interact ...

DS Bleached by Treasure
IGN - Brisbane,CA,USA
August 8, 2005 - Sega has at long last unveiled details on its DS adaptation of Bleach, one of Japan's hottest anime and comic properties. ...

Grave of the Fireflies (new dub)
Anime News Network - Canada
Years ago, when I was just getting onto the anime scene, it was a running joke that Central Park Media would eventually dub Grave of the Fireflies. ...

An Introduction to Yuri Manga and Anime
AfterEllen.com - USA
... whether sexual or romantic, explicit or implied--yuri (also called "shoujoai") is found in both manga (Japanese comic books) and anime (animated Japanese ...


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The Anime Encyclopedia
Anime News Network - Canada
While anime in its modern form has only been around for approximately the last 40 years, animation in Japan extends back over twice as long, as this work proves ...

Your "Anime Companion" Returns
Animation Insider - Dix Hills,NY,USA
... essay collections, art books, and much more have been published by this company; and just recently, has announced the release of The Anime Companion 2, a ...

DVD Reviews : Anime´ - From The Rich Melancholy of ‘The Place ...
Eclipse Magazine - USA
Makoto Sinai's ‘The Place Promised in Our Dreams' is a work on the level of Hideo Miyazaki; ‘Shingu Vol. 3: Deadly Limitations ...

Exhibits make a case for anime art's place
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA
By Diane Heilenman. You may think it's cartoony junk, and, indeed, there is some difference of opinion in the art world on the worth of anime art. ...

Midori Days
Anime News Network - Canada
Cute doll-sized girls in love with full-sized male characters aren't unknown in anime; one only needs look at Hand Maid May or Maze: The Mega-Burst Space ...


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Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
Anime News Network - Canada
... Only one major cultural difference exists, but it'sa big one which will be immediately apparent to any anime fan or native Japanese viewer: kids of the ...

Urusei Yatsura OVA Set
Anime News Network - Canada
With 195 TV episodes, six movies, and two specials under its belt, Urusei Yatsura ranked as one of the most popular and successful anime franchises of the 1980s ...

Princess Nine
Anime News Network - Canada
In a Japan where women still only hold a small, tenuous foothold in society, Director Mochizuki created a very strong positive anime about women. ...

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Anime News Network - Canada
... The mecha designs are among the most distinctive ever produced for an anime series, with sleek, lithe appearances that look monstrous, fearsome, and nimble ...


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08/05/2005: "Press release: Anime Companion 2"
Animated News - USA
From Stone Bridge Press and author Gilles Poitras comes The Anime Companion 2, which contains hundreds of glossary-style entries to help one learn of anime's ...

Stonebridge Annouces Anime Companion Volume 2
I-Newswire.com (press release) - USA
Stone Bridge Press, publisher of books about Japan, rolls out the next volume to the well-loved 'Anime Companion!'. (I-Newswire) - The ...

Action-packed anime at its stylized best
INQ7 Interactive, Inc. - Philippines
... and stylization is one of the major qualities of Initial D: Fourth Stage, the newest series that ANIMAX shall bring soon to the tubes of anime lovers around ...

Translated from the Italian by: Adeline D'Opera
Anime News Network - Canada
"Anime, A guide to Japanese Animation" was first published in Italian in 1991 and translated into English just this year by Protoculture Addicts. ...


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Museum's new exhibit is simply 'Anime-zing'
Pioneer Press Online - Glenview,IL,USA
"Anime-zing: The World of Japanese Animation," will open Aug. ... The exciting new exhibit explores the world of Japanese animation, known as anime. ...

Viz Media Announces Zatch Bell Manga and Anime Release
Anime News Network - Canada
... innovative and comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, announced today the forthcoming releases of the manga and anime series for ...

Tenamonya Voyagers
Anime News Network - Canada
... The dubbing is in fact quite good when compared to the average North American animation, however it falls far short of what Anime fans have come to expect ...


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From Tokyo to Tel Aviv, anime magic enchants fans
Ha'aretz (registration) - Tel Aviv,Israel
... Her English came from speed-reading the subtitles on the anime cartoons she devours. Anime, for those not in the know, is Japanese animation. ...

Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir
IGN - Brisbane,CA,USA
... Nothing like the world we're use to seeing in the anime. ... And as with most Anime games that manage to get the original voice actors, the voices are great. ...

Elastic Rights Brokers Portuguese Deal for Anime Titles
World Screen News - New York,NY,USA
MADRID, August 3: Elastic Brands has licensed the Japanese animated titles MegaMan NT Warrior and Mirmo!, which it represents for VIZ Media in the Iberian ...

Chris Sabat To Be Guest Host On The SciFi Zone Radio Show
I-Newswire.com (press release) - USA
Orlando, FL -- Voice Actor Chris Sabat, one of the guests of honor at Anime Festival Orlando 6, has stepped up to the plate to be a special guest host on the ...


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Anime-zing Museum Exhibit in Illinois
Anime News Network - Canada
WAUCONDA, IL - "Anime-zing: The World of Japanese Animation," will open Saturday, August 13, 2005, at the Lake County Discovery Museum at Lakewood Forest ...

Shaman King sequel ships to stores
GameSpot - USA
Master of Spirits 2 is based on the children's anime Shaman King, and follows Yoh Asakura, a junior high school student who can communicate with spirits of the ...

Evangelion on Adult Swim
Active Anime (press release) - USA
... religious symbolism, psychological storytelling and teenage angst, Neon Genesis Evangelion has been referred to by many as one of the greatest anime shows ever ...


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Anime Expo 2005 Sets New Attendance Record
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Anime Expo 2005 was held July 1-4 in Anaheim, California. North America's largest anime and manga convention drew approximately ...

The 'TIME' Top Five Anime Films
Animation Insider - Dix Hills,NY,USA
... Richard Corliss, the article goes as far back as the early 1980s and as recent as just last year, in order to give readers what the Top 5 Anime Movies on DVD ...

Games This Week
1UP.com - New York,NY,USA
... The game is based (of course) on an anime series about a young man with supernatural powers who enters a great tournament that happens once every 500 years. ...


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5 Top Anime Movies on DVD
TIME - USA
But in its feature-film form, anime (Japanese animation) boasts a graphic artistry as potent as Disney's or Pixar's--or Goya's or Bosch's. ...

Advanced Media Network : : : Anime Advanced | DS Advanced ...
RPGamer.com - USA
[07/31/2005] As you might expect from this week's title and my review, I've been spending a lot of time playing Makai Kingdom this week. ...

Anime is introduced to Navajo youth
Gallup Independent - Gallup,NM,USA
FARMINGTON -- It may have been a career option that isn't discussed in high school but anime is coming to the Four Corners and to the youth of the Navajo ...


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'ArabNews' Covers Anime: "A Growing Sensation"
Animation Insider - Dix Hills,NY,USA
... an informative piece by contributor Razan Baker about how Japanese animation is not just a hot topic in North America, but how "anime" (Japanese animation) and ...


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Asian myth melds with anime and violence to create endless war
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
... "We're selling the violence, the elements of modern media, that this is going to be like your favorite anime character," said Emery, 26. ...


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Japanese anime comes to Grimes
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA
... as Grimes is now home to The Right Stuf International, a multi-million dollar company that is a publisher and a distributor of the art form known as anime. ...


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ANIME EXPO 2005 : Welcome!
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Advanced Media Network : : : Anime Advanced | DS Advanced ...
RPGamer.com - USA
There is under a month left to enter the contest. Are you going to just let it pass you by? This week, we've got a whole Earthbound theme going. ...

Universum draws plan for anime
Variety (subscription) - USA
BERLIN -- RTL Group's Munich-based distrib Universum has set up an anime division to handle its growing home entertainment catalog of animated product ...

Xbox Summit 2005: Bandai Announces Lineup
IGN - Brisbane,CA,USA
... year. The second title is a mixed media project made in a similar fashion to .hack meaning the there will be an anime and a game. ...


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Anime Network Continues to Build
Animation Insider - Dix Hills,NY,USA
The Anime Network, the first and only cable television channel dedicated entirely to Japanese animation, has recently announced that it has inked a grand total ...

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RPGamer.com - USA
[07/24/2005] The theme of the week is once again severe internet problems. Luckily, my connection came back a few days ago, but ...

Samurai Champloo - Volume 3
MediaGab - USA
This is an excellent series that I think all anime fans will enjoy, in addition I think this is a particularily good series for someone who has only recently ...


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The Newest Stars of Japanese Anime, Made in America
New York Times - United States
WHEN American anime fans caught up with the teenage martial arts series "Tenjho Tenge" on DVD last month, they saw an athletic black teenager break-dance ...

‘Howl's' is an anime treat for audiences
Quad City Times - Davenport,IA,USA
Strange and beautiful, "Howl's Moving Castle" is the latest anime offering from Hayao Miyazaki, whose movies "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" have ...

AX: It was never for kids (Part 2)
Asia Pacific Media Network - Los Angeles,CA,USA
The surging popularity of anime in America is attracting more and more avid fans every year as evidenced by the growing crowds at Anime Expo. ...


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Steamboy - Director's Cut (DVD Gift Set)
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Is this special-edition DVD full of hot air or will it lift your spirits? July 22, 2005 - I hate anime. Well, most of it anyway. ...


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ADV ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 6 RELEASES
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HOUSTON, July 20, 2005--ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce a new installment in the critically ...


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"Stellvia Foundation IV": The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi Anime Still ...
Toon Zone - Yonkers,NY,USA
By Karl Olson. The previous volume of Stellvia of the Universe concluded with our heroine, Shima Katase (known by her fellow spaceship ...

Mailbag: July 20, 2005
Planet Gamecube - Minneapolis,MN,USA
... games in Japan to little fanfare, but over the course of two years, they were able to turn it into a multimedia phenomenon thanks to the anime series, trading ...

Advanced Media Network : : : Anime Advanced | DS Advanced ...
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Well, I don't know what's up with today's title. I had some kind of circle theme in mind, but the puns and jokes just aren't coming to me. ...


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ANIME NETWORK INKS FIVE SVOD DEALS
Active Anime (press release) - USA
HOUSTON, July 19, 2005 -- Anime Network, the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime, is pleased to announce five new carriage deals for its ...

"Bratz" Coming to 4Kids This Fall
Toon Zone - Yonkers,NY,USA
... Bratz will also join anime import Magical Doremi and new series GI Joe Sigma 6. Returning to 4Kids TV will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, One Piece, and ...

Mailbag: July 19, 2005
Planet Gamecube - Minneapolis,MN,USA
... Few anime-licensed games get released outside of Japan, and I can't think of a single multi-licensed anime game that has escaped those Eastern shores. ...

American Anime Localization Company Tries Torrents
Slashdot - USA
zalas writes "AnimeOnDVD reports that David Williams of ADV Films is testing out using BitTorrent as a distribution method. Currently ...


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'The Boondocks' Adult Swim Debut Scheduled
Animation Insider - Dix Hills,NY,USA
... Adult Swim's programming includes animated comedy and anime programming, including favorites like Family Guy and Futurama; original comedy hits Aqua Teen ...


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News: Download Pokémon Anime onto GBA
GameCube Europe - Netherlands
Nintendo are offering gamers a chance to download episodes of the Pokémon anime onto a blank GBA cart and watch it on their GBA or DS. ...


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Comic-Con video: Coming in costume
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA
They want to be part of it. Hundreds come dressed as anything from Japanese anime characters to bikini-clad Princess Leias. "Comic ...


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KOTAKU JAPAN: Anime RPG Coming to PSP
Kotaku.com - New York,NY,USA
Anime. Role-playing games. ... These role-playing anime games were created in part with Production IG of "Ghost in the Shell" and "Kill Bill" fame. ...

And you thought no one else knew about Fullmetal Alchemist
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA
Take Fullmetal Alchemist, the hit Japanese comic manga that turned into a 51-episode anime series which hit American television only a few months ago on ...


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An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla: "Honda reveals the Otaku Super Archetypal Meta-Narrative in Three E-Z pieces. Sounds academic and boring, but it’s not. Everyone is laughing, cracking jokes, and having a drink.

He begins with a 20 min reel of highlights from Taxi Driver.

Travis, God’s Lonely Man, is a textbook otaku. He’s terrible with women. After all, he takes Cybill Shepherd to a porno movie (but who among us hasn’t felt that urge from time to time?). She recoils in disgust, but her rejection only serves to turn Travis into a gun nut, collecting all the weapons he can like Virtual On gashapon toys. He becomes a masturbatory adolescent, devoting the solitary hours to regimes of push-ups, and tests of his own strength.

The next stop is a no-brainer: the infatuation with Jodie Foster is Loli-Con, pure and simple.

From here, Travis plays his own personal simulation game. The “you talkin’ to me” patter with the mirror is every bit as menacing as a post-Columbine game of Doom.

By the time Travis storms the fleabag hotel where the forces of evil are keeping innocent little Iris hostage, he has become kaizo ningen: a cyborg who can transform his hands into guns with a flip of wrist."

Why Japan's UN SC Seat Bid Failed - f * c k e d g a i j i n

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Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:53 pm (GMT 9)
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20050714a2.htm

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U.S. urges U.N. states to snub 'G-4' resolution

NEW YORK (Kyodo) The United States urged U.N. members Tuesday to oppose the framework resolution submitted by the "Group of Four" to expand the Security Council should it be brought to a vote.


This is a pathetic joke. Most of this money that Japan 'donates' to the U.N. is not spent in famine relief efforts and fighting AIDS in Africa, even though that is what the P.R. people in Tokyo would like you to believe, and what they have printed in the newspapers. Most of what Japan donates is specifically targeted towards "Overseas Development Assistance" or ODA's (Third World Aid) which work in conjunction with the World Bank to finance Mega-development projects in poor (but resource rich) countries like Indonesia. The money goes into the few pockets of the already rich in these countries, Japanese companies get the contracts to do these Mega development schemes (good for Japanese companies like Mitsubishi, therefore good for Japan). Japan then has an inroad and the already pre-greased palms of corrupt officials for later plundering of the natural resources of said 'beneficiary' of this 'so called' development aid. The average folks of these countries are usually no better off for it and sometimes end up worse off since they have to suffer for the environmental impact of these mega projects. Japan doesn't 'give' money to anybody without heavy strings attached, and all these strings lead back to the real beneficiaries in Tokyo. Now it wants a seat on the U.N. Security council 'commensurate with it's financial status? Give me a break. The real reason it wants a seat on the security council is because it wants more say in how these funds are spent, which will ultimately mostly benefit Japan, and a few third world politicians Swiss bank accounts. Don't believe everything you read in the papers. The jig is up.

http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Debt/USAid.asp#AidMoneyOftenTiedtoVarious Restrictive Conditions

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As a condition for aid money, many donors apply conditions that tie the recipient to purchase products only from that donor. In a way this might seem fair and “balanced”, because the donor gets something out of the relationship as well, but on the other hand, for the poorer country, it can mean precious resources are used buying more expensive options, which could otherwise have been used in other situations. Furthermore, the recipient then has less control and decision-making on how aid money is spent.


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ADV ANNOUNCES AUGUST 23 RELEASES
Anime News Network - Canada
HOUSTON, July 13, 2005 --ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce two very special DVD releases for ...

Square Enix Does a Little Magic
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Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:28 pm (GMT 9)
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Humble pie on menu

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Japanese customers must apologise for their country's wartime occupation of China before getting a seat at a restaurant in the region formerly known as Manchuria, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports.

No Japanese had tried to enter the restaurant in the city of Jilin, north-eastern China, since it introduced the apology policy and hung a sign that says: "Japanese people barred from entry."

"We totally welcome those Japanese customers who can correctly view history," the manager was quoted as saying. "But as for those customers who still refuse to admit to history, we want to say we don't like them."

Reuters reports that staff at the Western-style restaurant were told to ask Japanese customers to give their views of Japan's 1931-45 occupation of parts of China, including the north-east, and to turn away those who did not apologise and share the owner's opinions, Kyodo said ...more



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Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:28 am (GMT 9)
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Yomiuri: Cops, ex-cons spend wild night in Kawasaki
A Kanagawa prefectural police sergeant and three of his colleagues took two female prisoners out for a night on the town after their release, it was learned Thursday...According to investigators, the police sergeant met a 34-year-old female detainee in June last year, following her arrest on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law. When she asked him for his cell phone number, he gave it to her. The woman, together with a 45-year-old female detainee arrested on similar charges, were released after receiving suspended sentences. The 32-year-old woman called the sergeant, and they began regularly calling each other.
At the end of that month, the sergeant threw a party at a Korean barbecue restaurant in Kawasaki to celebrate the women's release. With the three colleagues in tow, the six cops and two women went on to a pub and karaoke bar, drinking and partying for about 10 hours. The 42-year-old and 39-year-old police sergeants received two polo shirts worth about 2,500 yen each from the two women as tokens of their gratitude for the kindness the men showed them in jail. Then, the two police sergeants went to an amusement park with the 34-year-old woman. One of the police sergeants told inspectors he had an intimate relationship with the woman. The two police sergeants stopped associating with her after their wives noticed...more...


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Author: Mike Oxlong
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Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:05 am (GMT 9)
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Revenge of the Chef

YEAR after year, as Yoshiro Haga’s wealth and fame increased, his old friend and mentor, Toshio Kawashima, could only look on in jealous fury.

Mr Haga’s business grew and expanded while his friend sweated unrecognised in his single shop. His face appeared on television and in magazines, while the older man laboured in obscurity. Yet the secret formula on which Mr Haga’s success was based had been given to him by Mr Kawashima. Finally the sense of resentment became too much.

On Tuesday, Tokyo police arrested Mr Kawashima for the kidnap and assault of the man acknowledged as the creator of some of Japan’s finest ramen, or noodle soup. Mr Kawashima is said to have told police: “I taught him everything he knows about making a good soup and running a business, but he never greeted or thanked me. So I thought I’d make him taste a bit of pain.”

By his account, he had teamed up with Mr Haga 15 years ago and shared with him his recipe for stock on the understanding that the two would go into business together. Then Mr Kawashima fell ill, and Mr Haga set up on his own. The shop, Aoba, quickly became a success. Most authoritative ramen critics rate it in their all-time top five, and the single Tokyo outlet eventually grew into a chain of 12.

Mr Kawashima, 57, set up his own shop, Akibaya, which achieved no such acclaim. “I taught him my recipe and management know-how, but he’s been acting as if everything was his idea in magazine interviews and so on,” he said after his arrest. “I haven’t received a word of thanks or apology.”

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Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:13 pm (GMT 9)
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Do any schools in countries other than the US even require TOEFL? A couple of years ago, we sent some people for study in the UK and the people I contacted about requirements at that time said that there were only three schools in the UK that used TOEFL and those were more or less, as a reference only, rather than a requirement for foreign students.

This was at the University level about four or five years ago. The British Counsel said they used their own tests in lieu of TOEFL and SAT tests.
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Library's anime draws teens
Dallas Morning News (subscription) - TX,USA
... News. Library assistant Loren Zawodny facilitates the Anime Club, which Nathan Lindig (left) and Ashleigh Malone (right) attend. ...

Anime, manga fuel oddball 'otaku' biz boom
Mainichi Daily News - Japan
... Anime, video games and manga form the basis of the Moe Sangyo, but few enterprises can boast of the successes of the Boy's Love business. ...

ADV Announces August 23 Releases
Active Anime (press release) - USA
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Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Game Released
Comic Book Bin - Montreal,Quebec,Canada
... Exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Fullmetal Alchemist 2 follows the story of the anime series, which airs on Cartoon Network's ...

Hanaukyo Maid Team: La Verite
Anime News Network - Canada
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