Japanese astronaut Hoshide to travel to int'l space station in 2012
Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide has been assigned a role at the International Space Station that is expected to keep him there for about six months from the summer of 2012, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday. Hoshide, 40, is the fourth Japanese astronaut to be selected for a long-term stay aboard the space station, where he is scheduled to engage in the operation of Japan's Kibo laboratory module, the state- run agency said.
(AP, Nov 18)
At the Nagoya Castle compound in central Japan, restoration work has been completed on the entrance and reception room of the main residential building for the first time in 70 years. (NHK)
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday raided an Internet casino in Shibuya Ward for offering illegal gambling. (Tokyo Reporter)
Osaka District Court accepted a claim on Thursday that losses on betting on horse racing should be deductible from payouts to calculate taxable income. (Jiji Press)
An 18-year-old youth has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly hit a 16-year-old girl in the head with a baseball bat. (Japan Today)