Japanese wireless firm KDDI Corp. is in final talks to sell an upcoming smaller version of the iPad, a move which would break rival Softbank Corp.'s monopoly on the Apple Inc. tablet in Japan, the Nikkei reported Thursday without citing sources.
The new iPad is rumored to come to market as early as November under the name "iPad Mini," according to the report. KDDI managed to end Softbank's place as Japan's only iPhone vendor last October, and the Nikkei said it has led Japanese wireless carriers in subscriber growth since then.
With crackdowns on violators of child prostitution and pornography statutes having increased in recent years, Nikkan Gendai (May 17) wonders how a manager of an online operation that primarily sold lolicon (“Lolita complex”) films was able to evade detection for an extended period prior to his arrest earlier this month. (Tokyo Reporter)
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )