What's New in Japan?
Links to some of the hottest news from Japan!
Japan expects further fall in fertility rate
(USA Today - Dec 16)
"Japan is set to significantly lower its long-term fertility rate forecast because more women are choosing to remain single or marrying later, a news report said Sunday."
Cafe in Japan serves 'coffee stout'
(UPI - Dec 16)
"MITO, Japan, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A cafe in Mito, Japan, is serving "Coffee Stout," a coffee-flavored beer, the Mainichi Daily News reported. The dark beer is made by mixing sweet wort -- a derivative of barley -- with coffee beans."
Virtual shrines questioned in Japan
(UPI - Dec 16)
"TOKYO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Virtual visits to shrines are under scrutiny in Japan, with some saying that online visits to shrines lack spirituality and undermine sanctity."
Ballplayer Matsuzaka among Newsweek's top newsmakers for 2007
(CKyodo via Yahoo! Asia News - Dec 16)
"Daisuke Matsuzaka, a Japanese professional baseball player who recently struck a $52 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, was among Newsweek's choice of top newsmakers for 2007, the weekly said Sunday on its international edition."
Chronicling the resurrection of Japanese films
(Japan Today - Dec 17)
"Five years ago, Donald Richie’s "A Hundred Years of Japanese Film" seemed destined to be the definitive resource on the topic for years to come. We now have "The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film," which serves as the perfect companion piece."
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