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[VOON] Joe Odagiri apolozies

Joe Odagiri apologizes for signing name 'Kumi Koda' as autograph for fan

Actor Joe Odagiri has apologized for writing his name as “Kumi Koda” when a fan asked him for his autograph while he was in a restaurant after attending the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea in October.

Odagiri, 35, attended the premiere of his new film “My Way,” in which he plays the main character. His autograph was posted on the Internet and picked up by South Korean media which criticized him.

Odagiri released a statement to media, apologizing. He said he didn’t mean to belittle the fan or Korean people.







[VOON] Ozawa criticized PM for tax hike

Ozawa again rebukes Noda over proposed tax hike

Former Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa on Monday admonished Prime Minister Noda for failing to explain his position on a controversial proposed tax hike to the Japanese people.

Ozawa told a news conference that Noda hasn’t sufficiently explained why a hike is necessary. “He needs to help the people understand where he’s coming from and show the people that he’s working to fulfill the promises he made as a candidate,” TV Asahi quoted him as saying.

Ozawa has repeatedly criticized Noda for his proposed 10% consumption tax hike to pay for the rebuilding of the disaster-hit Tohoku region. He said the public is not receptive to a tax hike at this time.

Ozawa also hinted at the possibility of a revolt should the tax increase be pushed through*, potentially causing a schism* in the party.

※should the tax increase be …








[VOON] The Americans occupying the London SE

The Americans occupying the London Stock Exchange

The Occupy London Stock Exchange camp is now 59 days old - the same age as the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park was when it was taken down. The survival of the camp outside St Paul's Cathedral owes something to the Americans in the UK who have been among its keenest supporters.

Visitors pose for pictures as if it was a tourist attraction. Workers in sharp suits walk quickly past, and others simply point in surprise - it is not every day you see 200 tents pitched outside one of the capital's main landmarks.

The camp is closely modelled on Occupy Wall Street. Though it began a month later, it is still going almost …






[VOON] pearl harbor

U.S. marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor joined in a moment’s silence Wednesday, as flags were lowered across the country to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s history-changing attack.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recalled how the surprise Japanese assault “awoke a sleeping giant” as the United States responded by joining its European allies in World War II.

Crowds gathered at Pearl Harbor, west of Honolulu, bowed their heads for a moment to mark 7:55 a.m., the exact time when the devastating Japanese air bombardment began on the morning of Dec 7, 1941.

“Seventy years ago… our nation sustained a cruel and destructive attack. Our enemies thought that by this sudden and deliberate raid they could weaken America,” said Panetta, in…