Japan - The pink plastic hand that will exercise your boobs to new heights...

To the innocent passerby, this awkward pink device probably looks like an oversized back scratcher. It could undoubtedly double up as one, but it was designed with a greater mission in mind. Modeled after the hand of midwife, author and founder of the Wellness Life Institute, Takiko Shindo, the Oppai Taisou Hand was created to help women achieve healthier, shapely bosoms.

After years of experience caring for breastfeeding new mums, Shindo devised her own method of Oppai Taisou (boob exercise), which she claims to be effective in enhancing bust size and shape, improving conditions of stiff shoulders, menopause, menstrual cramps, and even has skin beautifying and anti-aging effects. Sounds like a mini miracle, huh?

▼ Takiko Shindo, also known as the “Oppai Goddess”.

▼ Oppai Taisou in action.

▼ Shindo-sensei’s “god hand”, now in pink plastic!

The Oppai Taisou is mainly comprised of two steps; Oppai Hagashi/Hazushi (which means to “tear off” or “remove” the breast), and Oppai Yurashi (boob shaking!). Sounds vigorous and painful, but according to the model who had firsthand experience getting massaged by Shindo’s “godly hands”, it doesn’t hurt at all, and immediate results were seen after just a couple of minutes of “exercise”.

Shindo explains that a woman’s breasts are strung up by ligaments, and if these ligaments don’t get sufficient movement, the fats in the breast will start to settle back against the chest muscles, resulting in unshapely, or even sagging boobies.

Oppai Hagashi supposedly detaches the breast ligaments from the chest muscles and directs the fats back to where they belong, restoring shape, while Oppai Yurashi resets the tension in the ligaments holding up the breasts, thus regaining elasticity and perkiness. The massage also improves blood circulation, which promotes healthier, beautifully shaped breasts.

Alas, Takiko Shindo only has one pair of hands, and there’s no way that’s enough to go around! That’s where this dubiously pink Oppai Taisou Hand comes in handy, allowing women to achieve similar effects in the comfort of their own homes. The Oppai Taisou Hand measures 30cm lengthwise (including the “hand”), and has “fingertips” covered with elastomer to ensure that it is gentle on the skin.

▼ Three easy steps for the full experience.

Tempted? We found it on Rakuten Japan and Amazon Japan retailing for 3,066 yen (approximately US$26). I think I’m just going to drop Santa a note…

Sources: Zhaizhai News rocketnews24.com

Japan - Restaurant won't serve couples on Dec 24 so singles won’t be reminded of their loneliness


Ah, Dec 24, Christmas Eve. The time to spend with parents, siblings, drunken aunts and that one crazy uncle that’s always telling you about chemtrails after four or five eggnogs. Or, the time for romantic dinner dates, proposals and convenience store chicken, if you’re in Japan.

The holiday has long been the bane of Tokyo singles, who are forced to watch thousands of happy couples marching all over town Christmas Eve, hand-in-hand, checking out the Christmas “illumination” shows that have become so popular over the years. That it’s one of the few times public displays of affection are relatively accepted in polite Japanese society just makes it all the more difficult for lonely guys and gals to bear.

But, this year, one Tokyo restaurant has a plan to give all those Forever Alones out there a safe haven to dine in peace on Christmas Eve and, who knows, maybe even find a potential partner.

The spaghetti diner PiaPia, on the outskirts of Tokyo in Hachioji, posted the hand-drawn sign at left in one of its windows recently.

It reads: “As it would cause severe emotional trauma to our staff members, we will be denying entry to all couples on December 24 with no exceptions!”

Okay, so it seems the real purpose for the policy is to save staff members – who may or may not be single – from being forced to watch couples make kissy faces at each other while they slave over a hot stove, but it’s sure to create the perfect environment for singles to enjoy a plate of spaghetti in relative peace. Who eats spaghetti on Christmas Eve we may never know, but it’s the thought that counts, we guess.

The Japanese netizens seem positively smitten with the idea, posting comments such as:

“I wish all restaurants would bar couples on Christmas Eve.”

“I’m considering getting a job here now!”

Source: RocketNews24.

Chinese Authorities Beat, Torture a Red Cross affiliated Activist To Death...

Former Tibetan social activist serving 15 years’ sentence dead after less than 6 years in prison

According to reliable information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), a Tibetan political prisoner serving a 15-year prison sentence died on yesterday afternoon on 5 December. He was less than six years into his prison term in Chushur Prison near Lhasa city. His death confirms criticisms from human rights groups that torture and inhumane treatment is common in Chinese prisons in Tibet.

Tenzin Choedak, also known as Tenchoe, died just two days after he was released to his family by prison authorities. He died at Mentsekhang, the traditional Tibetan medical institute in Lhasa city, hours after his family admitted him there. Tenzin Choedak had previously worked for a European NGO affiliated to Red Cross.

Early in November, as Tenchoe’s condition deteriorated prison authorities took him to three different hospitals for treatment. After the doctors gave up hope of saving Tenchoe, he was released to his family. He died two days later despite his family’s efforts to save him.

Tenchoe is not the first Tibetan to die in detention. Earlier this year in March, another Tibetan political prisoner Goshul Lobsang died months after prison officials released him to his family when his medical condition worsened beyond treatment in Machu (Ch: Maqu) County in in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. Goshul Lobsang suffered severe beatings and torture including pain-inducing injections in police detention.

This is for those who own and like to wear Chinese Made garments with animal fur; VERY Disturbing video footage WARNING -

This is why should you delete your Facebook account before 12 midnight, December 31, 2014 But there's good news - Seen.is

Major news is about to be released from the infamous privacy stealing company known as Facebook. 

All users will be asked around January 1st, 2015, to accept the new terms. But just what are these mysterious “new terms” being bolstered by Facebook? 

How about the fact that they want to allow third parties like the CIA, FBI, NSA, etc. to collect information not only from your Facebook page but from your computer, your phone, and any other device you access Facebook from. 

Joe Biggs Infowars reporter brings us the latest…

If by now you haven’t figured out that Facebook is in cahoots with the government, then I feel for you but for those who are well aware of the issues it’s high time you switched over to Seen.is a place similar to Facebook but without all the censorship crap!

Here are some of the differences you’ll find at Seen.is:

  • No censorship! Keep in mind we do have a Terms of Service that will need to be followed for things like pornography, copyright violations and defamation. If we receive a complaint, we’ll investigate. If you are accustomed to the freewheeling style at Before It’s News, we think you’ll enjoy Seen.is
  • NO ID required. Facebook is now asking certain people for their ID’s. That’s beyond the pale. You can use whatever name you’d like at Seen and no ID required. 

  • No search crawlers. We’re blocking those critters because once they crawl a page, whatever you posted is theirs forever. We think you should be able to delete things if you make a mistake. We know this will hurt the traffic, but we think you’ll appreciate this.

  • We don’t sell your data, in fact we don’t even collect it (other than your email so you can receive notifications). It’s hosted in Iceland and selling data isn’t allowed there. A very good reason to go visit Iceland. A lot of very friendly people there, too.
  • No limit to your account’s friends. If you’re popular enough to get over 5,000 friends, we think that’s great! More power to you!
  • Private and secure chat rooms are coming soon! It looks like we might be able to get private chat rooms on Seen in a couple of weeks, too. These are strongly encrypted and there’s no snooping.
The way Facebook is headed in the New Year it’s not going to be a place you want to stay. Sign up and create an account at Seen.is today and get away from this invasive censorship!

Here is a video about Seen.is if you want to check it out:

Japan - Sony hires IT Forensic Co Mandiant after cyberattack; FBI starts probe involving North Korea


Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired FireEye Inc’s Mandiant forensics unit to clean up a massive cyber attack that knocked out the studio’s computer network nearly a week ago, three people with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the incident, said one of the people, who were not authorized to publicly discuss efforts to deal with the attack.

The computer systems at the Sony Corp unit went down last Monday after displaying a red skull and the phrase “Hacked By #GOP,” which reportedly stands for Guardians of Peace, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Technicians are making headway in repairing damage caused by the attack and expected to have the email systems back online late Monday, said the source who commented on the FBI investigation.

Sony executives have declined to comment on the scope of the attack, though emails have been bouncing back with messages asking senders to call employees because the system was “experiencing a disruption.”

Representatives with FireEye and the FBI declined comment.

Mandiant is an incident response firm that helps victims of breaches identify the extent of attacks, clean up networks and restore systems. The firm has handled some of the largest breaches uncovered to date, including the 2013 holiday attack on Target Corp.

Technology news website Re/code reported on Friday that Sony was investigating to determine whether hackers working on behalf of North Korea have launched the attack in retribution for the studio’s backing of the film “The Interview,” which is to be released on Dec 25 in the United States and Canada.

The movie is a comedy about a CIA attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pyongyang government denounced the film as “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war” in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2014.

Japan - Discarded dogs show dark side of pet boom and acts of cruelty, by Breeder and even ex Pet Shop Staff...

The 100-odd decomposing dog corpses found over the past few weeks in Tochigi and Saitama prefectures reflect what Shukan Josei (Dec 9) calls “the dark side of the pet boom.”

The heart of the matter could, perhaps, be put this way: dogs are cute, dogs are living beings, dogs are “companion animals” – but they are not human and may not fit as seamlessly into human society as the more ardent dog-lovers like to think.
The dogs in question are miniatures – toy poodles, Chihuahuas, Maltese. The tone of the reporting, the stress on the large and furtive nature of the disposals, gives the impression something new is afoot.

Not so, says Shukan Josei. The fresh canine corpses join some 2.3 million nationwide. Pet disposal (though generally done legitimately, via official channels) has a long history – owners seduced by cute puppies discover after purchase what a nuisance this animated cuteness can be, and seek to free themselves of it.

The general procedure is to get the local government to gas unwanted pets, but a September 2013 amendment to the Animal Protection Law has made that more difficult. It empowers local authorities to refuse to put an animal to sleep without a clear and adequate reason. Still, the magazine hears from a Saitama prefectural official, the change was more symbolic than practical: “Even before the amendment, we repeatedly asked (discouraged pet owners) to reconsider. Being ‘empowered to refuse’ is no more than a reinforcement of what we’d always done.”
The suspect arrested in connection with the Tochigi dog corpse dumping is not a pet owner but a former pet shop employee who reportedly told police he acted on behalf of a professional breeder. That news was still fresh when, in late October, a stroller in Saitama City’s Akigase Park noticed five dogs, weakened but still living, evidently abandoned, and two dead ones lying in a puddle, as though they’d exhausted their last strength looking for water. Shortly afterwards came the discovery in the same park of 33 canine corpses – all Chihuahuas, their ages ranging from roughly 1 year to roughly 8. DNA tests showed they were related.
Why the particular vulnerability of Chihuahuas? “The Chihuahua boom is over,” is the blunt explanation offered by Mika Hirota, who heads an organization called Dog Rescue. “Unsalable dogs are simply regarded as defective merchandise.”
Possibly when you breed and sell dogs for a living, you lose sight of the fact that your “merchandise” is alive, sentient and helpless. “Is it right” Shukan Josei asks rhetorically, “that life should be at the mercy of booms?” The question is framed in such a way that you have to answer no, but are breeders and sellers alone to blame? What about consumers whose enthusiasms, imperative but transient, create a fluctuating demand that suppliers must hustle to conform to if they are to survive?
Hirota sees a silver lining. “Abandoning and dumping pets has always gone on,” she says. “Now, finally, it’s being recognized as a problem.”
Japan Today

China lake: ‘If you jumped in, you would shed a layer of skin’

A fisherman fetches water affected by blue-green algae in Lake Tai, in China's Jiangsu province. Pic: AP.

A fisherman fetches water affected by blue-green algae in Lake Tai, in China’s Jiangsu province. Pic: AP.

So says Wu Lihong, the unofficial guardian of China’s Lake Tai, a polluted body of water in Jiansu province. 

Long stigmatized due its algae-induced green hue, Lake Tai (or Taihu), is a testament to the government not delivering on promises of environmental clean-up. Seven years ago a toxic algal bloom forced residents to find alternatives to their tap water for drinking and prompted the government to undertake an expensive cleaning of the lake. However, the sources of pollution, such as chemical plants and textile factories, have seemingly continued virtually unabated, shining a stark light on local government’s inefficacy at tackling such problems at their source.

Normally, Taihu’s algae-choked waters clear up after the summer heat subsides, but plastic waste now chokes the lake, with dead fish and algal blooms creating a foul smell that plagues China’s third-largest body of ‘fresh’ water.

While the national government of China has come down hard on pollution and has written relatively strict regulations for industry, local government often circumvents or blocks the environmental efforts of the ruling Communist Party. The National People’s Congress named Wu Lihong an “environmental warrior” back in 2005, but Wu’s confrontations with local polluters have earned him some powerful local enemies. Local officials have routinely harassed and followed Wu, even going so far as to detain and torture the clean water activist.

Wu’s experience exemplifies the problem of China’s national government, which is often depicted as having deep pockets and acting efficiently autocratic, but in reality struggles to enforce rule of law, especially on a local level.

If with all their wealth, the Communist Party can’t clean up this lake, it tells you the problem is much bigger. I’ve come to realize the root of the problem is the system itself.

—Wu Lihong (via the New York Times)

A 2011 piece from Yale Environment 360 confirms the commitment of China’s national government to cleaning up Taihu, a symbol of the ecological consequences of the country’s rapid economic and industrial growth. The report states that in order to save the lake, many polluting factories were forced to close.

Restoring Taihu to a truly healthy state, however, will be a steeper challenge. Money is not an issue:

The central government, through its Ministry of Environmental Protection, plans to allot $155 million over the next 5 years to clean up Taihu. The ministry is now drafting a work plan. But the challenge, says Qin, will be to pinpoint sources of nitrogen and phosphorous to better stem their flow into the lake.

—Yale Environment 360

The kinds of algal blooms that plague Lake Tai are by no means limited to the People’s Republic of China. Lakes on all continents have experienced similar crises, from Japan’s major lakes to Africa’s famed Lake Victoria. According to University of North Carolina marine biologist Hans Paerl, cyanobacteria cause $2bn in water pollution-related damages per year in the United States alone.

Other efforts to clean up Taihu have included the reintroduction of marcophytes such as water chesnuts and lotus plants, which inhibit algal growth, but do not grow well in polluted water. Furthermore, back in 2010, 10 million green and silver algae-eating green and silver carp were also released into the water, although some forms of algae, such as Mycrocystis, are not hindered by silver carp.

Fortunately, there are dedicated activists like Wu Lihong to continue the fight for clean water in China, which millions depend upon for their health and livelihoods.

India - Mentally ill women treated worse than animals: report

India's mentally disabled women 'treated worse than animals': HRW

Intellectually disabled women in India are routinely locked up in institutions where they suffer sexual or other abuse and are "treated worse than animals", according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

The report said women were often dumped in overcrowded, state-run institutions lacking basic facilities, where mentally ill and disabled people were "ridiculed, feared, and stigmatised".

"Once they're locked up, their lives are often rife with isolation, fear and abuse, with no hope of escape," said report author Kriti Sharma.

"Women and girls with disabilities face unique challenges, including sexual violence and denial of access to reproductive health, that men do not."

The Treated Worse Than Animals report was based on interviews with 52 women and girls who were in or had been in institutions, along with those of 150 doctors and family members.

"The house aunty [staff member] who drops me to school hits me. She hits me here [in the institution] too. She slaps me hard with her hand," an 11-year-old said in the report.

"When she hits me, I feel like crying and I feel sad. I feel like crying in school too. I want to leave this place."

Once they're locked up, their lives are often rife with isolation, fear and abuse, with no hope of escape.
Report author Kriti Sharma

Indian government census figures show around 1.5 million people suffer intellectual disabilities such as genetic Down syndrome, while another 722,826 suffer from mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder.

Experts, however, argue those figures are strikingly low for the world's second most populous country where many health issues go undiagnosed.

Women with a range of disabilities and illnesses such as schizophrenia are often admitted against their will by their families or legal guardians, despite the fact that forced institutionalisation is illegal in India.

RELATED STORY: Poor hygiene cause of death to Indian women in mass sterilisation camp, investigation finds

"Relatives just dump patients at the hospital and think that's it," a nurse at Pune hospital said.

"They put fake addresses and phone numbers on the registration forms so we cannot contact them again."

India's government launched a national mental health program in 1982 to provide community-based services, but Human Rights Watch said it was largely ineffective and lacked oversight.

Ms Sharma said many of the women she interviewed were desperate to leave, describing their treatment as unbearable.

"Long-term warehousing of women and girls with disabilities is simply not the answer," she said.

Source: AFP

Japan - U.S. Embassy warns citizens about drink spiking leading to robbery and sexual assaults in Tokyo - 2020 Olympic Tourists Beware !


The U.S. Embassy is warning its citizens to watch out for drink spiking in Tokyo’s nightlife area of Roppongi.

This is probably a result of the local Police turning a blind eye, as most, if not all the victims and perpetrators of these type of crimes are foreigners.

In an alert posted on its website, the embassy said it continues to receive reports of drink spiking incidents, particularly near the Roppongi crossing area.

Many are part owned and / or operated by South African Nationals, (Nigerian & Ghana), - many of which are on just student visas.

“We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness in entertainment districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho, as drink spiking incidents over the years have routinely led to robbery and occasionally resulted in physical and sexual assaults,” the embassy statement said. “In most drink-spiking reports, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been mixed with a drug, rendering the victim unconscious or dazed for several hours, during which time the victim’s credit card is stolen or used for large purchases. 
Some victims regain consciousness in the bar or club; other victims may awaken on the street or in other unknown locations.”
According to the embassy, U.S. citizens have also reported being charged exorbitant bar tabs in some bars and clubs in Roppongi, Kabuki-cho, and other entertainment and nightlife districts. 
Some have reported being threatened with gun or knife violence in such venues to pay bar tabs or withdraw money. U.S. citizens have also reported being beaten when they have refused to pay or hand over money, the statement said.

Japan - Woman previously accused of distributing 3D data of her genitals arrested again

Megumi Igarashi

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday re-arrested an artist, previously charged earlier this yearwith the distribution of obscene material, for a public display of a recreation of her genitals, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 3).
Officers took Megumi Igarashi, a 42-year-old resident of Setagaya Ward, and Minori Watanabe, a 44-year-old writer and author who works under the nameMinori Kitahara, into custody for allegedly displaying a plaster cast of Igarashi’s vagina in an exhibition at an adult shop in Bunkyo Ward managed by Watanabe between October of last year and July.
Of the 19 works in the exhibition, police deemed three items, including that by Igarashi, to be “highly obscene” and in violation of the law, according to Sports Nippon(Dec. 3).
Igarashi has reportedly denied the allegations. “The work is not an obscenity,” the artist is quoted by police. Watanabe has refused to comment on the allegations.
On July 12, Igarashi was charged the distribution of obscene material for mailing links for the download of 3D-image data of her genitals. She was released from custody six days later.
Igarashi, who works under the name Rokudenashi-ko (Good-for-nothing girl), has also been charged with sending discs containing image data of a boat shaped like a female vagina that was on display at an exhibition in Shinjuku Ward to 17 people in May.
Watanabe, the founder of the adult-goods shop Love Piece Club, regularly contributes columns on gender issues to the weekly publication Shukan Asahi.

North Korea: Government orders everyone sharing leader's name to change it...

(Reuters) - North Korea has ordered people who share the name of leader Kim Jong Un to change their names, South Korea's state-run KBS television reported on Wednesday.

North Korea imposed similar bans on the use of the names of its two former leaders, Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, as part of propaganda drives to build cults of personality around them.

Kim Jong Un's name is not allowed for newborns and people who share the name must not just stop using it but must change it on their birth certificates and residence registrations, KBS reported, citing an official North Korean directive.

Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader, issued the order in 2011, when his son was heir apparent, KBS said. The elder Kim died in December that year and his son took power.

South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles ties with the North, could not immediately confirm the report but said it was plausible.

"The ban is highly possible since North Korea had the same policy in the era of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung," a ministry official said.

It is not known how many people there are in North Korea called Kim Jong Un, but Kim is a very common family name and Jong Un are common given names.

Japan - A look at life on death row...

photo credit - victimsfamiliesforthedeathpenalty.blogspot.com

From 1967 to 1994, novelist and nonfiction author Toshio Sakamoto worked as a guard, supervisor and warden in seven of Japan’s penal institutions. Since retiring, he has served as an advisor to TV dramas and film makers, and recently published a book titled “Order to Proceed with an Execution” (Nihon Bungeisha).

In Shukan Taishu (June 9), Sakamoto talks about what an average day is like for a condemned prisoner on Japan’s death row. The article was inspired in part by the release last March 27 of 78-year-old convicted killer Iwao Hakamada, who had been incarcerated for 48 years—the last 34 of which had been spent after his having exhausted all appeals. Hakamada was released after the Shizuoka District Court ordered a retrial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct—a rare but not unprecedented event in Japan.

“While serving as a Ministry of Justice official from 1979 to 1984, I was engaged in a study of conditions for dealing with death row convicts, and met with Mr Hakamada on numerous occasions,” says Sakamoto. “Likewise from autumn of 1988, when I served as warden.

“My first impression upon meeting him was that he was a ‘good kid.’ He seemed determined to prove his innocence and I had doubts that he was the type of person who could have slain a family of four.”

Brazilian man has eye surgery to look Asian...

A Brazilian exchange student was so taken with the country he visited he has undergone 10 surgeries to look more Asian.

Does he look a young "Anonymous" or what?

The 25 year old man, now known as ‘Xiahn’, has undergone at least 10 surgeries to alter his Western looks.

Originally blue-eyed with blond hair, Xiahn became interested in having plastic surgery after spending time as an exchange student in Korea.

Along with spending $3100 on his eyes and other procedures, he’s also changed his hair colour, and eye colour with contact lenses.

Xiahn told The Korea Herald that “Koreans have many surgeries to modify the shape of their eyes and become more like Westerners,”

“It was easy to tell when one of them had done it, walking on the street wearing sunglasses and a surgical mask,” he said.

“I have no regrets, and I don’t intend to have any more procedures.”

A picture of Xiahn before he has the operations. 

 Asian look... Xiahn’s face has dramatically changed. Picture: Facebook/Xiahn Source: Facebook  
Asian look... Xiahn’s face has dramatically changed. Picture: 

China - Beijing brewery offers free 'Airpocalypse' beer during heavysmog..(Video)

A tiny brewery in Beijing is cashing in on the city's smog worries, offering free beer if pollution goes off the scale.

Jing A Brewery's 'Airpocalypse' beer is named after the 2013 event where Beijing's air pollution literally went off the charts.

On January 12, the measurement of the smallest, most dangerous type of particle matter was 35 times more than the recommended standards set by the World Health Organisation.

Brewer Christian Lee says his beer is a tribute to people of the city.

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Japan - Police break up huge drug smuggling ring, arrest Sumiyoshi-kai Yakuza...

Shin Shimazu

Source: http://www.tokyoreporter.com/

KANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday arrested an organized crime member as a part of an ongoing investigation into a large quantity of stimulant drugs smuggled into Japan from the United States, reports theKanagawa Shimbun(Dec. 2).

Officers took Shin Shimazu, a 49-year-old member of the Sumiyoshi-kai, and two other male suspects into custody for allegedly possessing approximately 17 kilograms of stimulant drugs having a retail price of 1.2 billion yen.

On October 30, customs officials at the Port of Yokohama discovered the contraband hidden under the seats of a used car imported from Los Angeles. Using the technique known as “clean controlled delivery,” officers then substituted the illicit drugs, which had been packaged in polyethylene bags, for rock salt.

On the afternoon of November 5, the substitutes for the contraband were discovered in the car in a residential parking lot in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward.

All three suspects have reportedly denied the allegations.

Since November 9, officers have arrested a total of seven suspects, including three Nigerian nationals, for various roles in the scheme, according to the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 2).

Officers seized 17 kilograms of stimulant drugs
Officers seized 17 kilograms of stimulant drugs from the inside of a vehicle imported from Los Angeles (via theSankei Shimbun)

South Korea - Use an unlicensed selfie stick ban and face $30,000 in fines or three year's jail

Couple takes selfie with selfie stick

South Korean retailers and experts have hit back at a government ban of unlicensed "selfie sticks", saying punishments of $30,000 fines or three year's jail for selling the devices is excessive.

Selfie sticks are extendable rods that use Bluetooth to remotely trigger a phone to take a picture.

They are popular in South Korea, but the government said the signals from unlicensed selfie sticks might disrupt other devices, such as medical equipment, using the same radio frequencies.

According to the Wireless Telegraphy Act, it is now a violation to sell, manufacture or import communication devices without authentication, with violators facing either a fine of up to $30,000 or a maximum prison sentence of three years.

The regulation came into force on November 21.

But Korea University wireless systems researcher Kim Chung-ki said the government's fears were unfounded.

"No matter how many people press the button at the same time, it's not sufficient to interfere with other devices' network or cause interference in frequencies in unlicensed bandwidth," he said.

"So practically-speaking, it's hard to cause frequency interference with a bluetooth selfie stick."

Smartphone accessories retailer Kim Sung-eun, who sells licensed selfie sticks, said he felt the new regulation was excessive.

"Most of people have selfie sticks these days. It's now too late, I think this regulation of selfie sticks is useless and is excessive control," he said.

A retailer in downtown Seoul said even though the regulation had been in place for more than a week, there had not yet been any raids on vendors selling unregistered selfie sticks.

Others said manufacturers of selfie sticks should be held responsible for making sure all selfie sticks were licensed.

"If those [unlicensed] selfie sticks cause problems in terms of electromagnetic waves, manufacturers should consider the fact when they produce selfie sticks," resident Kim Min-ji said.

"I don't think most people who use a selfie stick are aware of the regulation."


Jetstar Airlines Becomes Even More Stingy – Cutting Baggage Allowance by 30% & will charge $160 extra if over – Boycott Worthy?

Budget airline Jetstar has cut the weight of its carry-on baggage allowance from 10 kilos per person to 7 kilos per person effective Tuesday 25 November.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s salary is $5 million pa

The new rules carry a hefty penalty for bags that exceed these new limits. Overweight fees for domestic flights will attract a $50AUD penalty while international travellers will face a $160AUD charge at the gate per over-weight bag.
New Jetstar Economy Class baggage allowances.
Jetstar will have new ‘Cabin Baggage Officers’ in place who will police the gate areas prior to departure of all flights to enforce the new carry-on policy.

Flights booked prior to 28 Oct 14 OR travel prior to 25 Nov 14

If you made a flight booking prior to 28 October 2014 or travelling prior to 25 November 2014 , the 10kg baggage allowance is still applicable.
jet star pic

Cars In Japan, can they get any smaller?

Please take in to consideration that the car in front of orange one is in the very small category with a 660cc engine...

China - Man Gets Hundreds Of Tapeworms Stuck In His Body After Eating Bad Sashimi....

Apparently, mercury poisoning isn’t the only medical problem you can contract from sushi.

A man in China was hospitalized after eating a really bad batch of sashimi. The man went to the doctor for itchy skin and a stomach ache and scans revealed hundreds of tapeworms throughout his entire body.