We must protect the senile elderly people from unscrupulous business operators by using the adult guardianship system.

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2009-01-31 Sat 00:00

The most famous building in the temple is Ho’o-do (Phoenix Hall).
Ho’o-do, the only remaining original building, was constructed in 1053.
The following buildings were located in Byodo-in.
Hokke-do ,built by Yorimichi in 1056.
Taho-to, built by Shijonomiya kanshi , Yorimichi's daughter, in 1061.
Godai-do, built by Fujiwara Morozane , Yorimichi's son, in 1066.
Fudo-do, built by Minamoto Morofusa, Yorimichi's adopted son, in 1078.
These buildings were burnt down during a civil war in 1336.
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Kumano Hongu Taisha(1)
2009-01-30 Fri 00:00
Kumano Hongu Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
The shrine is one of the historical shrines of the Kumano-Sanzan.
The shrine was originally located at present Oyunohara , on a sandbank at the confluence of the Kumano River and Otonashi River.
The giant torii gate , said to be the largest in Japan ,stands there.
The old shrine buildings were spared from the great flood of the Kumano River in 1889. and the remaining shrine buildings were relocated at its present site one kilometer away.
The shrine is included as part of the Kumano Sanzan in the UNESCO World Heritage site,
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Japanese boat seized by Russia
2009-01-29 Thu 03:03

A Japanese fishing boat was seized by the Russian coast guard off Japan's northern coast.
The crab fishing boat No. 38 Yoshimaru was caught Tuesday night off the northern coast of the Noto peninsula ,Foreign Ministry official Kotaro Otsuki said.
Otsuki said officials have asked the Russians to provide an explanation.
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2009-01-29 Thu 00:00
Senso-ji is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
It is Tokyo's oldest temple.
The temple belonged to the Tendai sect before World War II, but became independent now.
The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon or the goddess of mercy,.
The legend says that two brothers, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari, found a statue of Kannon in the Sumida River in 628.
They put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them.
The chief of their village, Hajino Nakamoto, recognized the sanctity of the statue.
Nakamoto enshrined it by remodeling his own house into a small temple in Asakusa
The temple was completed in 645.
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Nankai Wakayamako Line
2009-01-28 Wed 00:00
The Wakayamako Line is a railway line operated by Nankai Electric Railway that runs in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, between Wakayamashi and Wakayamako stations.
The line is links to Wakayama Port that has ferry service to Tokushima in Shikoku.
Most trains are operated through to the Nankai Main Line.
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2009-01-27 Tue 00:00
Osaka-jo is a Japanese castle in Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
It is one of Japan's most famous castles.
The Osaka-Jo was built as a display of power by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Sengoku period daimyo who unified Japan and brought an end to the Sengoku period.
One hundred thousand workers toiled for three years to construct this castle.
Osaka-jo was completed in 1598, but Hideyoshi died at the same year.
Osaka-jo passed to his son, Toyotomi Hideyori.
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40 killed in Vietnam ferry accident
2009-01-26 Mon 16:11
A crowded river boat sinks on a river in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh on the eve of the Lunar New Year, killing at least 40 people, officials say.
Among the 40 victims were many women and children.
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Nankai Takashinohama Line
2009-01-26 Mon 00:00
The Takashinohama Line is a railway line in Takaishi City, Osaka Prefecture ,operated by Nankai Electric Railway.
This line joins the Nankai Main Line at Hagoromo Station .
It is 1.5km long.
Stations are Hagoromo, Kyarabashi(From Hagoromo: 1.0km) and Takashinohama.
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Shikoku Henro
2009-01-25 Sun 00:00
Shikoku Henro is a pilgrimage of 88 temples on the island of Shikoku, Japan.
It is believed all 88 temples were visited by the famous Buddhist monk Kukai who was born in Zentsuji, Shikoku in 774.
Kukai is known as a Japanese monk, scholar, poet, engineer and artist,
He is the founder of Shingon school of Japanese Buddhism.
The pilgrimage is traditionally completed on foot.
The walking course is approximately 1,200km long.
The Pilgrims(Henro) are often recognizable by their white clothing, sedge hats, and walking sticks.
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Gono Line
2009-01-24 Sat 00:00

The Gono Line is a railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company . The line connects Higashi-Noshiro Station in Noshiro shi, Akita prefecture, Japan and Kawabe Station in Inakadate mura, Minamitsugaru District, Aomori prefecture, Japan.
It is 147.2 km long,
There are 43 stations on the Gono line ,including Higashi-Noshiro Station and
Kawabe Station.
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"IBUKI" successfully launched
2009-01-23 Fri 13:16
The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI" was launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 15 at 12:54:00 p.m. on January, 23, 2009 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
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2009-01-23 Fri 00:00
Dojo-ji is a temple located in Hidakagawa-cho, Hidaka-gun, Wakayama-ken ,Japan.
It is the fifth temple on the New Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.
The temple is known for a legend, Anchin and Kiyohime, that is famous as a program of noh , kabuki and joruri plays.
Many years ago, a priest named Anchin from the northern provinces would make an annual trip to the shrine of Kumano in Kii Province.
He stopped at the house of a village headman at Masago each time.
One day, a daughter of the village headman named Kiyohime fell in love with him.
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2009-01-22 Thu 00:00
There is a small five-storied pagoda at the Muro-ji.
It is the second oldest and the smallest outdoor wooden pagoda in Japan.
Though the pagoda was badly damaged by a typhoon in 1998, it has been painstakingly repaired.
This pagoda has been designated a National Treasure.
In the early Heian era, the priest Kukai journeyed to China to study Shingonwhich he introduced into Japan in 806.
The new Buddhism began to influence temple design.
Buddhist architecture also adopted the stupa in its Chinese-style pagoda.
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Barack Obama sworn in as U.S. president
2009-01-21 Wed 02:47
Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States Tuesday, becoming the first African-American president in a ceremony in Washington DC.
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Kurobe Dam
2009-01-21 Wed 00:00
The Kurobe Dam , also called Kuroyon Dam ,is on the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture ,Japan.
It is a Japan's largest dam as an arch type concrete dam..
It stands 186 m high and holds 200,000,000 cubic meters of water and generates electricity for the Kansai Electric Power Company.
It completed in 1963 at a cost of 51.3 billion yen,
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Hyakunin Isshu
2009-01-20 Tue 00:00
The Hyakunin Isshu is an anthology of waka poems where each contributor writes one poem for the anthology.
The most famous hyakunin isshu is the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, compiled by Fujiwara no Teika while he lived in the Ogura district(present Sakyo-ku) of Kyoto, Japan.
Fujiwara no Teika was a Japanese waka poet, novelist and scholar of the late Heian and early Kamakura periods.
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Murasaki Shikibu, Lady Murasaki
2009-01-19 Mon 00:00
Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese novelist and poet in the Heian period,
She was born in a family of minor nobility and a member of the northern branch of the Fujiwara clan.
Murasaki Shikibu was a nyobo (court-lady) who served Shoshi/Akiko, wife of the Emperor Ichijo.
She is best known as the author of Genji Monogatari ,orThe Tale of Genji.
The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature.
It is sometimes called the world's first novel or the first modern novel.
Hikaru Genji. hero of the novel. was born between an emperor and his low-ranking wife.
Genji Monogatari is a story describing love affairs of Hikaru Genji with his many lovers.
It was said Murasaki Shikibu began writing The Tale of Genji at Ishiyama-dera temple450px-Ishiyamadera5444.jpg
,located in Ishiyama, Otsu ,Shiga Prefecture,during a full moon night in August of 1004.
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Takayama, Gifu(1)
2009-01-18 Sun 00:00
Takayama is a city located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
The city is fairly old, dating back to the Jomon period.
In Hida including Takayama, there are a great deal of historic ruins from the Jomon period.
At the end of the Muromachi period, Takayama Geki built a castle on Tenjinyama.
The area near Takayama Geki’s castle came to be called ‘Takayama.’
The city is also known as Hida-Takayama. to differentiate it from other Takayamas.
In 1585, Kanamori Nagachika conquered Hida and Kanamori clan built Takayama Castle and also temples in the town.
The Kanamori period continued for 107 years through 6 rulers.
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2009-01-17 Sat 00:00

Yariga-take is chosen as one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains by mountaineer/author Kyuya Fukada in his book...
The 3,180 m high peak lies in the southern part of the Hida Mountains.
The peak is located on the border of Omachi and Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture and Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.
The name comes from its shape, which resembles a spear thrust into the sky.
The holy priest Banryu founded the worship of Mt. Yarigatake in the Edo Period.
He gained the summit of Yariga-take for the first time in 1828 and founded a small temple there..
The Banryu festival is held each year to pray for the safety of those climbing the Japanese Northern Alps.
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US Jetliner lands on Hudson River
2009-01-16 Fri 10:31
A US airliner with 155 people on board went into the Hudson River in New York City after striking at least one bird upon takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, but with no loss of life.
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2009-01-16 Fri 00:00
In the temple's compound, the most famous building is the Amitabhado which is popularly known as the Hoohdo (Phoenix Hall ).
The Phoenix Hall consists of a central hall, twin wing corridors which extend on both sides of the central hall, and a tail corridor.
The central hall houses an image of Amida Buddha
There is a garden with a pond in front of the Hoohdo.
The hall and the garden are said to represent the Buddhist Paradise.
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2009-01-15 Thu 15:00
The Saidai-ji was founded by the Imperial order of the Empress Shotoku in 765 (the 1st year of the Tempyo-jingo ).
Although the Temple had 110 buildings when it was established, most of them were destroyed by fire.
Some buildings, including the main building, Shio-do and Shuho-kan, have been reconstructed.
In spring and autumn, the Temple holds a special tea ceremony event called Ochamori-shiki, using a giant tea bowl.
It is held around the beginning of the year (Jan. 15), April, and October.
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Taisho- ike
2009-01-15 Thu 00:00

As its name states,Taisho-ike was formed by the volcanic activity of Yakedake on June 6th in 1915, during the Taisho period, when tremendous amount of mud avalanche blocked Azusa River.
Yakedake is the most active of all the volcanoes in the Hida Mountains.
The view of standing withered trees in the pond creates strange atomosphere which collects a crowd in all seasons.
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Izumi-Chuo Station
2009-01-14 Wed 00:00

Izumi-Chuo Station is a terminal on the Semboku Rapid Railway in Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
There is an island platform with two tracks on the first floor of terminal building.
The ticket gates and the concourse are on the second floor.
The Sub-Express and the Semi-Express for Namba, and the Local for Nakamozu leave from Platform 1 or Platform 2.
Nearby are Momoyama Gakuin University and Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts,Izumi.
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Komyoike Station
2009-01-13 Tue 00:00
Komyoike Station is a train station on the Semboku Rapid Railway located in Minami-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
The station takes its name from a nearby artificial lake named after Empress Komyo.
This toponym comes from a supposed association with the empress's birthplace in the province of Izumi.
The station consists of one island platform, serving two tracks on the second floor.
The ticket gates and the concourse are under the platform,.
The Sub-Express, the Semi-Express and the Local for Izumi-Chuo leave from Platform 1.
The Sub-Express and the Semi-Express for Namba leave from Platform 2.
The local for Nakamozu also leaves from Platform 2.
Nearby are Semboku Memorial Hall, Mitami Shrine, Spa Refre, Kamotani Park, Mikita Middle School, Mikita High School, and Komyoike Driver's License Center.
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Indonesian ferry sinks
2009-01-12 Mon 02:09
A ferry carrying about 250 passengers and 17 crew sank in stormy seas of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province at 4 a.m. on Sunday when it was sailing from the Parepare port to Balikpapan.
The boat, named KM Teratai, left the Parpare port at 4 p.m. on Saturday but sank in Parepare waters due to huge waves on Sunday
18 people have been rescued alive.
South Sulawesi is a province of Indonesia, located on the western southern peninsula of Sulawesi island.

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2009-01-12 Mon 00:00
Wakakusa-yama , also known as Mikasa-yama, is an 342 m high mountain located in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan.
Mount Wakakusa Fire Festival (Wakakusa-yamayaki) is held on the day before Coming-of-Age Day.
The dry grass on the slopes of this mountain is set on fire .
It is a festival of the flame with which the new year of ancient city Nara is decorated.
Many tourists visit there every year.
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Coming of Age Day(seijin no hi)
2009-01-12 Mon 00:00
The Coming of Age Day is celebrated on the second Monday of January.
Celebrations are held nationwide in every town.
Most of the people turning 20 in that year participate celebrations in formal dresses.
(Many of females wear a long-sleeved kimono)
Twenty is the age considered as the beginning of adulthood in Japan.
Seijin no hi is a national holiday.
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Toga-Mikita Station
2009-01-11 Sun 00:00
Toga-Mikita Station is a train station on the Osaka Prefectural Urban Development Semboku Rapid Railway located in Minami-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
There is an island platform with 2 tracks under the station building.
The ticket gates and the concourse are on the first floor.
The Sub-Express, the Semi-Express and the Local for Izumi-Chuo leave from Platform 1.
The Sub-Express and the Semi-Express for Namba leave from Platform 2.
The local for Nakamozu also leaves from Platform 2.
Nearby are Sakai Minami ward office and Semboku police station.
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China warns on fake yuan
2009-01-10 Sat 15:14

China's central bank has issued a warning about fake bank notes.
The bank said 100-yuan notes bearing the "HD90" serial number have been reported in 10 provinces.
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