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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Asian Beauty:Nao.S | Deadly chemical was lucky 'charm' for girl arrested for poisoning mother

A 16-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after poisoning her mother with the toxic chemical thallium has told police she carried the substance with her as a charm.
"I carried thallium with me in a small bottle as a charm," the girl, whose name has been withheld because she is a minor, was quoted as telling police.
When asked what she used the thallium for, she reportedly told police it was for "experiments," but did not elaborate.
During investigations into the incident, the girl admitted that she had bought the chemical from a pharmacy. Police confiscated 20 small bottles in her room, each measuring about 5 cm high and having a diameter of about 2 cm. She is thought to have carried the thallium around with her in powder and liquid form in these bottles.
After the incident was uncovered, it emerged that the 16-year-old had posted details on the deteriorating condition of her 47-year-old mother in her online blog. Police are continuing to question her over her motives for the incident.

Asian Beauty:Uruka.K | Truck driver arrested over pile-up that killed 7 Brazilians

A truck driver who triggered a seven-vehicle accident that killed seven Brazilians on the Meishin Expressway was arrested on Monday, police said.
Hitoshi Kiyota, 52, an employee of the Kumamoto Prefecture-based Shinseiki Butsuryu transportation company, is accused of professional negligence resulting in death.
"I wasn't paying close attention to the traffic conditions because I felt sleepy and was operating the car radio," he was quoted as telling investigators.
Takehiro Matsuzaki, 39, the driver of another truck involved in the accident, was earlier arrested.
Kiyota rammed his truck into the rear of a van on a west-bound lane of the Meishin Expressway in Hikone at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, causing the vehicle to roll over, investigators said. The truck driven by Matsuzaki then crashed into the van. It developed into a seven-car collision.
Seven Brazilian men in the van died from massive injuries they sustained to their bodies.
Prefectural police took Kiyota into custody after concluding that he triggered the deadly accident.

Asian Beauty:Kanako.H | Slain schoolgirl's friends say alleged killer gazed at her home for hours

A schoolboy accused of killing 15-year-old Yua Koyama last week because she had gone cold on him had been seen gazing longingly at her suburban Tokyo apartment for hours some weeks ago, a witness told the police.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also told investigators that he burst into the Koyama home without prior notice as soon as Yua's mother, Kimiko, left for work on Thursday, the day he is alleged to have killed the fellow student from his high school.
Police have transferred the boy to the Hachioji Branch of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, where he awaits his fate.
A junior high school classmate of Yua and the boy spotted the alleged perpetrator about one month ago as he lurked outside the entrance to a stairwell leading to the girl's apartment while apparently waiting for somebody, police said.
Yua and her mother lived alone. Yua's 39-year-old mother worked nights and the schoolgirl was left alone in the apartment most evenings.
Police said that on the day of the killing, the boy rode his bicycle over to Yua's apartment and burst into the home some time after 5:30 p.m.
"I just walked in without ringing the doorbell. I found a knife in the kitchen and used it on Yua, who had been in the living room," police quoted the boy as saying.
Police said they believe the boy had been monitoring Yua's lifestyle patterns for a considerable period leading up to the killing. However, the issue of premeditation remains clouded considering that he was unarmed when he entered the apartment, with police saying that they will continue looking into the case to determine the precise degree of planning that had been involved.
Police said they have checked the mobile phone records of both the boy and Yua. They found no trace of any calls between the two, nor had either registered the other's phone number in the memory function of their phone. A key stolen from Yua's bag two days before her death was not found at the boy's home.
Meanwhile, associates of the boy are almost unanimous in their description of him as being "a quiet type," though it was noted that his demeanor had changed considerably recently.
The boy lives together with his mother and two siblings. He played baseball for the local baseball team while attending junior high school. He was not a regular on the team, but was known for practicing with great intensity. His coach said that whenever he got a hit during games, he would be delighted and clench his fist in triumph. His parents had been great supporters, but when his father fell ill, the boy's attendance at training became erratic. When the father died while the boy was in his second year of junior high school, the boy dropped out of the team.
A classmate says the boy was an easy target.
"He was the type you'd like to whack around the head or give a bit of stick," the classmate said.
The classmate added that about two years ago, the boy and Yua appeared to be close enough that others thought they were dating. However, in July this year, the boy rode around in circles for about 10 minutes as Yua and a friend talked, which appeared to irk the girl.
Earlier this month, several people spotted the boy as he rode his bicycle and screamed at the top of his voice.
"I thought he was a bit weird," a junior high school boy who saw the incident said.

Asian Beauty:Rie.Y | Survey shows Japanese the world's least sexually active

Japanese have the world's least active sex life, making love on average just 45 times a year, a decline over 2004, according to a survey by condom manufacturer Durex showed.
Japanese couples had barely more than one-third of the sex sessions partaken by the Greeks, whose average 138 couplings a year made them the world's most amorous.
The average number of sex sessions across the world was 103 per year.
Japan failed even to match its last place position in the 2004 Durex survey, when the nation's couples notched up an average of 46 sex sessions in 12 months.
Durex conducted the annual survey via an Internet poll, eliciting responses from 310,000 people located in 41 countries.

Asian Beauty:Nao.S | Japanese couples have less sex than any other nation

Japanese couples have, for the second year running, had less sex than people from other parts of the globe, according to the 2005 Global Sex Survey released by condom maker Durex.
In last year's version of the annual survey, Japanese averaged only 46 sessions of sex over the year, making them the least amorous people in the world.
It was even worse this year, according to the survey, which aims to determine attitudes and practices related to sex from around the world.
Durex carried out the survey over the Internet, receiving responses from 317,000 people living in 41 countries.
Let's have a look at how Japan fared in the survey. Here are some of the answers to the survey questions. Japan's results come first, followed by the global average and the highest- and lowest-ranked countries offered as a comparison. All results are averages.
* Age of first sex: Japan 17.2 years (Global average 17.3 years, Iceland 15.6, India 19.8)
* Age first received sex education: 12.5 years (13.2 years, Germany 11.3 years, Vietnam 16.0 years)
* Ideal age to begin formal sex education: 11.5 years (11.7 years, Chile 10.7 years, India 13.9 years)
* No. of sex partners: 10.2 (9, India 3, Turkey 14.5)
* Has had unprotected sex: 43 percent (47 percent, Norway 73 percent, India 21 percent)
* Experienced an unplanned pregnancy: 9 percent (19 percent, China 55 percent)
* Contracted a sexually transmitted disease: 8 percent (13 percent, Norway 21 percent)
* Satisfied with sex life: 24 percent (44 percent, China 22 percent, Belgium 57 percent)
* Confident in asserting needs to partner: 23 percent (41 percent, Serbia-Montenegro 19 percent, Netherlands 64 percent)
* Have a low sex drive: 16 percent (7 percent, Vietnam 16 percent, Portugal 2 percent)
* Had an extramarital affair: 21 percent (22 percent, Israel 7 percent, Turkey 58 percent)
* What governments should invest in -- sex education in schools: 27 percent (34 percent, Vietnam 69 percent)
* What governments should invest in -- providing free contraception: 14 percent (20 percent, Iceland 48 percent, Vietnam 2 percent)
* What should be the first step in encouraging young people to practice safe sex -- learning: 60 percent (74 percent, Netherlands, Britain 92 percent, Indonesia 38 percent)
* What should be the first step in encouraging young people to practice safe sex -- abstaining from sex until marriage: 7 percent (8 percent, Indonesia 54 percent)
* Frequency of sex: 45 times (103, Greece 138).
Looking at these results, features about Japanese sexuality that tend to stand out are the average age of first sexual experience at 17.2 percent. This shows the continuation of the trend for people to have sex younger, and the frequency of sex is the lowest in the world. People are also extremely dissatisfied with their sex lives and clearly struggle to make their partners understand their needs. Many people saying they don't have a strong sex drive probably explains why the frequency of sex is so low.
While over 80 percent of respondents acknowledged that HIV/AIDS is a big problem, they flaunted that awareness by having an average of 10.2 sex partners -- above the global average of nine -- and having 43 percent who have had sex without a condom. These results show that Japan is opening itself to widespread unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
It's impossible to say that unplanned pregnancies lead directly to abortions, but the 1 percent of those 16 or under, 2 percent of 17- to 18-year-olds and 6 percent of unplanned pregnancies among those 19 and over are not that much greater than most other countries. Japan is often criticized by other countries for being an "Abortion Heaven," but perhaps this has more to do with it legally permitting the procedure than simply because there are so many that take place here.
The world's people also reject the abstinence pushed strongly by the Bush Administration in the United States. About three-quarters of the world's people (74 percent) advocate teaching as the best way to get young people to practice safe sex, while celibacy before marriage was roundly rejected both in Japan, where only 8 percent supported the idea, and the United States, which only scraped up support among 14 percent. Perhaps teaching about safe sex and ensuring regular check-ups are areas that should be given the greatest priority. In Indonesia and India, however, where celibacy before marriage was the preferred method to promote safe sex for 54 percent and 49 percent of respondents respectively, teaching about abstinence seems to be the way to continue.
Just like last year's survey, the results this year showed that Japanese tend to take a somewhat negative approach to sex. I wonder if there's any way we can solve this?