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■ Japan

Girls get more sex than boys

More Japanese high school girls are having sex than boys, even though girls express more regret about losing their virginity, a survey found. Some 39 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys in their final year of high school said they had had sex, according to a survey of some 10,000 high school students by a federation of parent-teacher associations. Among students in their first year of high school, which has three years in Japan, 15 percent of girls and 12 percent of boys had had sex, the survey said. While nearly 60 percent of boys said they were "glad with the experience," only 40 percent of girls responded positively, it said.

■ China

Six die in drug-fiend attack

Two more children have died from their injuries in an attack by a knife-wielding drug addict at an ice skating rink in northwestern China, bringing the death toll to six, a police spokesman and state media said yesterday. An additional eight people were in a hospital recovering from injuries sustained in Sunday's attack, according to the Urumqi Evening News, published in the capital of the Xinjiang region where the attack occurred. Victims were from ages 9 to 15, according to reports and a police spokesman. The attacker committed suicide by jumping from a third-story window at the rink, located in a shopping center in Shanshan County.

■ Hong Kong

License plate fetches millions

A mystery man in a surgical mask and cap bought the most expensive car license plate sold in Hong Kong since 1997, paying HK$7.1 million (US$910,000), a Hong Kong newspaper said yesterday. The winner, who bought the plate number 12 -- which sounds like "certainly easy" in Cantonese -- left immediately after the weekend auction without identifying himself, the South China Morning Post said. The license plate was the third-highest price paid in the city's history. The record for the most expensive plate is held by local tycoon Albert Yeung, who bought number nine -- which sounds like "forever" in Cantonese -- in 1994 for HK$13 million.

■ Japan

Police seize ecstasy stash

Police arrested four men and seized more than 286,000 tablets of ecstasy, a National Police Agency spokesman said yesterday, in what was reported to be the country's single largest haul ever of the popular party drug. Masakazu Saito, 52, Shinji Miyamoto, 44, Toshimi Ito, 54, and Toshiharu Ishibashi, 41, were arrested this month on suspicion of violating drug control laws and led police to the stash. The tablets had an estimated street value of about US$10.83 million. The haul equals more than two-thirds the total quantity of ecstasy seized in Japan last year, when authorities seized a record high 429,000 tablets, mostly smuggled from the Netherlands and France. Separately, police also found 75kg of liquid amphetamine in the drug bust.

■ Hong Kong

Activists plan protests

About 200 anti-globalization activists from around the world will meet in Hong Kong this weekend to plot their strategy for protests at the coming WTO meeting to be held here in December, an activist said yesterday. About 120 people from overseas groups representing labor, peasants, indigenous people and women's rights advocates will join 80 local counterparts for a two-day conference starting on Sunday, said Apo Leong, an officer at the Hong Kong People's Alliance on the WTO.

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