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JAPAN

Temp ends up in Fukushima

A man who applied for a temporary truck-driving job instead found himself deployed to the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, an employment official said on Monday. The man, in his early 60s, had applied for a job as a 9-tonne dump truck driver in Miyagi Prefecture, which was advertised for ¥12,000 (US$149) a day for 30 days, about a week after the March 11 quake. However, when he was taken to his new work location, he realized he was actually at the site of the atomic plant, Satoshi Hoshino of the Nishinari job center in Osaka said. The worker was under the supervision of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co and ended up working for a full 30 days, he said. Hishino said a subcontractor in Gifu Prefecture who hired the man had said there had been a mix-up because the company had tried to gather workers for a broad variety of reconstruction tasks after the disaster.

CHINA

Hello Kitty park announced

The Japanese creators of Hello Kitty will build a theme park in China — the first on foreign soil, state media reported on Monday. The Hello Kitty-themed amusement park will be in the city of Anji in Zhejiang Province, the Xinhua news agency said, citing an agreement between Japan’s Sanrio Co and its local partner. The project, jointly designed by Sanrio and US-based amusement park designer Hettema, will cost US$215 million, with construction expected to start in the second half of this year and completed in 2014, it said. The complex will cover an area of 60 hectares that includes a theme park, hotel and catering services. There are two Hello Kitty theme parks in Japan.

INDIA

Women urged to phone less

The Punjab State Commission for Women issued an official advisory last week urging brides “to focus on their domestic life instead of having long conversations on mobile phones.” Commission head Gurdev Kaur Sangha said on Monday that the advice was designed to avoid suspicion between new couples as they adjust to their new life together. “I found that almost 40 percent of women consider seeking a divorce on the grounds that her husband and in-laws do not like her talking on mobile phones,” said Sangha, 70, from Chandigarh. Sangha said she had seen a rise in complaints from women about domestic violence, sexual harassment and family discord because of arguments over brides being constantly on the phone. The advisory said most newly married women were actually ringing their parents, but warned that passing on hourly updates about their new home was damaging.

INDIA

Swimwear charges mulled

A top court has agreed to consider criminal proceedings over an Australian brand of swimwear bearing the image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi that has sparked angry protests. The Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh state agreed to hear a “public interest litigation” yesterday, brought by lawyers over photographs of the swimwear published in a Hindi daily. The lawyers argued that the newspaper should not have published the photographs and that the central government should have pushed Australia to take action against the manufacturer, Lisa Blue Swimwear. The photographs were from a fashion show in Sydney last week that saw models take to the catwalk in swimsuits and bikinis covered in images of Lakshmi, the goddess of light, prosperity and fertility.

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