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CHINA

Crimewave blamed on drugs

An increase in the smuggling of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has fueled a rise in violent crime in the nation this year, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday. In the first nine months of the year, police recorded more than 100 incidents of violent crime blamed on methamphetamine, more than the total number seen in the previous five years, Liu said. “China is facing a grim task in curbing synthetic drugs, including ‘ice,’ which more and more of China’s drug addicts tend to use,” the official China Daily quoted Liu Yuejin (劉躍進), head of the public security ministry’s Narcotics Control Bureau, as saying, referring to the street name for methamphetamine. “Compared with traditional drugs, such as heroine and opium, methamphetamine can easily lead to mental problems,” Liu added. “Addicts will be prone to extreme and violent behavior, including murder and kidnapping.” Methamphetamine was being smuggled into China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and region of Guangxi, both of which border Southeast Asia, the newspaper said.

CHINA

Japanese star mourned

The nation yesterday mourned the death of Japanese film star Ken Takakura, in a rare expression of cultural affinity between the Asian rivals. Takakura, best-known in the West for his role as a tough detective in Ridley Scott’s Black Rain, came to prominence in China when Japanese movies were allowed into the country in the late 1970s. He died last week of lymphoma at the age of 83, reports said on Tuesday, after a decades-long acting career dotted with starring roles, often as a mobster or a police officer or other strong, silent types enduring hardship in the pursuit of justice. “Ken Takakura is a witness to the history of friendship between the Chinese and Japanese people,” one user wrote on microblogging Web site Sina Weibo. Others hailed him as “Japan’s last tough guy” and “a Japanese national treasure who loves China.” Xinhua news agency on Tuesday described Takakura as an actor who “helped redefine the image Chinese males hoped to obtain for an entire generation,” adding that Takakura’s 1976 hit Manhunt was among the first Japanese films to be screened in the nation after the Cultural Revolution.

THAILAND

Police search for Uighurs

Authorities on Tuesday said they were searching for about 120 ethnic Uighurs who fled China and were detained in the south by police earlier this year, but escaped this month from a shelter there. The escapees, almost all women and children, left the shelter in several separate groups this month; 21 have been found, leaving an additional 120 or so at large, said Major General Puthishart Aekkashal, deputy police chief of a region in Songkhla Province, where the migrants were initially detained in March. At the time, authorities took into custody 198 Uighurs who had entered the nation voluntarily, the officer said.

JAPAN

Man arrested over dead dogs

Police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside, officials and reports said yesterday. Masaki Kimura, 39, admitted that he had been paid ¥1 million (US$8,500) by a breeder to dispose of the miniature dachshunds, toy poodles and corgies. He gave them no food or water, Jiji Press reported, and all but eight of the animals died in the wooden crates he was using to transport them.

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