China: YouTube Again Accessible
The Chinese government has lifted its block of YouTube, the popular video-sharing Web site run by Google. On Friday, people in Beijing access the site without using special software to enter it through a proxy server, a common way of getting around Internet walls put up by the government. Google said Tuesday that China had blocked YouTube but that it did not know why. The block came during a week when China was criticizing an Internet video, released by the Tibetan government in exile and put up on YouTube and other Web sites, that showed Chinese security officers beating handcuffed Tibetans.
US Navy to help in Japan murder case
From correspondents in Tokyo
March 21, 2008 05:50pm
The case comes with relations between Japan and the US military tense, following a series of high-profile crimes linked to servicemen, including the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by a Marine.
Masaaki Takahashi, a 61-year-old taxi driver, was found dead with a knife in his neck in his parked taxi late Wednesday on a road in Yokosuka, a military hub at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, police said.
"We condemn this horrific crime in the strongest possible terms,'' the US Navy command in Japan said in a statement.
in no uncertain terms
in a very clear way:
She told him what she thought of his behaviour in no uncertain terms (= She made her disapproval very clear).
"The US Navy is standing by to help with the Japanese police and in whatever manner is needed,'' it said.
Local media said a credit card and other items were found in the car that were believed to belong to a 22-year-old sailor.
The sailor, part of the US 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, had been missing before the incident and remains unaccounted for, television networks said.
Reports said Takahashi, who was based in Tokyo, some 65km to the north, may have argued with his customer over the fare, which police said was about 17,000 yen ($A186).
Chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said police had "reported to the government that they had not identified the perpetrator yet'' and withheld further comment.
The US military's image in Japan has been severely tarnished recently after a series of crimes.
The US military is to court-martial four Marines accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old woman in the western city of Hiroshima.
Another US Marine was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl on the southern island of Okinawa, home to more than half the US forces in the country.
Japanese prosecutors dropped the case as the girl did not want to continue the case, which received intense media attention.
The military last month put all troops and their relatives in Okinawa and western Japan's Iwakuni under a curfew for nearly two weeks in a bid to calm public anger.
curfew Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
a rule that everyone must stay at home between particular times, usually at night, especially during a war or a period of political trouble:
to impose/lift a curfew
a midnight curfew
He was shot for breaking (= not obeying) the curfew.
You'll be in trouble if you get home after curfew.
More than 40,000 US troops are based in Japan under a security treaty with the close US ally, which has been officially pacifist since World War II.