Briefs, October 23, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 3:31am

Lawmakers in Okinawa air 'indignation' at rape

TOKYO - Legislators in Okinawa passed a resolution yesterday expressing "overwhelming indignation" at the alleged rape of a Japanese woman by two American servicemen. The resolution, passed unanimously by the island chain's assembly, said US military leaders were not doing enough to control their thousands of personnel. It demanded "a fundamental review of the Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement". AFP


Phone translates chats in different languages

TOKYO - Japan's biggest mobile operator will launch a translation service that lets people chat over the phone in different languages. The application for NTT DoCoMo subscribers will give two-way voice and text read-outs of conversations between Japanese and English, Chinese or Korean languages, with a several-second delay, the firm said. Voice-to-text read-outs would soon be available in French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai. AFP


Piracy cases sink to lowest level in 4 years

KUALA LUMPUR - Sea piracy worldwide fell to its lowest level since 2008 over the first nine months of this year as navies and shipping companies cracked down on attacks off the coast of Somalia. The International Maritime Bureau said 233 attacks were recorded worldwide from January to September, down from 352 in the same period last year. AP


Bollywood mourns its 'king of romance'

MUMBAI - Tributes poured in yesterday for the renowned Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra, dubbed Bollywood's "king of romance", who died in Mumbai aged 80 after suffering from dengue fever. Some of the industry's biggest names took to Twitter to remember Chopra, including superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan. Chopra had a Hindi-language movie-making career that spanned five decades and his latest movie is scheduled for release next month. AFP