Japan Slaps Temporary Ban On Exports Of Rare Turtles

Japan slaps temporary ban on exports of rare turtlesExports of Japanese pond turtles have been increasing sharply since early this year, prompting the government to impose partial restrictions to conserve the species.
The "nihon ishigame" (Japanese stone turtle) is in strong demand in China and Hong Kong as an ingredient of health food. It is also popular as a rare pet from Japan.

Shmyrko Hit With Ban, Loses Osaka Titles

Shmyrko hit with ban, loses Osaka titlesUkrainian marathon runner Tetyana Shmyrko has been banned for four years for a doping offense.
Shmyrko, who has also raced under the name Tetyana Gamera, won her third consecutive Osaka Marathon in January, setting the ninth fastest time in the world this year by finishing in 2 hours 22 minutes 9 seconds.

Soccer : Fifa Ethics Committee Seeks Life Ban Against Michel Platini

FIFA ethics committee seeks life ban against Michel PlatiniThe FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman's lawyer said Tuesday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter.
Thibaut d'Ales told The Associated Press that the maximum sanction was asked for when the FIFA ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report.

Fiba To Lift Japan Ban

FIBA to lift Japan banBasketball’s governing body FIBA held a general board meeting on Friday and agreed on plans to fully lift its sanctions against Japan.
The decision means both the men’s and women’s national teams would be able to represent Japan in qualifiers for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 while also taking part in international warm-up games.

Shigeru Ban

Shigeru BanShigeru Ban (? ? Ban Shigeru) (born 1957) is an accomplished Japanese and international architect, most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard paper tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. Shigeru Ban was the winner in 2005 at age 48 of the 40th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was profiled by Time Magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.

Sony Won’t Ban Ps4 Consoles That Ship Ahead Of Schedule

Sony Won’t Ban PS4 Consoles That Ship Ahead Of ScheduleIts not entirely impossible for one of this year’s hotly anticipated products to ship ahead of schedule.
The PS4 launches November 15th in the U.S. and on November 29th in Europe. Yoshida confirmed through Twitter, in a response to a query, that Sony won’t ban any PS4 console that’s shipped ahead of schedule.

Soccer: J-league Cools Off Red-hot Marquinhos With 2-game Ban

Soccer: J-League cools off red-hot Marquinhos with 2-game banYokohama F Marinos striker Marquinhos won't be scoring for at least the next two games.

The former J-League MVP, who has been on fire this spring with six goals in four games, received a two-match ban on Thursday for arguing with the referee after he was sent off in Marinos' 1-0 Nabisco Cup win the previous night.

Ministry Seeks Sales Ban On Raw Beef Livers

Ministry seeks sales ban on raw beef liversThe health ministry plans to ban sales of beef livers for raw consumption as early as in June to prevent food poisoning caused by potentially fatal E. coli bacteria, sources said.

The ban would be imposed under the Food Sanitation Law, with violators facing a maximum two-year prison term or a fine of up to 2 million yen ($24,096).