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Jorginho to leave Antlers after one season

Nov 30, 2012

Jorginho to leave Antlers after one season

Jorginho will step down as manager of Kashima Antlers at the end of this season, the seven-time J. League champions said on Thursday. The club decided not to renew the contract of the 48-year-old Brazilian World Cup winner after holding negotiations regarding next season ...

Fujitsu unveils smartphone to gauge skin condition

Nov 30, 2012

Fujitsu unveils smartphone to gauge skin condition

A mobile phone that monitors the user’s skin condition, checking for blemishes and color, was unveiled in beauty-conscious Japan on Thursday. The Hada Memori (skin memory) program allows women to keep tabs on their complexion and track changes over time by storing records in ...

Peach Aviation passes 1 million passenger milestone

Nov 30, 2012

Peach Aviation passes 1 million passenger milestone

Peach Aviation Ltd. logged its 1 millionth passenger Thursday in a ceremony at Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture. The budget carrier, partially owned by All Nippon Airways Co., said seat occupancy since it began flying in March was at about 77 percent as of ...

Nov 30, 2012

China calls for Japan emission cuts

A senior Chinese climate change negotiator called for Japan’s continuous commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions. Japan is obliged to maintain a high emission cut target even if it faces difficulty fulfilling its past pledge, Su Wei, deputy chief of China’s delegation to U.N. ...

Nov 30, 2012

Stem cell researchers target leukemia

A research team of Japanese universities says it has succeeded in producing iPS cells carrying rare genetic traits of people with propensity to develop leukemia. The team hopes that their induced pluripotent stem cells will break new ground for studying the root causes of ...

'Karasu no Oyayubi (Crow's Thumb)'

Nov 30, 2012

'Karasu no Oyayubi (Crow's Thumb)'

by Mark Schilling

Genres come with expectations, often advertised right on the poster. The one for Tadafumi Ito’s “Karasu no Oyayubi (Crow’s Thumb)” shows star Hiroshi Abe and his supporting cast looking well dressed and mostly wised-up, which makes good genre sense since they are playing con ...

Nov 30, 2012

Pair busted over drugs from Kenya

Police said Wednesday they have arrested two Nigerians on suspicion of smuggling around 4 kg of stimulant drugs from Kenya and later seized illegal drugs with a street value of ¥1.5 billion. Okafor Stanley Okezie, 39, living in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, and Nwozor Mark ...

Nov 30, 2012

Ponting to retire from test cricket

Australia’s highest test run-scorer and former captain Ricky Ponting has announced he will retire from test cricket. The 38-year-old former said Thursday the third test against South Africa starting Friday will be his last. Ponting will equal Steve Waugh’s record of 168 test appearances ...

Campaign begins to succeed Ishihara

Nov 30, 2012

Campaign begins to succeed Ishihara

by Mizuho Aoki

Campaigning officially started Thursday for the Dec. 16 Tokyo gubernatorial election as candidates crisscrossed the capital to make speeches vowing to make the metropolis a better place. The poll will be held on the same day as the general election — for the first ...

Bardem brings the sky down on James Bond

Nov 30, 2012

Bardem brings the sky down on James Bond

by George Hadley-Garcia

“I am so bad that I’m taking the heat off of James Bond,” laughs Javier Bardem, whose MI6 operative-turned-cyberterrorist in the film “Skyfall” is winning plaudits as the best 007 villain in a decade. What the Spanish actor is getting at is that his ...

| Nov 30, 2012

Lawyers' appeal to halt Dec. 16 election also fails

The Tokyo High Court has rejected a suit filed by lawyers seeking an injunction to halt the Dec. 16 general election on grounds the Supreme Court has ruled the vote weight disparity between constituencies is in “a state of unconstitutionality.” “There are no (applicable) ...

Abe: Let retired SDF warships defend Senkakus

| Nov 30, 2012

Abe: Let retired SDF warships defend Senkakus

Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe proposed Thursday using retired Self-Defense Forces vessels to defend the uninhabited Senkaku Islands. Retired vessels and SDF reserves should be transferred to the Japan Coast Guard to protect the islets, he said in a Tokyo speech. “It will ...

Nov 30, 2012

Harvard professor Nye voices concern about nationalist moves

Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant defense secretary and renowned Japan expert, voiced concern Wednesday about what he sees as more nationalistic and inward-looking attitudes in Japan. “Japanese public opinion is shifting to the right and in a more nationalistic direction” ahead of the ...

Nov 30, 2012

Seoul top yearend travel destination

Seoul is the favorite overseas destination for yearend and New Year travel among Japanese for the third straight year despite soured ties between Japan and South Korea over disputed Sea of Japan islets, a JTB Corp. survey has revealed. Bangkok ranks second, unchanged from ...

| Nov 30, 2012

Kada's party eyes ¥310,000 per-child yearly benefit

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada said Thursday her just-launched political party plans to include annual child benefits worth ¥310,000 per head in its policy pledges for the Dec. 16 House of Representatives election. Kada told reporters in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, that the party, Nippon Mirai ...