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Nov 29, 2012

Iraq boss Zico quits over 'breach'

Former Japan manager Zico announced his resignation as Iraq manager Tuesday while the team is still taking part in the qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup, citing a “breach” by the country’s soccer federation. Zico, who coached Japan to the 2006 World Cup ...

Firm offering 3-D models of fetuses

Nov 29, 2012

Firm offering 3-D models of fetuses

by Miwa Suzuki

Expectant parents who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3-D model of the fetus to pass around to their friends. The 9-cm resin model of the white fetus, encased in a transparent block in ...

Nov 29, 2012

New envoy to U.S. vows to push TPP discussions

Newly appointed Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae pledged Tuesday to advance bilateral talks with Washington over Tokyo’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade initiative, while downplaying a territorial row with China over the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands. “If Japan sits back, Asia’s economic ...

Nov 29, 2012

Kada's party sets 2022 end for atomic power

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada said Wednesday her new party, once made official, will pledge to phase out nuclear power within 10 years, aiming to make energy a key issue in the Dec. 16 election. “We’ll abolish nuclear power plants as soon as possible. My ...

Nov 29, 2012

Cesium-cleanup cloth made cheaper

The University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science and nonwoven fabrics maker Ozu Corp. said Tuesday they have succeeded in mass-producing a cloth that adsorbs radioactive cesium in water. The team plans to sell it to regional governments in areas contaminated by radioactive fallout ...

Nov 29, 2012

Kim's sushi chef hopes to bring Yokota back

The sushi chef who served the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said he hopes to bring Megumi Yokota, one of the Japanese abducted to North Korea, back to Japan. “It is my dream to bring (her) back, as a bridge between Japan ...

Nov 29, 2012

Germans honor Hiroshima's Akiba

Former Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba will receive the 2013 Otto Hahn Peace Medal, a prominent German honor, the United Nations Association of Germany announced. Akiba, 70, was noted for his continued calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons and promotion of peace while he ...

Boat with five corpses runs aground on Sado

Nov 29, 2012

Boat with five corpses runs aground on Sado

A wooden boat containing five decomposing corpses and with Korean characters on its side washed ashore on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, police said Wednesday, prompting speculation the vessel came from North Korea. Also found in the 13-meter boat were belongings and ...

Ishin would ease SDF weapons curbs

Nov 29, 2012

Ishin would ease SDF weapons curbs

The party led by former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara will call for a relaxation of long-standing restrictions on overseas use of weapons by the Self-Defense Forces in its platform for next month’s election, sources said Wednesday. The Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) ...

Nov 29, 2012

'Legal' narcotics loophole to close

The government said Wednesday it will introduce a comprehensive ban on substances that are chemically similar to prohibited narcotics but are technically legal. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will introduce the catch-all system as early as February after soliciting public comments, officials said. ...

Nov 29, 2012

Governor poll puts legacy of Ishihara to the test

by Mizuho Aoki

The campaign for the Dec. 16 gubernatorial election kicks off Thursday in Tokyo, with the focus on whether candidates will carry on the policies of former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. As of Tuesday, eight had announced their candidacies, including Tokyo Vice Gov. Naoki Inose, ...

Narita airport foes' huts razed

Nov 29, 2012

Narita airport foes' huts razed

Work crews on Wednesday began demolishing two huts built in 1971 on land earmarked for Narita International Airport, relics of the radical protests over the building of the airport. The structures are a legacy of bloody protests that left police officers dead as homemade ...

'Teishi Terashima: Adolescent Realism'

Nov 29, 2012

"Teishi Terashima: Adolescent Realism"

by Tomohiro Osaki

Born in 1905, Teishi Terashima lived in Moscow and Paris during his 20s, working as a socialist painter in pursuit of absolute realism. He is perhaps best known for his vivid depiction of working-class adolescent girls. Back in Japan, he collaborated with art director ...

Driftwood violins keep prequake memories alive

Nov 29, 2012

Driftwood violins keep prequake memories alive

by Noriko Miyoshi

When an internationally-acclaimed Polish violinist performed at a Japanese music festival in early November, the instrument played was not a Stradivarius or other prized violin. It was assembled from driftwood. After his performance at the Ikoma International Music Festival in Nara Prefecture, violinist Nicolas ...

Nov 29, 2012

2.5D wants to change how you see Japan

by Shaun Mckenna

A crowd much smaller than solo-guitarist Miyavi is accustomed to has gathered to hear an intimate set at the 2.5D studio in Shibuya’s Parco Part 1 building. About a third of the 80 or so people have gathered around the stage so close that ...