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Nov 29, 2012

Egypt protests highlight growing political divide

Egyptian opposition forces rallied across the country Tuesday and into early Wednesday in the biggest show of dissent against the country’s first democratically elected leader since he precipitated a political crisis last week with an apparent bid to assume near-absolute power. A loose coalition ...

Nov 28, 2012

U.S. sailors handed drink ban

The U.S. Navy has banned its personnel on all bases in Japan from drinking alcohol at night as part of efforts to enforce stricter discipline in response to a series of crimes by U.S. military personnel. U.S. Naval Forces Japan spokesman Cmdr. Kenneth Marshall ...

Nov 28, 2012

Kepco's electricity bill increase has industries worried

Companies operating in Kansai Electric Power Co.’s service area are voicing strong concern about the utility’s plan to raise its rates. Kepco said Monday it will raise rates for corporate customers by an average of 19.23 percent starting in April while seeking government approval ...

Nov 28, 2012

Rebuilding ebbs; OECD cuts outlook

The OECD club of rich nations on Tuesday lowered its projections for Japan’s economic growth, citing waning government spending on reconstruction following the March 2011 disasters and the world economic downturn. The OECD said in its semiannual report that Japan’s economy would expand 1.6 ...

41,000 Hokkaido homes lose power

Nov 28, 2012

41,000 Hokkaido homes lose power

Strong winds and blizzard conditions knocked out electricity for around 41,000 households in southern Hokkaido early Tuesday as a large low-pressure system hit the area, Hokkaido Electric Power Co. and the Meteorological Agency said. The storm left at least three people injured, according to ...

Nov 28, 2012

University grad hiring up for second year, to 63%

A little more than 63 percent of university students who will graduate next spring had landed a job offer as of Oct. 1, up 3.2 percentage points from a year earlier, a government survey released Tuesday shows. It was the second rise in two ...

| Nov 28, 2012

Noda orders new ¥880 billion stimulus

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will approve an ¥880 billion emergency plan Friday to boost the stagnant economy, forging the second extra spending package in two months, officials said Tuesday. Since the Lower House has been dissolved for a general election, the ...

Nov 28, 2012

Rebuilding projects not linked to disaster halted

The government said Tuesday it will halt 35 projects budgeted to support the recovery from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami because they are not directly related to the disasters. The suspended projects funded under the fiscal 2011 and 2012 budgets are worth ¥16.8 ...

| Nov 28, 2012

DPJ platform: TPP, end of reactors

by Masami Ito

The Democratic Party of Japan unveiled on Tuesday its policy platform for the Dec. 16 Lower House election, vowing to end use of nuclear power by the 2030s and promote participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord. Suffering a low public support rate, the ...

Ramen eateries catch on in London

Nov 28, 2012

Ramen eateries catch on in London

by Richard Sunley

Ramen has finally begun to tickle the taste buds of hungry Britons in London. Despite the popularity of ramen around the world in cities such as New York and Paris, Britain has long suffered from a curious paucity of good ramen, particularly given the ...

Nov 28, 2012

Civil servant housing rents to be doubled

The Finance Ministry plans to nearly double the rent for housing for national public servants in response to criticism that the prices are too low when compared with private-sector housing. The ministry also officially unveiled Monday a plan to scrap some 56,000 of 218,000 ...

Nov 28, 2012

Second round with North Korea set

Japan and North Korea will hold another round of talks between senior officials Dec. 5 and 6 in Beijing to deepen discussions about issues of interest to both sides, the government said Tuesday. Japan will be represented by Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of the ...

Nov 28, 2012

Hiroshima bigwigs slam Ishihara

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki and Mayor Kazumi Matsui on Tuesday condemned remarks by Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leader Shintaro Ishihara that the government should conduct a simulation to assess the potential impact of the country acquiring nuclear weapons. Yuzaki told a ...

Nov 28, 2012

Senior Taiwan official dies in crash

A senior Taiwanese official and members of her family died after their rental car collided with a truck while vacationing in Hokkaido, police said. The accident Friday killed Chung Lung, 65, a high-ranking official in Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, her 23-year-old son and 37-year-old ...

| Nov 28, 2012

Cerebral Paul a true renaissance man

by Sam Smith

You don’t hear much profound in sports locker room these days, even about sports. You hear about “rhythm,” and “momentum” and playing them “one at a time.” So it was a delight to listen to Chris Paul the other day. The Los Angeles Clippers ...

Nov 28, 2012

November accolades

Sendai 89ers coach Bob Pierce has challenged forward Takuya Komoda to be more assertive offensively, and it’s starting to pay off. Komoda was 7-for-16 from the field in both weekend games against the host Gunma Crane Thunders, helping the 89ers (5-7) earn a sweep. ...