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A-bomb sidelined foreign students honored

Dec 28, 2012

A-bomb sidelined foreign students honored

Hiroshima University will bestow honorary doctorates on three of its former students from Southeast Asia who were forced to quit their studies after the city’s 1945 atomic bombing. Pengiran Yusuf, 89, a former prime minister of Brunei, Hasan Rahaya, 90, a former member of ...

Mourners bid farewell to Kabuki master Kanzaburo

Dec 28, 2012

Mourners bid farewell to Kabuki master Kanzaburo

Mourners gathered Thursday at a Tokyo temple to bid farewell to Nakamura Kanzaburo, the late kabuki master whose talent as an actor and producer helped broaden the popularity of the traditional Japanese performing art. The funeral for Kanzaburo, who died Dec. 5 at age ...

Dec 28, 2012

Sony Corp. lends unused buildings in Miyagi to disaster-hit companies

Sony Corp. recently began lending its unused buildings in Miyagi Prefecture to companies hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami to help their recovery. Local companies devastated by the disaster are working to rebuild their businesses at Sony’s Sendai Technology Center in Tagajo, ...

| Dec 28, 2012

Savor the symbolism at New Year's

by Makiko Itoh

New Year’s is the most important holiday on the Japanese calendar. And as befitting such an important festival, the food traditionally served is lavish and elaborate. At the centerpiece of the New Year’s feast, which traditionally went on for as long as seven days, ...

Dec 28, 2012

Students survive river capsizings

Eighteen high school students survived being thrown into chilly waters when their single-scull boats capsized in sudden strong winds Wednesday on a river in Chiba Prefecture, police said. The 18 swam to the bank on their own or were rescued by others. Five girls ...

Dec 28, 2012

U.S. vows to forge a close relationship

The Obama administration will seek to forge a close relationship with the new Liberal Democratic Party-led government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a U.S. State Department official said. “We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Japan and its new prime minister and ...

Japan's female directors make a strong showing

| Dec 28, 2012

Japan's female directors make a strong showing

by Mark Schilling

Female Japanese directors were once like those rare species periodically discovered in Asian jungles and immediately labeled endangered. This year, however, in their highly individual ways, they made some of Japan’s strongest, most ambitious films. By now the only thing endangered is local industry ...

Secom tests eye in sky crime drone

Dec 28, 2012

Secom tests eye in sky crime drone

Security services company Secom Co. on Wednesday unveiled a helicopterlike drone prototype it said can detect and videotape suspicious vehicles and people breaking into the premises of a shop, warehouse, factory or other properties. Equipped with four propellers, the machine, which is 60 cm ...

Dec 28, 2012

Marubeni joins in Bangladesh power

Marubeni Corp. said Thursday it has landed an order from the Bangladesh Power Development Board to build a 400-megawatt gas-based combined-cycle power plant in Bibiyana in conjunction with South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. The contract was signed Wednesday in the Bangladeshi capital, ...

Dec 28, 2012

Nagasaki-Shanghai ship service suspended indefinitely amid isles row

A cruise ship operator said Thursday that service between Nagasaki and Shanghai will be suspended indefinitely as long as territorial tensions linger between Japan and China. HTB Cruise Co. suspended services in October after a sharp fall in reservations caused by the Senkakus dispute. ...

Dec 28, 2012

Struggling Plushenko earns title

Yevgeny Plushenko overcame severe back pain to clinch his 10th Russian figure skating title on Wednesday on the same Sochi ice where the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place. Former triple world champion Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist, who was leading the men’s ...

Lawson eyes Thailand as base for Asian operations

Dec 28, 2012

Lawson eyes Thailand as base for Asian operations

Lawson Inc. President Takeshi Niinami said in a recent interview that the convenience store chain will enter the Thai market in fiscal 2013, a move he hopes will serve as a springboard for a push into Myanmar and other emerging markets in Southeast Asia. ...

China expresses reservations about Abe's return to power

Dec 28, 2012

China expresses reservations about Abe's return to power

Caution and a wait-and-see attitude characterize the reaction in China to the launch Wednesday of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with some speculating the security hawk may employ a pragmatic approach to Beijing after improving ties during his first term from September ...

Dec 28, 2012

Eagles to keep Jones despite arrest

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who recently signed former major league star Andruw Jones, said Thursday they had no plans to cancel the deal after he was arrested on suspicion of battering his wife. The Curacao-born outfielder, 35, was held early Christmas morning at ...

Dec 28, 2012

Dollar hits 27-month high near ¥86

The dollar hit a 27-month high near ¥86 in Tokyo trading Thursday, as new Finance Minister Taro Aso fueled market expectations of a continued weakening of the yen. At 5 p.m., the U.S. currency was quoted at ¥85.64-64, up from ¥85.35-35 at the same ...