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49 articles published/printed


Jan 29, 2013

12-year term urged in Somalis' piracy trial

by Masami Ito

Prosecutors on Monday demanded 12-year prison terms for two Somalis being tried on charges of boarding and attempting to hijack a Bahama-registered oil tanker operated by a Japanese company in the Indian Ocean in 2011. This is the first case being prosecuted under the ...

Privacy goggles fool hidden facial-recognition cameras

Jan 29, 2013

Privacy goggles fool hidden facial-recognition cameras

A “privacy visor” that uses infrared light to interfere with facial recognition technology has been developed to thwart the steady rise in computer-based surveillance in Japan. The goggles are useful for anyone who wants to avoid being recognized by hidden surveillance cameras, the inventors ...

Okinawa leaders urge Abe to remove Osprey

Jan 29, 2013

Okinawa leaders urge Abe to remove Osprey

About 30 municipal heads in Okinawa urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to rescind the government’s approval of the MV-22 Osprey deployment at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The chiefs, including Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga and Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, handed the ...

Jan 29, 2013

Tohoku's tourism rebound below 80% of prequake level

Tourism levels at hotels and inns in the Tohoku region, which was clobbered by the March 2011 megaquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, remained below 80 percent of their prequake levels in the first half of fiscal 2012, the Japan Tourism Agency said Monday. Lingering ...

Insects no longer just for the boys

Jan 29, 2013

Insects no longer just for the boys

Bugs are no longer just for the boys anymore — studying insects has become a hobby for women, too. “It’s so much fun, quietly moving up close to insects and taking closeup photos of their tiny faces,” said Tamaki Morita, a 30-year-old office worker ...

Low turnout may invalidate Bulgarian nuclear referendum

Jan 29, 2013

Low turnout may invalidate Bulgarian nuclear referendum

A vote on whether to build a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, the EU member’s first referendum since the end of communism in 1989, looked set to fail Sunday because of insufficient turnout. Final exit poll counts showed that between 20.5 and 21.8 ...

North's missiles tied to Musharraf blunder

Jan 29, 2013

North's missiles tied to Musharraf blunder

A retired Pakistani nuclear scientist has claimed that former Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s 1999 military adventurism in the Kargil region of divided Kashmir failed in part because the North Korea-aided, nuclear-capable Ghauri missiles he wanted to deploy then had a faulty guidance system. ...

Jan 29, 2013

China blogger gets surprise police visit

Two months after exposing a scandal involving sex tapes, blackmail and lucrative government contracts that got 11 officials fired, blogger Zhu Ruifeng received a surprise visit from Chinese security officials Sunday night. “They are standing outside my door right now, knocking and even kicking ...

Jan 29, 2013

Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force

The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, more than quadrupling its size to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials. The ...