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Fuji eruption could force 567,000 people to evacuate

Jan 30, 2013

Fuji eruption could force 567,000 people to evacuate

An eruption of Mount Fuji could force some 567,000 people to evacuate their homes, according to a new estimate. The projection is part of an evacuation plan crafted by the Shizuoka Prefectural Government that also says more than 130,000 people, comprising some 50,000 households, ...

Abe adviser Hamada wants more pliant BOJ

Jan 30, 2013

Abe adviser Hamada wants more pliant BOJ

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With his harsh criticism of the Bank of Japan in the spotlight, Shinzo Abe's economic brain, Koichi Hamada, says it is a big step forward for the central bank to finally adopt the new prime minister's 2 percent inflation target.

Jan 30, 2013

Stockpile of artificial stem cells in works

Kyoto University professor Shinya Yamanaka has revealed that a project to stockpile artificially derived stem cells for clinical research will start in early February. The project is intended to create induced pluripotent stem cells from the blood of people with rare cell forms, known ...

Jan 30, 2013

Defense outlays see first rise in 11 years

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government said Tuesday it will effectively expand defense spending for the first time in 11 years in its draft fiscal 2013 budget, in the wake of the growing assertiveness of China around Japan-controlled islets in the East China Sea. The ...

Keidanren to Rengo: No raises

Jan 30, 2013

Keidanren to Rengo: No raises

Annual wage negotiations got under way Tuesday as leaders of the nation’s most powerful business lobby and the biggest umbrella labor body met in Tokyo to discuss pay for the coming business year. Tough negotiations are expected following the meeting between Keidanren Chairman Hiromasa ...

Timbuktu gives French-led force hero's welcome

Jan 30, 2013

Timbuktu gives French-led force hero's welcome

French-led forces received a hero’s welcome as they entered Mali’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu but not before fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts. Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as French ...

Jan 30, 2013

Turning the page on history books

Textbook publishers may one day no longer have to give "special consideration" to neighboring Asian nations when describing historical events they might find offensive.