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You read about them here first

Jan 27, 2013

You read about them here first

by Edan Corkill

Ever since 1897 The Japan Times has reported daily in English on people, places and goings-on in and beyond this country. During those 116 years, our articles have often included information that never made it into the Japanese-language press — as in 1934, when ...

Jan 27, 2013

ANA to cancel 379 flights in February over Boeing 787 problems

All Nippon Airways Co. announced Saturday that it will cancel 379 flights in February due to the worldwide grounding of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliners. ANA said the cancellation from Feb. 1 of 245 flights on domestic routes over 12 days and 134 on international ...

Evessa give Cartwright winning debut

Jan 27, 2013

Evessa give Cartwright winning debut

by Ed Odeven

Call it a successful start. Longtime NBA big man and former Chicago Bulls head coach Bill Cartwright guided the Osaka Evessa to a victory in his first game in charge on Saturday. The Evessa, who beat the visiting Miyazaki Shining Suns 83-73, had five ...

Jan 27, 2013

Germany set to host Nadeshiko

Germany will host Women’s World Cup champion Nadeshiko Japan in a friendly at Munich’s Allianz Arena on June 29, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced Friday. The German squad will use the game, at the home of Bayern Munich, as a warmup for the ...

Jan 27, 2013

Viagra-green tea cocktail combats cancer: study

Erectile dysfunction drugs and a phenol found in green tea may be effective in fighting cancer when administered together, according to research on mice conducted by a Kyushu University academic. In the study published Friday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, professor Hirofumi Tachibana ...

Jan 27, 2013

Tokyo to aid Africa antiterrorism fight

Senior Japanese and U.S. officials have agreed to cooperate to improve the capabilities of northwest African countries to combat militant groups as part of a regionwide counterterrorism campaign. The agreement, reached at a meeting Friday in Washington between Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro ...

Jan 27, 2013

Abe, Merkel discuss monetary steps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has explained his government’s drastic monetary measures to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who voiced concern about the unorthodox policy earlier in the week, government officials said. Abe’s remarks during the 20-minute phone call Friday were aimed at reassuring Berlin after ...

Jan 27, 2013

Inose rejects Tepco cancellation fee

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose has balked at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s demand that the metropolitan government pay ¥5.18 billion to cancel its contract to sell the utility electricity from its hydropower plants. Inose hinted that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which intends to select a ...

Davos hears shot Pakistan student 'inspired children'

Jan 26, 2013

Davos hears shot Pakistan student 'inspired children'

The bravery of shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai has inspired children around the world to fight for a better education, key figures in a U.N. campaign said Friday. Hosting a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, U.N. special education envoy and former ...

Jan 26, 2013

Tourism jumped 34.6% in 2012

The number of overseas visitors last year jumped an estimated 34.6 percent from 2011 to 8.368 million, the second-highest level on record, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. The figure, which fell short of the record 8.611 million travelers seen in 2010, shows Japan’s ...

Jan 26, 2013

Cuttlefish could be key to revolutionary camouflage technology

Cuttlefish are ugly-cute. With their big eyes, stubby tentacles and bulbous head, they look like creatures from an H.P. Lovecraft horror story. When they move forward, rippling their fins underneath their body, they resemble prehistoric flying saucers. And they hunt at night and are ...