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Jan 25, 2013

Industry seeks nuke restarts

Nine industry bodies, including the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and the Japan Mining Industry Association, urged the government Thursday to swiftly restart the nation’s atomic reactors and take steps to prevent higher electricity charges from impacting their businesses. The groups submitted a petition ...

Jan 25, 2013

Kansai's cutting-edge small firms turn attention to markets abroad

Smaller businesses based in the Kansai region are looking overseas with their cutting-edge technologies as the domestic market shrinks. One example is crossEffect Inc., which has three-dimensional computer tomographic technology for producing models identical to the original objects, including the human heart. Masatoshi Takeda, ...

Jan 25, 2013

Yahoo Dome gets new name

The Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks said Friday the ballpark formerly known as Yahoo Dome will have a new name starting Feb. 1. From February, the facility will be named after Yahoo Auctions. According to a release from Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Marketing Corp., the ...

Jan 25, 2013

Noted scholar Kyoko Iriye Selden dies in U.S.

by Hiroaki Sato

Kyoko Iriye Selden, a scholar and teacher at Cornell University, died in Ithaca, New York, on Sunday at the age of 76 after contracting pneumonia. Born on Oct. 2, 1936, in Tokyo, Iriye graduated in 1959 with top honors from the English department of ...

Jan 25, 2013

Sony, NEC, Nissan urged to merge units into lithium-ion powerhouse

The corporate turnaround fund Innovation Network Corp. of Japan is encouraging Sony Corp., NEC Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to merge their lithium-ion battery businesses in the face of intensifying international competition, sources said Friday. The state-backed fund and the firms may reach a ...

Naming slain captives raises privacy issues

Jan 25, 2013

Naming slain captives raises privacy issues

by Masami Ito

The victims’ right to privacy was pitted against the public’s right to know as the media pressed for the names of the Algerian hostage crisis victims to be disclosed while the government and JGC Corp. remained tight-lipped, but Tokyo finally caved Friday, revealing the ...

Harumafuji moves closer to title

Jan 25, 2013

Harumafuji moves closer to title

His difficult yokozuna debut at the Kyushu Basho now a distant memory, Harumafuji outfoxed ozeki Kisenosato on Friday to move within one win of his third championship title in four meets at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian firebrand was quick on ...

Solar lanterns brighten future for Afghans

Jan 25, 2013

Solar lanterns brighten future for Afghans

by Masami Ito

Where would we be without light when night falls? It is hard to imagine all of the constraints during the long hours of darkness before the sun rises again — no work, no study and no recreation. But this is the reality for people ...

Jan 25, 2013

Cabinet will skip 'Takeshima Day'

No Cabinet minister is expected to attend a ceremony in Shimane in February to commemorate the day the Takeshima Islands, now held by South Korea, were incorporated as part of Japan in 1905 in the prelude to Japan’s takeover of the Korean Peninsula, Senior ...

Jan 25, 2013

Okayama man accused of emailing death threat to Abe

Police on Friday turned over to prosecutors their case against a 25-year-old man in Okayama Prefecture who last year allegedly emailed a death threat to Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe, the current prime minister, as well as other intimidating messages to other targets. ...

Jan 25, 2013

Japan's toll highest in hostage crisis

Japanese nationals accounted for the largest number of foreign hostages killed during last week’s dramatic standoff with Islamic militants in southeastern Algeria, with Tokyo confirming the 10th victim Thursday. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 hostages from eight overseas countries were ...

Jan 25, 2013

Hitachi Zosen to get nuke fuel firm

Hitachi Zosen Corp. said Friday it will acquire NAC International Inc., a U.S. nuclear fuel cycle consultancy that manages spent fuel, to help develop its nuclear equipment business. The Japanese shipbuilder said subsidiary Hitz Holdings U.S.A. Inc. will purchase all of NAC’s outstanding shares ...

Jan 25, 2013

CD output up first time in 14 years

The volume and value of CDs that Japanese music labels issued in 2012 rose from the previous year for the first time in 14 years, thanks to the popularity of the all-female pop group AKB48 and strong sales of greatest-hits albums, an industry association ...

Jan 25, 2013

Gunze enters solar power business

Apparel firm Gunze Ltd. said Friday it is jumping into the solar power business with an investment of about ¥1.7 billion and will use the feed-in-tariff scheme for promoting renewable energy. Photovoltaic power generation panels with a capacity of 5.4 megawatts will be installed ...