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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, ...

Jan 30, 2013

Foreign workforce in Japan down 0.6% in October

The number of foreign workers in the country as of Oct. 31 was down 0.6 percent from a year earlier as the automobile and other manufacturing sectors scaled back amid the global economic slowdown, government data showed Tuesday. The foreign workforce fell to 682,450 ...

Abe adviser Hamada wants more pliant BOJ

Jan 30, 2013

Abe adviser Hamada wants more pliant BOJ

by Hiroko Nakata

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 ...

Jan 30, 2013

Japan wins silver medal at international patisserie contest

A team of Japan’s leading pastry professionals won the silver medal Monday in a international competition in Lyon, the first medal for Japan since winning gold at the biennial event in 2007. Twenty-two teams from five continents took part in the two-day Coupe du ...

Jan 30, 2013

Nagai eager for play in Belgium

Japanese Olympic team striker Kensuke Nagai said Monday he is hoping to use his lightning pace as a weapon after being unveiled by 10-time Belgian champions Standard Liege. “Speed is my weapon and hopefully I can show that with my new club,” said Nagai, ...

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 ...

Lawmaker looks at risks of populism

Jan 30, 2013

Lawmaker looks at risks of populism

by Minoru Matsutani

Shizuoka Prefecture should hold a referendum for its citizens to decide whether the Hamaoka nuclear power plant should be restarted, assembly member Takuya Abe said. Operations at the Chubu Electric Power Co. plant were halted after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant ...