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Jan 30, 2013

Hitler comedy novel a German hit

Eighty years after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, a novel that imagines his return to modern-day Berlin has become a best-seller in Germany, though a comedy about the Fuehrer is not to everyone’s taste. Instead of committing suicide in his bunker on April 30, ...

Jan 30, 2013

Fukushima firm builds fan own steam engine

An engineering company in Fukushima Prefecture has built the first steam locomotive in Japan in some 20 years, fulfilling an order from a railroad fan eager to do something to support reconstruction in the disaster-hit prefecture. The 4.6-meter-long, 1.5-meter-wide and 2.5-meter-tall engine was put ...

South Africa envoy says Japan needs to reinvent itself

Jan 30, 2013

South Africa envoy says Japan needs to reinvent itself

Mohau Pheko, South Africa’s ambassador to Japan since January 2012, said Japan is a “technologically blessed” country that has been an important international trend-setter but now “faces the big challenge of elevating itself to the next level.” Citing growing competition with emerging powers, including ...

Jan 30, 2013

Office to close Gitmo quietly shuttered

The U.S. State Department has shut down the office of its special envoy for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. official said Monday, in a sign of the fading hopes of shuttering the prison. Daniel Fried, the special envoy in charge of the ...

Equipment assembly for nuclear fusion test begins

Jan 30, 2013

Equipment assembly for nuclear fusion test begins

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is assembling equipment for an experiment to help achieve nuclear fusion power generation. The work began Monday, and the equipment will be assembled over six years at the agency’s Naka Fusion Institute in Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture. The experiment, scheduled ...

Calls grow for U.S. to release first WTC bomber

Jan 30, 2013

Calls grow for U.S. to release first WTC bomber

Before bin Laden, there was the blind sheik. A generation ago, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman stood as the embodiment of Islamist terrorism: a bearded, religious extremist with a trademark red and white cap and dark sunglasses who helped orchestrate the first bombing of the ...

Jan 30, 2013

Abe suggests a Japan-China summit is needed to mend ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Tuesday it is necessary for the leaders of Japan and China to hold talks and improve bilateral relations soured by the Senkaku territorial dispute, and that North Korea will face a “strict response” if it conducts another nuclear test. ...

Jan 30, 2013

¥156 billion for nuclear projects

The government earmarked Tuesday ¥156.4 billion for the industry ministry to accelerate efforts to scrap the Fukushima No. 1 plant’s reactors and support companies seeking to export nuclear technologies in the draft budget for the next fiscal year. About ¥4.2 billion will go to ...

Jan 30, 2013

BOJ opposed inflation target in '02

An overwhelming majority of Bank of Japan policymakers in 2002, including then-Gov. Masaru Hayami, opposed introducing an inflation target, the minutes of a policy meeting covering July to December 2002 showed Tuesday. “Such a policy is not appropriate, as it would expose the economy ...

Jan 30, 2013

Jones aims to provide power for Eagles

Andruw Jones is hoping he can be an effective addition to the lineup after he was introduced to the press by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Tuesday along with another former New York Yankee Casey McGehee. Jones, a five-time MLB All-Star, said he ...

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

Ex-yokozuna Taiho to receive special honor posthumously

The government decided Tuesday to give the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to former yokozuna Taiho, who died on Jan. 19 at the age of 72. The sumo legend, whose real name was Koki Naya, won a record 32 tournaments, ...