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Jan 30, 2013

Apple releases iOS 6.1 for devices

Apple said Monday it was releasing updated mobile software for the iPhone and iPad that makes it easier for users to get on high-speed networks. The iOS 6.1 version, which updates the one released last year, includes Apple’s own maps program, which drew scorn ...

Jan 30, 2013

Winged Foot to host 2020 U.S. Open

Winged Foot Golf Club in suburban Mamaroneck was named host of the 2020 U.S. Open on Monday by the U.S. Golf Association, marking the sixth time the club has hosted the major championship. The most recent time the U.S. Open was staged at Winged ...

Jan 30, 2013

Abe to try building trust in Okinawa

With the long-stalled plan to relocate the Futenma military base expected to top the agenda, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Okinawa on Saturday for the first time since forming his Cabinet in late December, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. During the ...

Jan 30, 2013

NEC joins hands with China's ICBC

NEC Corp. said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to tie up over sales of its point-of-sales terminals. The agreement was reached amid growing demand for POS terminals in the Chinese market as consumers there increasingly ...

Jan 30, 2013

Longer sentences for juveniles urged

An advisory body to the justice minister has urged that the maximum term juveniles may serve for crimes be raised to 20 years from the current 15. Under current law, an offender under 18 can receive a sentence of 10 to 15 years in ...

Jan 30, 2013

Congress OKs Sandy aid, 13 weeks on

Congress on Monday finally approved more than $50 billion in emergency disaster aid for Hurricane Sandy, 13 weeks after the superstorm ravaged much of the coastal U.S. northeast. The bill, approved earlier this month by the House, comes after a nearly monthlong delay triggered ...

Jan 30, 2013

7-11 turning to self-service coffee

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will introduce self-service coffee machines in around 15,000 stores in Japan by the end of August, with the basic cup going for ¥100. The major convenience store chain said Monday it will aim to sell 330 million cups of coffee annually ...

Jan 30, 2013

Lee criticized for pardoning aides

Outgoing South Korean President Lee Myung Bak on Tuesday brushed off criticism from his successor and handed out pardons to a host of former close aides and confidantes jailed for corruption. The special pardons for 55 people included Lee’s longtime confidante and former Minister ...

Jan 30, 2013

JAL ties up with Russian airline S7

Japan Airlines Co. and Russia’s S7 Airlines are starting joint flight operations on routes linking Tokyo and the eastern Russian cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, Russian sources said Monday. JAL will be selling seats on S7-operated flights on the routes starting Wednesday, while S7 ...

Jan 29, 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.

Jan 29, 2013

12-year term urged in Somalis' piracy trial

by Masami Ito

Prosecutors on Monday demanded 12-year prison terms for two Somalis being tried on charges of boarding and attempting to hijack a Bahama-registered oil tanker operated by a Japanese company in the Indian Ocean in 2011. This is the first case being prosecuted under the ...

Tanaka begins major league quest

Jan 29, 2013

Tanaka begins major league quest

Veteran lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi returned to serious throwing for the first time in three months on Monday. The 32-year-old Sugiuchi, who felt pain in his shoulder toward the end of last season, did not pitch as the Yomiuri Giants won the Central League Climax ...

Jan 29, 2013

Hot springs power projects to get METI funding

The industry ministry said Monday it will offer financial support to seven projects nationwide that aim to generate electricity by using heat energy from hot springs water. The move comes as Japan hopes to boost renewable energy in light of the Fukushima meltdown crisis ...

Former WHO chief and polio fighter Nakajima dies at 84

Jan 29, 2013

Former WHO chief and polio fighter Nakajima dies at 84

Hiroshi Nakajima, former director general of the World Health Organization, died Saturday in France after a short illness, the Geneva-based health organization said Monday. He was 84. After a career in neuropharmacology research, Nakajima joined the WHO in 1974, where he served as director ...

Jan 29, 2013

Fukushima kids' thyroids said safe

Radiation levels in the thyroid glands of 1-year-old children living around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are estimated to be less than 30 millisieverts in most cases, a research team at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences said Sunday. The figure ...