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Feb 28, 2013

Top court to assess kids' inheritance limits

The Supreme Court's Grand Bench will examine two cases that question whether a Civil Code stipulation limiting inheritance rights of children born out of wedlock infringes on the Constitution, which guarantees equality for all under the law.

Feb 28, 2013

Assemblyman's rebuke of moms seeking day care draws outrage

by Masami Ito

Mothers should remember that the responsibility of raising children lies first with each household before making “shameless” demands for more nursery schools, a Suginami Ward Assembly member wrote Feb. 21 in his blog, drawing hundreds of angry comments. Yutaro Tanaka, a member of the ...

Mystery shrouds pope's retirement

Feb 28, 2013

Mystery shrouds pope's retirement

On an April 2009 visit to the Italian mountain town of Sulmona, Pope Benedict XVI solemnly placed his pallium, the vestment symbolizing his papal authority, on the tomb of Celestine V. The medieval pontiff’s abdication in 1294 had resulted in imprisonment by his successor ...

In New York, the Guggenheim goes Gutai

Feb 28, 2013

In New York, the Guggenheim goes Gutai

By now, the looks, character and history of Gutai, the post-World War II Japanese art movement born in 1954 in Ashiya, between Osaka and Kobe, are familiar to regular viewers of modern-art exhibitions in Japan. Last summer’s “Gutai: The Spirit of an Era,” a ...

DoCoMo to resume phone M&A after Softbank move, CEO says

Feb 28, 2013

DoCoMo to resume phone M&A after Softbank move, CEO says

NTT DoCoMo Inc. is ready to return to investing in phone companies outside Asia after rival Softbank Corp.’s deal to acquire a majority stake in Sprint Nextel Corp. in the U.S., its chief executive officer said. “The acquisition plan of Sprint was quite astonishing ...

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Feb 28, 2013

The long arm of the antipiracy law

by Masami Ito

Captured half a world away, off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean, four Somalis are sent to Tokyo to stand trial for piracy after a failed attempt to hijack an oil tanker. Three have already been convicted by the Tokyo District Court.

Ozawa conducts choir of elementary schoolers

Feb 28, 2013

Ozawa conducts choir of elementary schoolers

Conductor Seiji Ozawa performed Wednesday in public for the first time since ill health forced him to suspend his musical activities last March, conducting a choir of 340 elementary school pupils in Kawasaki. The 77-year-old maestro conducted the singing of a song titled “Hiroi ...

Japan will never stop whaling: fisheries chief

Feb 28, 2013

Japan will never stop whaling: fisheries chief

by Harumi Ozawa

Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Japan will never stop hunting whales despite fierce criticism from other nations and violent clashes at sea with militant conservationists. “I don’t think there will be any kind of an end for whaling by Japan,” he said Tuesday. Hayashi, ...

Safety concerns cloud South Korea nuclear drive

Feb 28, 2013

Safety concerns cloud South Korea nuclear drive

South Korea has big plans to become a major nuclear energy player, but they are unfolding at a time when the global industry is under intense scrutiny after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. And its ambitions have not been helped by a series of domestic ...