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Feb 01, 2013

Abe says he feels war sex slaves' pain

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Facing questions from an opposition lawmaker Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to comment on the government’s position on wartime sex slaves, but he did say he feels “heart-breaking pain” when he thinks of how their human rights were violated. “In this sense, I’m ...

Feb 01, 2013

'Furikome' fraud up for a third year

Monetary harm from “furikome” phone fraud involving bank transfers increased 27.1 percent in 2012 to ¥16.16 billion, up for the third straight year, the National Policy Agency said Thursday. The monthly total surpassed ¥2 billion in October and December, approaching the peak levels seen ...

Feb 01, 2013

Independent panel links Shiga student's 2011 suicide to bullying

An independent panel looking into a 13-year-old municipal junior high schoolboy’s suicide in October 2011 in Shiga Prefecture concluded Thursday that bullying by his classmates was the “direct cause” of his death. The panel, formed last August, dismissed allegations that the suicide also stemmed ...

Taliban mark Malala to get skull plate

Feb 01, 2013

Taliban mark Malala to get skull plate

British doctors said they will insert a titanium plate in the skull of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai to repair a hole left when the Taliban shot her for campaigning for girls’ education. Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central English, said Wednesday they ...

Pinch of magic revives traditional 'koji' maker

Feb 01, 2013

Pinch of magic revives traditional 'koji' maker

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Close to calling it quits six years ago after more than 320 years in business, a small producer and retailer of “koji” in Saiki, Oita Prefecture, is now thriving thanks to a flood of orders for a “magical ingredient” — a salted (“shio”) version ...

Looming worker shortage clouds China's surge

| Feb 01, 2013

Looming worker shortage clouds China's surge

China’s demographic time bomb is ticking much louder with the first fall in its labor pool for decades, analysts say, highlighting the risk that the country grows old before it grows rich. The abundant supply of cheap workers in the world’s most populous nation ...

Events highlight the Cote d'Ivoire of today

| Feb 01, 2013

Events highlight the Cote d'Ivoire of today

The Cote d’Ivoire of today is being presented during the Month of Cote d’Ivoire event at the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Global Plaza in Tokyo through Feb. 10. Organized by the Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire, the exhibition introduces the country’s history, culture and its ...

Noodle chain set to open in Russia

Feb 01, 2013

Noodle chain set to open in Russia

An Kobe-based “udon” chain is about to open its first noodle shop in Moscow as it ventures into Europe. Although Russia is said to be a tough market to crack for foreign companies because of bureaucratic red tape and business practices unique to the ...

'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

Feb 01, 2013

'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

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To describe “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” as a foodie film is akin to picking an English rose and calling it a flower. This documentary by New York-based David Gelb is at once a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and coveted meals, ...

Kagawa picked for Latvia friendly

Feb 01, 2013

Kagawa picked for Latvia friendly

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Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni welcomed back Shinji Kagawa on Thursday, when he named the Manchester United attacker to his 23-man squad for next week’s World Cup qualifying warmup against Latvia in Kobe, the Blue Samurai’s first game of 2013. CSKA Moscow’s Keisuke Honda was ...

Zaccheroni shocked at judo scandal

Feb 01, 2013

Zaccheroni shocked at judo scandal

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Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has spoken of his shock upon learning that 15 top female judo wrestlers, some of them London Olympians, were slapped, beaten with wooden swords and told to “die” by their head coach Ryuji Sonoda. News of the scandal broke Tuesday ...