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Feb 03, 2013

Senior NRA official axed over data leak

The Nuclear Regulation Authority cans a senior official for leaking information to Japan Atomic Power Co. about a likely active fault running beneath the firm's Tsuruga nuclear plant.

Feb 03, 2013

Sasago Tunnel bolts fatally flawed

At least 60 percent of the anchor bolts used in Yamanashi Prefecture’s Sasago Tunnel weren’t as strong as they were designed to be, the infrastructure ministry has learned after surveying the site of a fatal ceiling collapse. Nine people were crushed by concrete roof ...

Feb 03, 2013

GDP seen climbing in last quarter of '12: poll

The economy is estimated to have grown for the first time in three quarters in the three months through December, climbing an annualized real 0.6 percent on the back of brisk consumer spending, according to a survey by Kyodo News. The average forecast of ...

Manga legend Matsumoto feted at French festival

Feb 03, 2013

Manga legend Matsumoto feted at French festival

Manga legend Reiji Matsumoto celebrated 60 years in the business at France’s international cartoon festival and confessed that the experience left him feeling like a time traveller “with the strange sensation of finding myself in one of my stories.” The author of numerous cult ...

Gillard reshuffles Cabinet members

Feb 03, 2013

Gillard reshuffles Cabinet members

After the resignation of two of her most senior ministers prompted a Cabinet reshuffle ahead of a national election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Saturday denied that her government was in shambles. Saturday’s announcement that the two ministers had quit came only three days ...

N.Y.'s feisty ex-Mayor Koch dies at 88

Feb 03, 2013

N.Y.'s feisty ex-Mayor Koch dies at 88

Ed Koch, the tough, fast-talking mayor of New York in the turbulent 1970s and ’80s who is credited with rescuing the largest city in the United States from financial ruin, died Friday at age 88. A witty and larger-than-life figure who remained a frequent ...

Iran, Russia step up support for Syria: U.S.

Feb 03, 2013

Iran, Russia step up support for Syria: U.S.

Iran is stepping up its support for Syria while Russia is still arming President Bashar Assad’s regime and Israel has fired missiles into the country, heightening fears that the conflict may spill over its borders, U.S. officials say. The assessments came as U.S. Vice ...

Tokyo's wilderness within

Feb 03, 2013

Tokyo's wilderness within

by Eli Kirzner

What did our cities' natural landscapes originally look like? In a sprawling metropolis such as Tokyo, with concrete encrusting almost every inch of earth, walling every riverbank and towering up to the skies, it is almost impossible to imagine.

Djokovic routs Rochus, rips court

Feb 03, 2013

Djokovic routs Rochus, rips court

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic steered Serbia to the brink of the Davis Cup quarterfinals Friday, easing past Belgium’s Olivier Rochus on a makeshift court he described as the worst he’s ever encountered. Australian Open champion Djokovic needed just 1 hour and 39 minutes ...

Feb 03, 2013

Togashi shines in Northern Happinets debut

by Ed Odeven

Yuki Togashi won’t technically be an adult for almost six more months, at least that’s true according to Japanese custom. In his bj-leauge debut, the Akita Northern Happinets rookie point guard played well beyond his years in a 88-78 victory over the host Toyama ...

Feb 03, 2013

Olympic boxing gold medalist Murata mulls turning pro

Middleweight Ryota Murata, who became Japan’s first Olympic boxing champion in 48 years last summer at the London Games, revealed Saturday he is thinking of turning pro. “It’s true that I have been thinking about that world,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “But the truth ...