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51 articles published/printed


Grief gives counselor reason to help others

Feb 16, 2013

Grief gives counselor reason to help others

Breast cancer patients and family members gather in a room on the 10th floor of Tokyo Kyosai Hospital to sit down and share their troubles, while Kaori Osawa, a medical social worker, acts as moderator and answers questions.

Space-bound scope to study planets

Feb 16, 2013

Space-bound scope to study planets

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to send a space telescope into orbit around the Earth to observe Venus, Mars and Jupiter to unlock the secrets of our own planet’s atmosphere.

Toshiba decontamination bot to scrub No. 1 plant

Feb 16, 2013

Toshiba decontamination bot to scrub No. 1 plant

by Kazuaki Nagata

Toshiba Corp. on Friday unveiled a prototype of its remotely operated decontamination robot that it expects to help clean up the Fukushima No. 1 plant’s radiation-zapped reactor buildings as early as this summer. The robot — which can withstand radiation up to 100 sieverts, ...

Workaholic South Koreans begin to get more free time

Feb 16, 2013

Workaholic South Koreans begin to get more free time

A growing number of South Korean corporations are turning their backs on a workaholic culture that once was seen as indispensable but increasingly is viewed as unhealthy, unproductive and inefficient. Long working hours, often followed by drinking sessions with the boss, have for years ...

Feb 16, 2013

Astronomers trace cosmic rays to supernovae

Cosmic rays — fast-moving particles that constantly pummel our planet — come from the explosion of supernovae, new research confirmed Thursday, resolving an astronomical mystery. Protons make up 90 percent of these rays, which pelt Earth’s atmosphere and were discovered a century ago by ...

Feb 16, 2013

A king rediscovered

Few kings in history have been as vilified as England's Richard III. Will the discovery of his 15th-century remains prompt a reassessment of his legacy?

| Feb 16, 2013

Plum, camellia blossoms take center stage

Jonangu Shrine in Kyoto is holding a festival featuring camellia and weeping plum blossoms from next Monday to March 21. The shrine is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a guided tour at 3 p.m. by the Shinto priest. Admission is ¥500 ...

Feb 16, 2013

Struggling Fitzgerald released by Happinets

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets have terminated forward Dan Fitzgerald’s contract, the bj-league club announced on Friday. The Marquette University product struggled to knock down shots since joining the team in December. Fitzgerald, who drained 146 3-pointers and shot 34.6 percent from beyond the arc ...

Feb 16, 2013

Government to honor late yokozuna

The government will award a posthumous national honor to the late yokozuna Taiho in recognition of his historic sumo victory record, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday. Taiho, who died last month of heart disease at 72, “left glorious achievements as a great ...

Feb 16, 2013

JOC taking steps to address crises

by Kaz Nagatsuka

After a series of scandals that have rocked the sports world in recent weeks, the Japanese Olympic Committee is working to improve how it handles its societal duties. At the same time, the JOC recognizes the urgency to work to restore public faith in ...