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Feb 19, 2013

Faults may be active under Aomori plant

Significant portions of major geological faults running under Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Higashidori nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture are probably active, a Nuclear Regulation Authority panel says.

Feb 19, 2013

China hindering Japanese M&As

China is acting as a drag on a merger-and-acquisition spree by Japanese companies as relations deteriorate between the two countries amid the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands.

Feb 19, 2013

Exec picks to be pitched this month

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The administration plans to present its nominees for Bank of Japan governor and vice governors to the Diet by month’s end, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. The terms of the current two vice governors expires March 19, but the administration will announce ...

Russians find meteorite fragments

Feb 19, 2013

Russians find meteorite fragments

Scientists said Monday they had discovered fragments of the meteor that spectacularly plunged over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. The giant piece of space rock streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in ...

Outsiders key to resolving Futenma: analyst

Feb 19, 2013

Outsiders key to resolving Futenma: analyst

With both Japan and the United States unlikely to soon seek new solutions to the stalled relocation of the Futenma air station in Okinawa, progress might be better achieved through discussions by nongovernmental experts, according to a U.S. analyst. The existing plan to transfer ...

Nori

| Feb 19, 2013

Nori

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Dear Alice, I was out for a walk with my camera the other day and came across a puzzling scene. I saw people putting what I thought were squares of dark paper onto easels in the sun, as if to dry. But when I ...

Fujitsu to debut smartphone for aged first in France

Feb 19, 2013

Fujitsu to debut smartphone for aged first in France

In Fujitsu’s first full-fledged entry into smartphone sales overseas, the firm intends to launch its smartphone targeting the elderly in France by the end of this year, company officials said Monday. The handset will be marketed by major French telecom carrier France Telecom, the ...

Feb 19, 2013

Standoff costs London police millions

London AFP-JIJI The cost of keeping police round-the-clock outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in case Julian Assange emerges has hit $4.5 million, British police said Friday. Officers have been stationed outside ever since the WikiLeaks founder jumped bail and fled there on June ...

Feb 19, 2013

U.S.' armed, disposable and dangerous system

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What’s shocking is that it doesn’t happen more often. When a heartless system refuses to listen or help, when it crushes and grinds down millions of people day after day, year after year, everywhere, it’s illogical and unreasonable to assume that all its victims ...

Feb 19, 2013

Save Olympic wrestling

Japan should join the other countries that are opposed to the IOC's decision to possibly exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympics and launch strong lobbying activities to save the sport.

Feb 19, 2013

NRA secretariat must halt collusion

In the past, collusive relations existed between Japan's nuclear regulation organizations and the power industry. The latest incident involving the NRA secretariat shows that such collusive relations have not been eradicated.

Sewing words for thought

Feb 19, 2013

Sewing words for thought

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Some words can evoke powerful images, values and stereotypes that have crept into our subconsciousness to sometimes dictate the way we think or behave. For Ruri Clarkson, this is something that needs to be challenged in Japan, and which she does herself with art.

Takanashi becomes youngest to claim overall World Cup title

Feb 19, 2013

Takanashi becomes youngest to claim overall World Cup title

Sara Takanashi became the youngest-ever winner of an overall World Cup skiing crown Sunday, claiming the women’s ski jumping title with her fourth consecutive victory and eighth of the season. The 16-year-old Takanashi marked 89.5 meters in the first round of jumps and followed ...

Feb 19, 2013

Japan men's volleyball team appoints American coach Sato

The Japan Volleyball Association said Monday that American Gary Sato has been appointed head coach of the men’s national team as successor to Tatsuya Ueta. The 58-year-old Sato, a former assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team, will be the first foreign coach to ...

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents

Feb 19, 2013

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents

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Yokozuna Harumafuji on Monday condemned the recent incidents of corporal punishment that have shocked Japanese society, but insisted parents must take responsibility for ensuring their children are able to stand up for themselves. In December, an Osaka high school student committed suicide after suffering ...

Feb 19, 2013

Cubs' Garza hindered by back pain

Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza suffered a mild back strain on his left side while throwing batting practice to teammates Sunday and is expected to miss at least a few days of practice. Whether it will delay his start to the regular season, team ...