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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

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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

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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 ...

Outlook upgraded for a second month

Feb 28, 2013

Outlook upgraded for a second month

The government on Wednesday upgraded its basic assessment of the economy for the second straight month, saying industrial output has picked up in February amid expectations that a global economic upturn could perk up exports. “The Japanese economy is bottoming out, while weakness can ...

U.S. considering direct aid to Syrian rebels

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. considering direct aid to Syrian rebels

The White House is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide the rebels with equipment such as body armor, armored vehicles and possible military training and could send humanitarian assistance directly to Syria’s opposition political coalition, according to U.S. and ...

Lithium-ion makers need recharge

Feb 28, 2013

Lithium-ion makers need recharge

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Japanese makers’ share of the market for lithium-ion batteries in consumer electronics continued to fall in 2012, widening the gap with their South Korean rivals, who topped the ranking for the first time the previous year. Three Japanese makers — Panasonic Corp., Sony Corp. ...

U.S. frees detained migrants as budget cuts loom

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. frees detained migrants as budget cuts loom

U.S. authorities revealed Tuesday that they have released hundreds of detained immigrants in recent days to trim expenses ahead of massive automatic budget cuts due to take effect this week. With days to go before the so-called sequester — $85 billion in across-the-board cuts ...

Feb 28, 2013

Rehabilitation takes a back seat

A Justice Ministry advisory panel outlines a proposed revision to the Juvenile Law that would add years to baseline detentions of young lawbreakers.

Feb 28, 2013

Challenges for President Park

Park Geun Hye, South Korea's first female president, has taken the reins of a country beset by stubborn internal as well as international problems.

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 ...

'What We See' is not always what you get

Feb 28, 2013

'What We See' is not always what you get

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Rendered as “What We See” in English, the title of this show should perhaps more accurately follow the Japanese one, which would be: “Dream, Reality, Illusion?” “Video” art is now mostly moribund because technology has changed, leaving that form of expression as largely digitized ...

Sinead O'Connor gets fired up for 'Crazy Baldhead Tour'

Feb 28, 2013

Sinead O'Connor gets fired up for 'Crazy Baldhead Tour'

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Sinead O’Connor has chosen to call her latest concerts the Crazy Baldhead Tour. The funny name demonstrates the shaven-headed Irish star’s unadorned honesty. She’s often caricatured for her outspoken views and erratic behavior. Notoriously, she ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II ...

Feb 28, 2013

Hiroshima falls in ACL opener

Sanfrecce Hiroshima were brought back to earth with a thud on Wednesday as the J. League champions crashed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor in their Group G opener in the Asian Champions League. Back in the ACL for the first ...