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Feb 28, 2013

Nikkei drops further on Italian political turmoil

Stocks lost further ground Wednesday on concerns over the political turmoil on Italy. The Nikkei 225 closed down 144.84 points at the day’s low of 11,253.97 after diving 263.71 points Tuesday. The Topix slumped 13.05 points to end at 953.72 after losing 13.93 points ...

Feb 28, 2013

Sudan hosts Nagasaki A-bomb show

An exhibition based on the 1945 A-bombing of Nagasaki began Monday in Khartoum to inspire a country hit by a decades-long civil war that killed 2 million people before it ended in 2005. “We want to convey to Sudanese people how Nagasaki recovered from ...

Feb 28, 2013

Saudis 'buying Balkan arms for opposition'

Saudi Arabia has been supplying Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar Assad with arms bought from Croatia, according to The New York Times. Citing unnamed U.S. and Western officials, the newspaper reported late Monday that the Saudi-financed “large purchase of infantry weapons” ...

Feb 28, 2013

Music industry posts first rise in global sales since 1999

The music industry announced Tuesday the first increase in global sales since 1999, suggesting that the long-awaited rebound against the digital revolution has begun. Sales rose 0.3 percent to $16.5 billion in 2012, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which ...

Feb 28, 2013

Kim inspects live-fire 'actual war' drill

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a live-fire artillery drill aimed at simulating an “actual war,” state media reported a day after South Korea swore in its first female president. “An endless barrage of shells were fired by artillery pieces on ‘enemy positions,’ ...

Feb 28, 2013

Greenback remains soft below ¥92

The dollar moved on a soft tone mostly below ¥92 in Tokyo trading Wednesday amid risk-aversion prompted by sluggish stocks. At 5 p.m., the dollar was quoted at ¥91.83-83, almost flat from ¥91.80-81 at the same time Tuesday. The euro stood at $1.3093-3095, up ...

'Raffaello'

Feb 28, 2013

'Raffaello'

by Tomohiro Osaki

“Madonna del Granduca” is a beloved masterpiece by Italian painter Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520), known by most as simply Raphael. Described by critics as one of the great Madonna and child paintings, it was a source of inspiration for many generations of painters. As one ...

Feb 28, 2013

Nishikori retires at Delray Beach

Fourth-seed Kei Nishikori retired in the first set of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Tuesday due to a nagging left oblique injury. Nishikori, coming off his third career victory at the U.S. National Indoor Championships in Memphis last week, was about to ...

Feb 28, 2013

Senate panel OKs Lew for Treasury

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted Tuesday to back Obama nominee Jack Lew as Treasury secretary despite qualms about his reputation as a doctrinaire Democrat and his ties to Wall Street. Senators voted 19-5 in favor of Lew, with several Republicans joining ...

Feb 28, 2013

Wholesale wheat prices to rise 9.7%

The agriculture ministry said Wednesday it will raise wholesale prices for five imported wheat varieties by an average of 9.7 percent to ¥54,990 per ton in April, the second rise since October, due to higher international market prices and the yen’s depreciation. The yen’s ...

Feb 28, 2013

Japan travel agent body to certify tour operator service quality

The Japan Association of Travel Agents said Wednesday it will start certifying the service qualities of parties handling foreign tourists as part of efforts to boost visitors from abroad, whose numbers have fallen since the 2011 natural and nuclear disasters and recently reignited territorial ...

Feb 28, 2013

Canada hails surge in foreign students

Canadian universities and colleges welcomed a record 100,000 foreign students in 2012, the government said Tuesday, part of a plan to replace retiring baby boomers in the workforce. The figure is a 60 percent rise in enrollment from 2004. The government is also working ...

U.S. senator's wife triggers race row

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. senator's wife triggers race row

Aides to top Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell voiced outrage Tuesday after a left-leaning group suggested he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. She was born ...

Feb 28, 2013

Radioactive waste reaches Aomori

A cargo of high-level radioactive waste produced through reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in Britain arrived Wednesday at a port in Aomori Prefecture for storage. The ship carrying the 28 canisters of vitrified radioactive waste, which left a British port Jan. 9, arrived at ...

'Modern Kamakura Guidebook'

Feb 28, 2013

'Modern Kamakura Guidebook'

by Tomohiro Osaki

The city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a popular tourist destination that attracts around 19 million visitors a year, many of whom visit from nearby Tokyo. It became increasingly popular during the Edo Period (1603-1867), when pilgrimages to its Buddhist sites became a fashionable ...

Feb 28, 2013

Amsterdam raises prostitution age to 21

The city of Amsterdam said Tuesday it will raise the legal age of prostitutes from 18 to 21 and announced plans to close brothels during the early morning hours in a bid to protect sex workers. “The minimum age for a prostitute is raised ...