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Feb 28, 2013

Two of three in Kokumin Shinto exit

Two lawmakers on Wednesday left the small opposition Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party), which seeks to merge with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, making party head Shozaburo Jimi its only remaining Diet member. Takeshi Noma of the Lower House and Kazuyuki Hamada of the ...

Feb 28, 2013

Nago fishing co-op OKs base fill

The head of a fishermen’s cooperative in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, said its members will agree to landfill work necessary for the planned relocation of the Futenma military base to the city’s Henoko coastal area. “We are unable to fish freely in the planned landfill ...

Feb 28, 2013

Hirano to take leadership of MUFG

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ President Nobuyuki Hirano is expected to succeed Katsunori Nagayasu as president of its holding company on April 1, sources said Wednesday. Hirano, 61, will continue to serve as president of the banking unit while Nagayasu, 65, who also serves as ...

Feb 28, 2013

JPMorgan to slash 19,000 jobs by 2015

U.S. banking giant JPMorgan Chase plans to eliminate 19,000 jobs by the end of 2014 as it seeks to rein in costs, the company said Tuesday in an investor presentation. JPMorgan Chase intends the majority of the cuts — 15,000 — to come from ...

Feb 28, 2013

Salafists tied to Tunisia assassination

Radical Salafist Muslims murdered Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Interior Minister Ali Larayedh said Tuesday, and though four suspects have been arrested and the killer identified, he is still on the run. The breakthrough comes as Larayedh, named as prime minister-designate, presses efforts to ...

Feb 28, 2013

Builders to train Vietnam engineers

The Japanese and Vietnamese construction industries plan to launch a project to train Vietnamese engineers using Japanese technologies, according to industry officials. The two sides are expected to reach a formal agreement on the project when they meet March 7 in Hanoi at a ...

Robot suit certified for disabled

Feb 28, 2013

Robot suit certified for disabled

A robot suit designed to help the disabled and elderly in their daily activities was given a safety certification Wednesday by a quality assurance organization, becoming the world’s first “welfare robot” to be so certified. The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, robot suit developed ...

Feb 28, 2013

U.K seeks to withhold Litvinenko info

Britain is seeking to withhold information about Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko at the forthcoming inquest into his death to avoid damaging trade deals with Moscow, a court was told Tuesday. A preinquest hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice heard that Foreign Secretary William ...

Feb 28, 2013

PM2.5 spikes to spur alerts to stay inside

Authorities will urge residents to stay indoors if the level of toxic smog spreading to Japan from China is expected to exceed twice the maximum limit set by the central government, officials said. The Environment Ministry guidelines say prefectural governments will recommend that people, ...

U.S. judge labels antiwhaling group 'pirates'

Feb 27, 2013

U.S. judge labels antiwhaling group 'pirates'

A U.S. appeals court has labeled militant conservationist group Sea Shepherd as pirates and cleared the way for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them. “You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch” to be a pirate, declared Alex Kozinski, chief ...

Ito lifts Tigers past Japan

| Feb 27, 2013

Ito lifts Tigers past Japan

Following its only big-scoring game so far, manager Koji Yamamoto’s Japan lineup will face more scrutiny after being stymied by the Hanshin Tigers 1-0 in a World Baseball Classic tuneup game on Tuesday at Kyocera Dome. Hanshin drew first blood in the bottom of ...

Sea Shepherd, whalers slam hulls in Antarctic waters

Feb 27, 2013

Sea Shepherd, whalers slam hulls in Antarctic waters

Japanese whalers and militant conservationists have again been in dangerous clashes off Antarctica, with both sides accusing the other of ramming their vessels. Veteran antiwhaling campaigner Paul Watson said that on Monday the factory ship Nisshin Maru rammed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s much ...

Feb 27, 2013

JOC tackles in-depth interrogation of female judoka

The Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday it has debriefed at least 11 of the 15 female judo wrestlers who lodged a joint complaint accusing their former coach of physical and verbal violence. JOC executive member Yosuke Fujiwara said the interviews of the women, which ...