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Feb 26, 2013

Ministry to beef up hacking defenses

by Hiroko Nakata

The trade ministry plans to beef up its database for cyber-attacks against Japanese companies and institutions to help analyze the latest trends and methods so they can protect themselves from organized assaults. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has already earmarked ¥800 million ...

Sony aims at special client base with PS4

Feb 26, 2013

Sony aims at special client base with PS4

by Mie Sakamoto

The new PlayStation 4 reflects Sony Corp.’s renewed focus on value-added products to attract selected customers rather than the general public, as the company struggles to turn its slumping electronics business around. In unveiling the successor to the PlayStation 3 launched in 2006, Sony ...

Abe seeks Komeito TPP backing

Feb 26, 2013

Abe seeks Komeito TPP backing

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought support Monday from the coalition partner of his Liberal Democratic Party for Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks, after he and U.S. President Barack Obama made a key confirmation at their Friday summit in Washington. During a ...

Japan film distributor goes bust; Senkaku row blamed

Feb 26, 2013

Japan film distributor goes bust; Senkaku row blamed

Film distributor Prenom-H Co. has gone bankrupt, affected by China’s dispute over the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Teikoku Databank Ltd. said Monday. The Tokyo-based company received Tokyo District Court approval for the start of its bankruptcy procedures on Feb. 21, ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan to rethink candidate sites for nuclear waste disposal

The Environment Ministry said Monday that it will restart the process to select candidate final storage sites for radioactive waste from the triple-meltdown disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant, because residents living near the current chosen locations are up ...

Feb 26, 2013

Harumafuji takes over top ranking

With the Japan Sumo Association’s release of the new rankings on Monday, yokozuna Harumafuji finally finds himself at sumo’s true summit after his promotion to the prestigious east position. The 28-year-old Harumafuji, who won his fifth career title at the New Year basho in ...

Matsuzaka marks Indians spring debut with two shutout innings

Feb 26, 2013

Matsuzaka marks Indians spring debut with two shutout innings

Daisuke Matsuzaka began his fight to make the opening day roster Sunday, pitching two scoreless innings in his first spring appearance for the Cleveland Indians. Under strong winds in the surprising cold against the Cincinnati Reds, Matsuzaka came on in the third, not allowing ...

Japan busts out in rout of Australia

| Feb 26, 2013

Japan busts out in rout of Australia

A day after outplaying Japan in a tough loss, Australia cracked in a 10-3 loss in their World Baseball Classic warmup game at Kyocera Dome on Sunday. Kazuo Matsui of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles brought Japan from behind with a three-run triple and ...

Feb 26, 2013

Takanashi, Japan win team gold

Sara Takanashi collected her second medal of the Nordic skiing world championships after Japan won a gold in the mixed team ski jumping Sunday. The 16-year-old Takanashi teamed up with Yuki Ito and male jumpers Daiki Ito and Taku Takeuchi for Japan’s first gold ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan launches petition to save Olympic wrestling

The Japan Wrestling Federation launched an online petition site to keep wrestling in the Olympics on Monday with the aim of submitting 100,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. The website, titled “Save Olympic Wrestling,” can be accessed in several languages. The federation plans ...

Carpenter Eiichiro Amakasu

| Feb 26, 2013

Carpenter Eiichiro Amakasu

by Judit Kawaguchi

Eiichiro Amakasu, 70, is a carpenter who designs and builds traditional Japanese homes and their surrounding gardens. He is an expert of sukiya, a residential architectural style that is typically associated with Japanese tea houses.