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Inose welcomes IOC inspectors to Tokyo

Mar 02, 2013

Inose welcomes IOC inspectors to Tokyo

The head of the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission arrived Friday for an on-site inspection this week of Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games. IOC Vice President Craig Reedie was welcomed by Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda and Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who ...

'Sukiyaki' star's 1963 U.S. tour on DVD

Mar 02, 2013

'Sukiyaki' star's 1963 U.S. tour on DVD

Rare 1963 video footage of singer Kyu Sakamoto, known outside Japan for his U.S. hit song “Sukiyaki,” is to be released on DVD in April. The rare footage was taken during the singer’s trip to the United States in 1963, when the song, whose ...

Park urges Japan to reflect on past aggression

Mar 02, 2013

Park urges Japan to reflect on past aggression

South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Friday urged Japan to squarely face up to past historical issues, alluding to its brutal colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. “We can open up a future of common prosperity with Japan only when Japan honestly reflects ...

Nissan's new car to test mood in China

Mar 02, 2013

Nissan's new car to test mood in China

After protests erupted across China last year over the Senkaku Islands, sales of Japanese-branded cars there plummeted. Nissan Motor Co.’s prescription for winning back Chinese drivers: a quieter ride and better gas mileage. Nissan introduced its new Teana sedan Tuesday in the southern city ...

Mar 02, 2013

Japan surpasses China as holder of U.S. securities

Japan’s purchases of U.S. Treasuries helped it overtake China last June as the largest foreign holder of American securities, including equities, asset-backed paper and U.S. government debt, Treasury Department figures show. Tokyo’s total holdings of all types of U.S. securities grew to $1.84 trillion ...

Shiseido to abolish testing cosmetics on animals

Mar 02, 2013

Shiseido to abolish testing cosmetics on animals

Shiseido Co., the nation’s largest maker of cosmetics, will abolish animal testing for products to be developed from April at both domestic and overseas laboratories, as alternative methods have been established. In a news release, the company said the decision was made at meeting ...

Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners

Mar 02, 2013

Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners

by Tracy Mcveigh

A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban “killer robots” before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the United Kingdom by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel peace prize laureates. Robot warfare and autonomous weapons, the next ...

Remembering the day Napster set music free

Mar 02, 2013

Remembering the day Napster set music free

by Tom Lamont

In the first weeks of 2000 the founders of Napster were in their office above a bank in San Mateo, California, considering dizzying numbers. Figures scrawled on a whiteboard told how many people around the world had installed their file-sharing application and were using ...

Third Van Allen radiation belt seen

Mar 02, 2013

Third Van Allen radiation belt seen

NASA probes that are exploring the twin Van Allen radiation belts encircling the Earth have spied a third band of radiation that burst into view and then disappeared, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery of the temporary band of high-energy electrons has stunned scientists and ...

PLA hackers are just the tip of cyberwarfare risk

Mar 02, 2013

PLA hackers are just the tip of cyberwarfare risk

by Paul Harris

China is awash with nondescript new office buildings, so the 12-story tower in Shanghai’s Pudong area hardly looked likely to cause global headlines. Not even propaganda posters on walls surrounding it or People’s Liberation Army guards standing at the gates made the building stand ...

Scientists link up brains of two rats a continent apart

Mar 02, 2013

Scientists link up brains of two rats a continent apart

Creating a “superbrain” of connected minds, scientists Thursday said they had enabled a rat to help a fellow rodent while the animals were a continent apart but connected through brain electrodes. With electrodes imbedded in its cortex, a rat in a research institute in ...

Mar 02, 2013

Beware a revanchist China

by John Lee

In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Feb. 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe informed the audience of officials, experts and journalists that Japan is “back” and will not stand down in its ongoing sovereignty dispute with China ...

Mar 02, 2013

Mr. Abe's plan for Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday delivered his second policy speech during the current Diet session. He started his speech with the phrase “a strong Japan.” He seems to have strong attachment to the word “strong.” At the outset of his speech, he said ...

| Mar 02, 2013

Noh performances in Kyoto to benefit Tohoku

Charity noh plays will be performed in Kyoto on March 13 to support people affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The performances will start at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All of the ¥1,500 admission fee will be donated to organizations helping ...

| Mar 02, 2013

What ever 'appened to the Tamagotchi?

by Amy Chavez

Tamagotchi, the electronic pets that were first released by Bandai in Japan in 1996, have returned. But this time in the form of an app in which you can feed, discipline and even play “rock, paper, scissors” with your not-really-there pet. The bonus is ...

Chinese ink new future for 1,000-year tradition

Mar 02, 2013

Chinese ink new future for 1,000-year tradition

Classical Chinese painters were masters of rocky mountains, but Liu Dan, one of a group of contemporary artists putting a new twist on 1,000-year-old tradition, sticks with just the rock. Liu’s minutely detailed “Scholar’s Rock” — a large-scale, almost photographic exploration of a single ...

Mar 02, 2013

Red Bulls' Kimura keeps focus on winning

Kosuke Kimura, the first Japan-born player in America’s Major League Soccer, will begin his seventh pro season on Sunday as the newest member of a star-studded New York Red Bulls team seeking its first MLS Cup championship. The 28-year-old defender, who was drafted in ...

Kawai out as coach of Hamamatsu

Mar 02, 2013

Kawai out as coach of Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of pro basketball, Ryuji Kawai’s 60-30 record in 90 games as head coach wasn’t good enough. Nor was the fact that as a rookie head coach he took the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to the bj-league title game last May at ...