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55 articles published/printed


Warming bill to ax long-term emissions goal

Mar 13, 2013

Warming bill to ax long-term emissions goal

In a move likely to draw the ire of environmentalists, revisions to Japan's climate change legislation will not set a long-term numerical target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a document reveals.

Large firms upbeat but outlay-wary

Mar 13, 2013

Large firms upbeat but outlay-wary

Business sentiment at large companies improved in the first quarter of 2013 thanks to a weaker yen and higher stock prices, but most remain wary of increasing capital expenditures, the government said Tuesday. The confidence index covering firms capitalized at ¥1 billion or more ...

Tokyo doctor adds disaster zone to practice

Mar 13, 2013

Tokyo doctor adds disaster zone to practice

by Ayako Mie

Ever since the 9-magnitude earthquake rocked the Tohoku region two years ago, Tokyo doctor Naoko Ishii and her husband, Hajime, have been quasi-residents of the Ogatsu district of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Just a day after the havoc began on March 11, 2011, the couple ...

Aceh observes 3/11 anniversary

Mar 13, 2013

Aceh observes 3/11 anniversary

About 600 people in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, which was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2004, participated in a ceremony Monday to commemorate the second anniversary of a similar catastrophe that ravaged the Tohoku region in 2011. Schoolchildren, representatives of society and ...

Giant panda pair at Ueno Zoo are observed mating

Mar 13, 2013

Giant panda pair at Ueno Zoo are observed mating

Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Tuesday that two giant pandas have mated, sparking hopes for a cub. Zoo staff saw the female Shin Shin and male Ri Ri, both 7 years old, mate Monday evening and again Tuesday morning. The mating period is expected to ...

China feud clouds tourism revival

Mar 13, 2013

China feud clouds tourism revival

The number of foreigners visiting Japan continues to rebound from falls following the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, but Japan-China territorial tensions are casting a shadow over tourism industry hopes that the trend will continue in 2013. According to the Japan National ...

Mar 13, 2013

Kowtowing to the power companies

The Abe administration's apparent refusal to heed the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear disaster suggests it is just kowtowing to the power industry.

Mar 13, 2013

North Korea must heed resolution

Full implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions will deliver a strong message to North Korea — if Beijing can refrain from action to dilute them.

Hanyu looks to shine at world championships

Mar 13, 2013

Hanyu looks to shine at world championships

Burgeoning teenage talent Yuzuru Hanyu will be looking to sparkle with a gem of a performance for Sendai when the world championships start this week. Sendai-born Hanyu will be competing at the worlds just days after the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011, ...

Urawa routs Muangthong United in Asian Champions League

Mar 13, 2013

Urawa routs Muangthong United in Asian Champions League

Urawa Reds thrashed Thailand’s 10-man Muangthong United 4-1 for their first victory in the Asian Champions League in five years on Tuesday. Goals from Yosuke Kashiwagi, Kunimitsu Sekiguchi and Genki Haraguchi and a Muangthong own goal sent Reds to their first points in Group ...

Harumafuji slips against Takayasu

Mar 13, 2013

Harumafuji slips against Takayasu

Harumafuji was tripped up in a shocker at the hands of rank-and-filer Takayasu on Tuesday, suffering his first loss of 2013 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Rival yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, demolished another would-be opponent in the form of Georgian Tochinoshin to move into ...

Aomori Wat's set to name Munakata first coach

Mar 13, 2013

Aomori Wat's set to name Munakata first coach

by Ed Odeven

Former Toyota Motors Alvark coach Koju Munakata will be named the first bench boss in Aomori Wat’s history, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is expected in the coming days, a basketball insider with knowledge of the situation said on Monday. Munakata, an ...

Kuroda throws four scoreless innings against Cardinals

Mar 13, 2013

Kuroda throws four scoreless innings against Cardinals

Starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda blanked the St. Louis Cardinals through four innings in a 4-0 spring training win for the New York Yankees on Monday. The 38-year-old Kuroda, who is gearing up for his sixth major-league season, allowed three hits and struck out six ...