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62 articles published/printed


Lawmaker alleges sex-slave denial censored

Mar 15, 2013

Lawmaker alleges sex-slave denial censored

by Jun Hongo

The deletion from YouTube of statements by Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) lawmaker Nariaki Nakayama denying the Imperial Japanese Army forced thousands of Asian females to provide sex for soldiers during the war has once again put NHK under the national spotlight. ...

Hitachi devises tablet-controlled one-man EV for elderly

Mar 15, 2013

Hitachi devises tablet-controlled one-man EV for elderly

Hitachi Ltd. has developed a one-seater electric vehicle to aid senior citizens and people with mobility disabilities. The vehicle’s course and transport time can be programmed via map-loaded tablet PC. It can only be used on sidewalks. To detect bumps and uneven sections on ...

Mar 15, 2013

TSE warns firms on snooping investors

Responding to a recent spate of cases of investors tapping inside corporate information, Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc. urges listed firms to enhance their Internet security and safeguard data.

Mar 15, 2013

Japan offered ransoms in Algerian hostage crisis: report

Tokyo offered to pay ransoms for the release of Japanese nationals seized in the hostage crisis in Algeria in January, a recent Algerian newspaper report said. Algerian Interior Minister Dahou Ould Kablia spoke about the Japanese offer at a meeting with Algerians in the ...

Mar 15, 2013

LDP panel gives Abe green light to announce Japan's participation in TPP

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has adopted a resolution supporting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s expected announcement that Japan will take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks involving 11 other Pacific Rim nations. In light of opposition from the agricultural sector, which remains deeply ...

Mar 15, 2013

Rules for online drug sales

The government panel tasked with regulation reform will give top priority to considering the merits of nonprescription drug sales over the Internet.

Tracing the secret success of an unsung hero

Mar 15, 2013

Tracing the secret success of an unsung hero

by Kaori Shoji

At first glance it seems as though filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul came out of nowhere, made documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” on his home computer, then floated onto the red carpet to be awarded an Oscar. “In fact, it was incredibly hard work,” says the ...

'Purachina Deta (Platinum Data)'

Mar 15, 2013

'Purachina Deta (Platinum Data)'

by Mark Schilling

Why are so many Japanese sci-fi thrillers so sure our near-future rulers will try to tyrannize us, dehumanize us or, as in “Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale),” make us slaughter each other, even when our only crime is possessing raging adolescent hormones? Given what I’ve ...

'Cloud Atlas'

Mar 15, 2013

'Cloud Atlas'

by Giovanni Fazio

‘The nature of our immortal lives lies in the consequences of our actions.” Thus spake Sonmi-451, a Fabricant, one of many identical cloned slaves in the post-eco-apocalyptic future depicted in “Cloud Atlas,” the phenomenal new film codirected by Lana and Andy Wachowski of “The ...

Harumafuji ends two-match slide

Mar 15, 2013

Harumafuji ends two-match slide

Harumafuji snapped his losing streak at two as the yokozuna defeated Myogiryu to improve to 3-2 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Harumafuji’s western counterpart, Hakuho, stood as the only unbeaten wrestler a third of the way through the meet, outclassing komusubi ...