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JTA heralds start of 10 million tourists a year era

Mar 16, 2013

JTA heralds start of 10 million tourists a year era

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With the number of foreign visitors finally returning to predisaster levels, the Japan Tourism Agency unveiled Friday its new promotion strategy to draw 10 million travelers this year. “I would like to declare that the era of 10 million inbound visitors has arrived,” JTA ...

Orix might issue new shares to fund M&As: CEO

Mar 16, 2013

Orix might issue new shares to fund M&As: CEO

Orix Corp. said selling new shares to fund additional acquisitions is an option, after the financial services provider announced its largest-ever takeover last month. Orix, which agreed to buy Rabobank Groep’s Robeco Groep NV asset-management unit in the Netherlands for €1.94 billion ($2.5 billion), ...

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Mar 16, 2013

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

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Three young women had simple aspirations before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and nuclear crisis altered the landscape of the northeast and their lives on March 11. “I lost everything I had and my life was totally changed,” said Ayaka Ogawa, who became the ...

Beef, wheat may be sacrificed in talks

Mar 16, 2013

Beef, wheat may be sacrificed in talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may sacrifice barriers protecting Japan’s beef and wheat farmers to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord, a former government adviser on farm policy said. Still, Abe’s administration will fight to maintain tariffs on rice, sugar and dairy products, said Shinichi ...

'We are abandoning all the checks and balances'

Mar 16, 2013

'We are abandoning all the checks and balances'

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Evgeny Morozov is a Belarus-born technology writer who has held positions at Stanford and Georgetown universities in the United States. His first book, “The Net Delusion,” argued that “Western do-gooders may have missed how [the Internet] … entrenches dictators, threatens dissidents, and makes it ...

Denying suffrage to wards said 'excessive'

Mar 16, 2013

Denying suffrage to wards said 'excessive'

Even though Japan's adult guardianship system may be necessary to protect the assets of those who need additional attention due to their mental state, experts says stripping them of their suffrage is an excessive infringement of rights.

The Facebook executive on a self-help mission

Mar 16, 2013

The Facebook executive on a self-help mission

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Sheryl Sandberg does not do things by half-measures. So when the chief operating officer of Facebook and the most high-profile businesswoman in the world publishes a book she does not sit back, give a few interviews and let the glowing reviews flow in. No, ...

Kyoto wind farm turbine falls after pylon snaps

Mar 16, 2013

Kyoto wind farm turbine falls after pylon snaps

A 38-ton wind turbine crashed 50 meters to the ground in Kyoto Prefecture after the steel column supporting it snapped, according to officials. The massive Dutch-made turbine, which sat atop a Japanese-made steel column, was part of a mountain wind farm. It was put ...

METI wants tent city to move on

Mar 16, 2013

METI wants tent city to move on

The government will soon file a suit seeking removal of tents set up on the premises of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry by activists opposed to nuclear power, METI Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday. Motegi said a settlement through civil court proceedings ...

Cheering for cherries

| Mar 16, 2013

Cheering for cherries

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If the Grinch — that well-known wet blanket of holiday mirth — were both a betting man and Japanese, it wouldn’t be Christmas he was after. Nor New Year’s, nor the Emperor’s birthday, nor Golden Week, nor National Toilet Day (Nov. 10. Mark it ...

Wigan's Miyaichi awaits season-ending ankle surgery

Mar 16, 2013

Wigan's Miyaichi awaits season-ending ankle surgery

Japan winger Ryo Miyaichi will undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle, Premier League club Wigan Athletic said Thursday on its official website. Miyaichi, who was borrowed from Arsenal on a year loan, suffered the injury in Wigan’s F.A. Cup quarterfinal 3-0 win over ...

Hakuho maintains place at top

Mar 16, 2013

Hakuho maintains place at top

Yokozuna Hakuho walloped upstart Chiyotairyu to retain an undefeated 6-0 mark at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Four wrestlers, including sekiwake Baruto, are one off the pace at 5-1 behind yokozuna Hakuho, who is seeking a 24th career title that would place ...

Mar 16, 2013

Miyazato shoots tourney-record 63

Ai Miyazato grabbed the first-round lead at the LPGA Founders Cup, firing a tournament-record 9-under 63 on a hot afternoon in the desert on Thursday. In her first competition after suffering a whiplash injury in a five-car pileup in Thailand at the end of ...