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Fujitsu phone takes pulse from face

Mar 19, 2013

Fujitsu phone takes pulse from face

A smartphone that can take a pulse by viewing people’s faces debuted Monday. Technology giant Fujitsu Ltd. plans to put the invention to practical use within a year, allowing people at work or at home to collect data for analysis without wearing special devices. ...

Aeon makes play for control of Daiei

Mar 19, 2013

Aeon makes play for control of Daiei

Retail giant Aeon Co. is looking to become the top shareholder of Daiei Inc. by buying shares in the retailer from the major trading house Marubeni Corp., sources said. Aeon has already approached Marubeni, which is Daiei’s biggest shareholder with a stake of about ...

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

| Mar 19, 2013

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

by Jun Hongo

The venerable Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district reopens April 2 after three years of renovations and the addition of a 29-floor attached office tower. A key venue for kabuki and other performances since 1889, the theater will retain its original ornate Japanese facade. ...

White gloves

| Mar 19, 2013

White gloves

by Alice Gordenker

Dear Alice, I’m curious about the prevalence of white gloves in Japan. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, all sorts of people wear white gloves on the job here, including taxi drivers, police officers and elevator girls. I have no idea if this is true, ...

Mar 19, 2013

New fetal test guideline

A new prenatal detection test that can predict whether a fetus has either Down's syndrome or Trisomy 18/13 raises ethical issues.

Bowie retakes British crown on rock charts

Mar 19, 2013

Bowie retakes British crown on rock charts

British rock icon David Bowie on Sunday reconquered his home charts by scoring his first No. 1 album in 20 years with “The Next Day.” Bowie surprised the music world by breaking a decade-long musical silence in January when he unveiled a new single ...

Japan brings vibrant support to San Francisco

Mar 19, 2013

Japan brings vibrant support to San Francisco

by Kaz Nagatsuka

A lot of passion with different ways of cheering for each respective nation. That’s one of the things you can taste only at the World Baseball Classic. For Sunday’s semifinal between Japan and Puerto Rico, the stands were filled with an enormous amount of ...

Hakuho remains on course for 24th title

Mar 19, 2013

Hakuho remains on course for 24th title

Hakuho spoiled sekiwake Toyonoshima’s aspirations of a second straight yokozuna kill, keeping his undefeated record intact after the ninth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Hakuho, who is in the running for his 24th career title, improved to a 9-0 record ...