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Mar 20, 2013

No. 1 fuel pool power to be restored: Tepco

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Critical cooling systems for four pools containing thousands of nuclear fuel assemblies at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant shut down due to a loss of power overnight Monday, highlighting the vulnerability of the ad hoc equipment set up after the meltdowns two years ...

Shirakawa exits after 'turbulent' BOJ term

Mar 20, 2013

Shirakawa exits after 'turbulent' BOJ term

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Departing Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa expresses regret for not being able to end a decades-long struggle with deflation during his "turbulent" five years in office, but adds that he believes a recovery is possible.

Big retailers fear ad ban after tax hike

Mar 20, 2013

Big retailers fear ad ban after tax hike

Domestic superstore operators are concerned about a government bill banning retailers from advertising price discounts to minimize the impact of the April 2014 consumption tax increase on customers and, eventually, their earnings. The government says it has drawn up the bill to allow companies ...

Japan builds on Philippine students' dreams

Mar 20, 2013

Japan builds on Philippine students' dreams

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To some people, the seven-classroom facility used by elementary school students in the Muslim-dominated southern Philippine village of Bualan in the town of Pikit is just a building — though evidently a well-built one. But for the students in Pikit — whose education is ...

Abe firm on Futenma but vows respite

Mar 20, 2013

Abe firm on Futenma but vows respite

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that his government will make efforts to ease Okinawa’s burden of hosting the bulk of U.S. military bases in Japan and promote the prefecture’s economic development. “There are still many U.S. military facilities, imposing large burdens on the ...

Food firms going abroad in search of growth markets

Mar 20, 2013

Food firms going abroad in search of growth markets

Major food firms are aggressively expanding abroad escape Japan’s shrinking market, dwindling birthrate and aging population. Suntory Holdings Ltd. plans to list its core subsidiary, Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd., on the Tokyo Stock Exchange to raise funds for “food and beverage operations growing ...

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

Mar 20, 2013

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

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When a massive dock drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the U.S. West Coast after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it brought along more than the invasive “wakame” kelp and mussels that were attached to it. The city of Newport, Oregon, where ...

Kuroda's team best for market: ex-banker

Mar 20, 2013

Kuroda's team best for market: ex-banker

Incoming Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and his two deputies are the “right people” to lead the Bank of Japan because of their ability to convey the central bank’s intentions to investors, a former BOJ official said. “These are the right people, the appropriate people, for ...

U.S. flies nuke-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea

Mar 20, 2013

U.S. flies nuke-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea

The United States said it was flying training missions of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in a clear signal to North Korea at a time of escalating military tensions. The flights — part of annual joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises — should be ...

Flush ANA looking to make deals in South Asia

Mar 20, 2013

Flush ANA looking to make deals in South Asia

All Nippon Airways Co., Japan’s largest airline by sales, is looking for acquisitions and partnerships abroad, with an eye particularly on India and Thailand, after raising $1.8 billion in a share sale last year to expand. “We’re considering various options, including acquisitions or collaboration ...

Interpreter works as bridge to foreigners

Mar 20, 2013

Interpreter works as bridge to foreigners

With nearly 40 years of experience as an English-Japanese interpreter, 69-year-old Mariko Nagai has worked for a number of important figures from various fields. Nagai has attended numerous summits as an interpreter for prime ministers, in which her role was to interpret what the ...

Mar 20, 2013

Washington Post pay wall to go up midyear

The Washington Post said Monday it would start charging frequent readers for online access starting in mid-2013, with some details still to be finalized. The move, which had been expected, will require a paid subscription after 20 articles or multimedia features have been read ...

Mar 20, 2013

Tokyo Metro to make cell services available on all lines

Tokyo Metro Co., the capital’s largest subway operator, said mobile phone services will be available in trains on all nine lines from noon Thursday. While cellphone services in trains have improved over the past year, segments on the Ginza and Marunouchi lines have remained ...

Mar 20, 2013

Matsuzaka takes Triple-A assignment

Cleveland Indians minor league right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has accepted assignment with Triple-A Columbus after the team notified him on Monday that he will not be part of the Opening Day roster. Cleveland manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti called a meeting with ...

Hakuho improves to 10-0

Mar 20, 2013

Hakuho improves to 10-0

Yokozuna Hakuho survived an epic encounter against Estonian giant Baruto, outfoxing his opponent to retain his undefeated mark on the 10th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. With the victory the sole leader improved to 10-0 with just five days left ...

Burns energizes triumphant B-Corsairs in return

Mar 20, 2013

Burns energizes triumphant B-Corsairs in return

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All-Star guard Draelon Burns played a game for the first time in nearly a month, and made an impressive all-around impact. Burns had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, a season-high five steals and a blocked shot in the B-Corsairs’ 81-67 victory over the ...