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Cabinet's approval rate slips to 71%

Mar 25, 2013

Cabinet's approval rate slips to 71%

The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slipped 1.7 points from the previous opinion poll but remains sky-high at 71.1 percent, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday. The survey, conducted over the weekend, showed 62.7 percent of the ...

Timeline for Okinawa land return in works

Mar 25, 2013

Timeline for Okinawa land return in works

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government will compile a timeline for returning land leased to the United States for military use near Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture. “The government needs to proceed in a responsible way,” Abe told reporters in ...

Abe visits Fukushima to check reconstruction efforts

Mar 25, 2013

Abe visits Fukushima to check reconstruction efforts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday to check the progress of reconstruction in areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Abe visited Namie, a town that was evacuated following the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...

U.S. gun deaths — and tougher laws — shaped by race

Mar 25, 2013

U.S. gun deaths — and tougher laws — shaped by race

Gun deaths are shaped by race in the United States: Whites are far more likely to shoot themselves, and blacks are far more likely to be shot by someone else. The statistical difference is dramatic, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from ...

Female circumcision not mutilation: Jakarta

Mar 25, 2013

Female circumcision not mutilation: Jakarta

Thrashing wildly, 5-year-old Reta wails as she is hoisted onto a bed during a circumcision ceremony in a school hall-turned-clinic on Indonesia’s island of Java. “No, no, no,” she cries, punching and kicking as her mother cups her tear-soaked face to soothe her. Doctors ...

Mar 25, 2013

Senate sets up budget battle

The U.S. Senate reached a milestone Saturday when it overcame partisan gridlock to approve its first budget resolution in four years, setting up a political duel with the Republican-held House of Representatives. The sweeping plan for the 2014 fiscal year, the first budget blueprint ...

Mar 25, 2013

Prosperity for fisheries

Fortunately a fishing cooperative in Fukushima Prefecture has been able to shake off rumors that its products are tainted with radioactive substances.

Mar 25, 2013

Coping with a Nankai megaquake

It is estimated that economic damage from a magnitude-9 quake centered in the Pacific's Nankai Trough could amount to 40 percent of Japan's GDP.

Mar 25, 2013

Konno healthy enough to play in Jordan match

by Gus Fielding

Japan has been given a timely boost after one of coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s most trusted players on Saturday declared himself fit to play in Tuesday’s crunch World Cup qualifier away to Jordan. Laid low with a fever earlier this week, Gamba Osaka utility man ...