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EU ban on discarding fish faces questions

Mar 26, 2013

EU ban on discarding fish faces questions

The sight of valuable fish being thrown back into the sea, mostly to die, has been a public relations nightmare for the fishing industry and driven calls by celebrity chefs and environmentalists for a ban on the practice. European fishing boats have long discarded ...

New legislators rouse Italian politics

Mar 26, 2013

New legislators rouse Italian politics

Mr. Smith went to Washington. Carlo Sibilia has come to Rome. The 27-year-old elevator salesman, who has no experience in political office, arrived in the Italian capital this month with 162 other freshman legislators from the Five Star Movement, a Web-based force whose success ...

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

Mar 26, 2013

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

by Kaori Watahiki

A rare piano produced in Yokohama’s Chinatown about 100 years ago is about to return home as a donation to Yokohama Yamate Chinese School. The piano, donated by a 65-year-old woman in Aichi Prefecture, was made by Zhou Xiaosheng, who came to Japan in ...

President flees as Central African rebels take capital

Mar 26, 2013

President flees as Central African rebels take capital

Rebels in the Central African Republic seized control of the capital, Bangui, as the president fled on Sunday, but they promised to respect a January peace deal that provides for elections within three years. Looters and armed gangs roamed the streets of the city ...

S. Korea hails new military pact with U.S.

Mar 26, 2013

S. Korea hails new military pact with U.S.

A new South Korea-U.S. pact providing for joint-military responses even to low-level provocations by North Korea offers an added deterrent at a time of elevated tension, the South’s Defense Ministry said Monday. The two allies signed the military agreement Friday in a move likely ...

Mar 26, 2013

Cancer clinics to get antismoking staff

The health ministry will staff cancer treatment hospitals across the nation with antismoking counselors from fiscal 2013, which starts in April, ministry officials said. The decision is aimed at increasing the period the public spends in good health. The government’s goal is to reduce ...

Mar 26, 2013

World must anticipate 3/11-level disasters: U.N. official

Massive earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disasters must be anticipated globally as major risks in the future, a senior U.N. official in charge of disaster-mitigation policy has said. “We have to learn how to imagine these things — because they are going to happen — ...

Mar 26, 2013

Abe wants TOEFL to be key exam

by Jun Hongo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not satisfied with revising monetary policy — he also appears bent on reviving another failing field: the public's ability to speak English.

Mar 26, 2013

Preparing for major disasters

As megaquake could strike at any time, the government should immediately begin to implement measures to minimize damage and casualties.

Mar 26, 2013

Push comes to shove on base issue

Given strong Okinawan opposition to a plan to move Futenma air station to Nago City, Tokyo should start talks with Washington to find a suitable relocation site outside Okinawa Prefecture.

Court nullifies sumo association's dismissal of Sokokurai

Mar 26, 2013

Court nullifies sumo association's dismissal of Sokokurai

The Tokyo District Court said Monday that the Japan Sumo Association’s dismissal of former makuuchi division wrestler Sokokurai in 2011 was invalid because its match-fixing allegations left room for doubt. The Chinese-born former maegashira, whose real name is Enhetubuxin, had demanded to be reinstated ...