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Appliance makers get serious about beauty products

Mar 30, 2013

Appliance makers get serious about beauty products

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"Beauty" may not be the first thing that pops into people's heads when they think about electronics, but struggling Japanese home electronics manufacturers see a great deal of promise in a range of beauty gadgets targeting women, from high-tech hair dryers to steam skin ...

Haneda rebounds to No. 4 in world

Mar 30, 2013

Haneda rebounds to No. 4 in world

Tokyo’s Haneda airport was rated the world’s fourth-busiest in 2012, regaining a position it last held in 2008, according to data from Airport Council International, an organization of global airport operators. Haneda, formally known as Tokyo International Airport, was pushed down to fifth place ...

Indonesian antiterrorist unit now 'fueling jihad'

Mar 30, 2013

Indonesian antiterrorist unit now 'fueling jihad'

The elite police unit on the front line of Indonesia’s lauded terrorism clampdown faces fresh allegations of torture and unlawful killings, raising concerns it is fueling the jihadist cause. Detachment 88, established after the 2002 bombings on Bali that killed 202 people, mostly Western ...

No driver, no problem: how road travel will change

Mar 30, 2013

No driver, no problem: how road travel will change

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Navigation Innovation in motoring has always involved the gradual removal of human agency from the general business of operating a car. The hand crank, the choke and the double-dip clutch are thankfully behind us, and new cars can not only turn the wheels and ...

Britain needs Japan food show: chef

Mar 30, 2013

Britain needs Japan food show: chef

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British chef Valentine Warner developed a taste for Japanese food at a younger age than most Europeans in his generation. Until he was 3, he lived in Japan while his father was the ambassador. After the family moved back home, his mother continued cooking ...

Warming is redrawing the wine map

Mar 30, 2013

Warming is redrawing the wine map

It is 2050 and shoppers are stopping off at Ikea to buy fine wine made in Sweden. A Nordic fantasy? Not according to climate experts who say the Earth’s warming phase is already driving a wave of change through the world of wine. As ...

What sculpture reveals about sex and the Romans

Mar 30, 2013

What sculpture reveals about sex and the Romans

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Nothing is more likely to inspire us to see for ourselves than a warning about the effects of looking. Take the media interest this month when it was revealed that the British Museum’s exhibition, “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum,” is to include ...

Survivor recalls Dachau  on its 80th anniversary

Mar 30, 2013

Survivor recalls Dachau on its 80th anniversary

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Max Mannheimer will never forget the words of his block leader when he entered the gates of Dachau concentration camp on Aug. 6, 1944. “You’re veterans at this by now,” said the prisoner, a communist. “You know the most important thing is not to ...

Mar 30, 2013

Idled reactor upkeep bleeding utilities by ¥1.2 trillion

The nine utilities that own nuclear power plants need a total of ¥1.2 trillion a year just to maintain their idled reactors, according to the latest government estimate. Antinuclear lawmakers disclosed the estimate, which was developed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, ...

Court: Temple can buy Chongryon's HQ

Mar 30, 2013

Court: Temple can buy Chongryon's HQ

The Tokyo District Court allows a Buddhist temple with ties to North Korea to acquire the Tokyo offices of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

Mar 30, 2013

OECD applauds 'Abenomics,' sharply upgrades economic outlook

The OECD has welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies aimed at dragging the economy out of a more than decade-long deflationary recession. In its interim report on the outlook for the Group of Seven economies, released Thursday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and ...

Mar 30, 2013

ID system raises thorny issues

There are problems with the Abe administration's bill to launch the "my number" system, which would integrate personal data onto a single ID card.

Mar 30, 2013

Lessons of the Cyprus crisis

The collapse of Cyprus' banking system may have been averted thanks to an international rescue, but causes of the crisis have not been eradicated.