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Mar 28, 2013

Nuclear group blames overconfidence for crisis

Overconfidence in nuclear plant safety was behind the Fukushima crisis, according to an interim report by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan released Wednesday. The main direct cause of the meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. facility was the loss of reactor cooling ...

Mar 28, 2013

Myanmar's 'cronies' face spate of criticism

A new English word has entered the colloquial language in Myanmar, a word that could not even be uttered in public until recently. The word is “crony,” and it describes the business elite who exploited their closeness to the country’s military rulers to amass ...

Students thank U.S. military for aid

Mar 28, 2013

Students thank U.S. military for aid

A group of students from the tsunami-hit town of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, met Tuesday with U.S. military personnel at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego to thank them for their relief efforts under Operation Tomodachi two years ago. The six high school ...

Mar 28, 2013

Effects of same-sex parenting debated

Amid the legal arguments at Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, there loomed a social science question: How well do children turn out when they are raised by gay parents? Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is widely considered the swing vote, called the topic ...

Guilty verdict for two ex-Ozawa aides to stand

Mar 28, 2013

Guilty verdict for two ex-Ozawa aides to stand

Two of three former aides to veteran political don Ichiro Ozawa will not appeal their guilty verdicts, upheld by the Tokyo High Court earlier this month, for falsifying the political funds reports of Ozawa’s fund management body, sources said Wednesday. The move means the ...

Mar 28, 2013

Cabinet OKs ¥13.2 trillion stopgap budget

With the initial budget for the year unlikely to be enacted until May, the government on Wednesday approved a ¥13.2 trillion stopgap budget for fiscal 2013 starting April 1 to fund spending for 50 days. Because it covers pension expenses and large-scale public works ...

'Ujino Pop/Life'

Mar 28, 2013

'Ujino Pop/Life'

by Tomohiro Osaki

Muneteru Ujino is renowned for his “sound sculptures” — art objects for which sound is integral. He often experiments with home appliances such as lamps and electric drills, and his combination of art and music has led to comparisons with Luigi Russollo, the Italian ...

'Shohachi Kimura'

Mar 28, 2013

'Shohachi Kimura'

by Tomohiro Osaki

Shohachi Kimura (1893-1958) developed an early interest in foreign novels and other facets of Western culture. He first aspired to become a writer, but changed his mind at age 18 to pursue art and painting. Still interested in literature, however, he often contributed illustrations ...

'Through Japanese Eyes: Paris, 1900-1945'

Mar 28, 2013

'Through Japanese Eyes: Paris, 1900-1945'

by Delilah Romasanta

Japan first became fascinated with Western culture after the Meiji Restoration (1868), when the country opened itself to foreign relations and trade. Keen to learn about, assimilate and reinvent cultural influences, many Japanese sought inspiration in Paris, which was then considered the art center ...

Mar 28, 2013

David Miliband to quit politics

Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who lost the 2010 battle for the leadership of the opposition Labour Party to his younger brother Ed, announced Wednesday he is quitting politics. Miliband is stepping down as a lawmaker to take up the post of president ...

Mar 28, 2013

Tokio Marine to promote Nagano

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. said Executive Vice President Tsuyoshi Nagano will be promoted to president of the property and casualty insurance group. Nagano, 60, will double as president of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., a key wing of the insurance group, the ...

Mar 28, 2013

Buffett to increase stake in Goldman

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway will become one of Goldman Sachs’ largest stockholders in the latest reward for its aid to the bank at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. Berkshire could receive more than 9 million Goldman shares under an amended warrants deal ...

Mar 28, 2013

Abe to decide on sales tax hike in fall

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday his administration will decide around October whether to raise the consumption tax to 8 percent from the current 5 percent in April 2014. “We will make a judgment while carefully observing the economic situation” based on government data ...

Mar 28, 2013

Big banks look to raise bonuses

The three major banking groups are expected to increase bonuses for fiscal 2013, which starts next month, from the levels for the current fiscal year, it was learned Wednesday. It would be the first time in five years for all three of the top ...

Mar 28, 2013

Chubachi to resign posts at Sony

Sony Corp. said former President Ryoji Chubachi will resign as vice chairman and representative corporate executive officer, effective Sunday. Chubachi, 65, will also resign from the board at a general shareholders’ meeting scheduled for June. He is slated Monday to take up the post ...