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KHI gives MSDF first P-1 antisub patrol aircraft

Mar 27, 2013

KHI gives MSDF first P-1 antisub patrol aircraft

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. held a ceremony Tuesday in Gifu Prefecture to deliver the first two P-1 next-generation antisubmarine patrol aircraft to the Maritime Self-Defense Force. The two planes will be deployed to the MSDF Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture and will undergo flight ...

U.K. announces new clampdown on immigration

Mar 27, 2013

U.K. announces new clampdown on immigration

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a fresh clampdown on immigration to Britain with plans to restrict migrants’ rights to unemployment, health and housing benefits. Cameron acknowledged the contribution made by generations of immigrants, but warned Britain had for too long been regarded ...

Chinese sentenced for military data theft

Mar 27, 2013

Chinese sentenced for military data theft

Measured in millimeters, the tiny device was designed to allow drones, missiles and rockets to hit targets without satellite guidance. An advanced version was being developed secretly for the U.S. military by a small company and L-3 Communications, a major defense contractor. On Monday, ...

Berezovsky: a tale of betrayal by pal Putin

Mar 27, 2013

Berezovsky: a tale of betrayal by pal Putin

by Luke Harding

Boris Berezovsky had always believed in British justice. It was, after all, a British judge who had granted him asylum, after Berezovsky fell out with his one-time protege, Vladimir Putin, and fled in 2000 to London. The move infuriated the Kremlin. Since then, the ...

LDP undaunted by vote-value rulings

Mar 27, 2013

LDP undaunted by vote-value rulings

by Reiji Yoshida

Despite a spate of high court rulings that last year’s general election was unconstitutional and even invalid due to large vote disparities, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party doesn’t think it is necessary to hold another Lower House campaign as long as it works on ...

Panasonic gets home solar sales lift

Mar 27, 2013

Panasonic gets home solar sales lift

Panasonic Corp. said its solar-panel operation will probably remain profitable amid growing demand from domestic homeowners. Shipments in February reached a record level as the nation’s feed-in-tariff system for electricity triggered demand for rooftop systems, Kazuhiro Yoshida, who heads the business, said in Tokyo ...

Saitama urges Seibu to keep Chichibu Line open

Mar 27, 2013

Saitama urges Seibu to keep Chichibu Line open

by Kazuaki Nagata

Saitama Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda and other local leaders are making their case to Seibu Holdings Inc. to keep the Seibu Chichibu Line open as rumors swirl that the firm’s biggest shareholder is demanding that the unprofitable railway section be abandoned. “It would severely damage ...

Mar 27, 2013

Kishida retraction: China a 'concern,' not 'threat'

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida effectively retracted his remarks over the weekend in which he described China’s military expansion as a “threat” to the region, saying Tuesday that he instead meant to say “concern.” The remarks, made in a Sunday appearance on NHK, “would not ...

Mar 27, 2013

Slovenia next in line to face debt woe

As soon as policymakers averted a crisis in Cyprus, another appears to be brewing. The latest country to provoke concern is Slovenia. The small former Yugoslav republic took a beating Friday, with long-term bond yields spiking to 5.4 percent amid fears the country would ...

Mar 27, 2013

Dainippon Screen to outsource

Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co., a maker of machines that clean semiconductor wafers, plans to buy more materials overseas, including from China, to help it return to profit. Overseas procurement of components for chip equipment will rise to about 10 percent from almost zero now, ...

| Mar 27, 2013

Dodgers gone, but memories remain

by Dave Wiggins

The Dodgers MLB franchise sure has a way of breaking the hearts of towns that love them. First, back in 1957, “Dem Bums” — as they were then-affectionately known — jilted Brooklyn and split for the riches of Los Angeles. To this day, Brooklynites ...

Mar 27, 2013

Ban on breeding, import of 'invasive aliens' to cover hybrid species

The Environment Ministry plans to basically ban the breeding or import of hybrids involving species designated as “invasive aliens,” which authorities fear could heavily damage the nation’s ecosystem, sources said. So far, only invasive alien species have been subject to the ban. The rule ...

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

Mar 27, 2013

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

by Ed Odeven

Taking a look back at an action-packed Sunday in the bj-league. News, notes and observations… *On Sunday morning, I briefly conversed with a middle-aged train engineer at Sendai Station while en route to Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, for the Sendai 89ers-Osaka Evessa series finale. The ...

Mar 27, 2013

Five years sought for Olympus chairman

Prosecutors sought a five-year prison term Tuesday for former Olympus Corp. Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa for colluding with two others to cover up massive investment losses at the firm. Prosecutors at the Tokyo District Court also requested prison terms of 4½ years for former Olympus ...

Mar 27, 2013

Reef-building corals may perish by end of 21st century

Reef-building corals may perish by the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue to acidify seawater, a Japanese research team announced Monday. The team, led by Shihori Inoue of the University of Tokyo, clarified adverse effects of the carbon-caused oceanic acidification on ...