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Former French president's son runs for office from America

Mar 30, 2013

Former French president's son runs for office from America

Louis Giscard d’Estaing, a former two-term deputy representing Puy-de-Dome in the National Assembly, mayor of Chamalieres and son of former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing kicked off his latest campaign Tuesday afternoon — in Bethesda, Maryland. Flanked by two 20-year-old campaign volunteers in European ...

Mar 30, 2013

Bolt to vie for 150m record on beach

Usain Bolt, the two-time reigning Olympic champion over 100 and 200 meters, will bid to better his world record over the rarely raced distance of 150 meters on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach on Sunday. The Jamaican sprint star set the world best ...

| Mar 30, 2013

Kyoto's Zuishin-in hosting dance performance

Children in pale pink traditional costumes will dance and sing in a Hanezu Odori performance in Kyoto’s Zuishin-in Temple on Sunday. The performance will be held four times — at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission, which includes the temple’s ...

Mar 29, 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 29, 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.

Iraq, Afghan wars to cost U.S. up to $6 trillion: study

Mar 29, 2013

Iraq, Afghan wars to cost U.S. up to $6 trillion: study

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost American taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study ...

Mar 29, 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 29, 2013

Defense institute seeks integrated efforts with U.S.

by Ayako Mie

Amid the changing security situation in East Asia, Japan should be equipped with more flexible and integrated defense capabilities and enhanced coordination among the Self-Defense Forces, the Japan Coast Guard and the U.S. military, according to the 2013 East Asian Strategic Review released Friday. ...

Mar 29, 2013

U.S. cybersecurity talks set for May

Japan and the U.S. plan to hold their first comprehensive dialogue on cybersecurity in Tokyo in May in an effort to boost cooperation in dealing with growing Net-based attacks, sources said. The two countries aim to beef up their countermeasures against cyber-attacks by launching ...

Mar 29, 2013

Three years sought for ex-rail execs

Court-appointed lawyers acting as prosecutors are seeking three-year prison sentences for three former presidents of West Japan Railway Co. for neglecting their responsibility to prevent a train derailment in 2005 that killed 107 people. The lawyers told the Kobe District Court on Wednesday that ...