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Mar 29, 2013

Nakayama Steel to get state help

A government agency said Thursday it will help financially strapped Nakayama Steel Works Ltd. turn around its operations. If the midsize steelmaker’s condition worsens further, it could lead to a loss of many jobs, greatly impacting the Osaka economy, an official in the Regional ...

Mar 29, 2013

Ozawa wields baton in public again

Conductor Seiji Ozawa performed in front of an audience Wednesday evening for the first time in 14 months, conducting the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku orchestra in Kyoto. The 77-year-old maestro conducted a 10-minute overture of Egmont by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ozawa last performed in front ...

Kagawa's time at United will come, ex-England striker Cole says

Mar 29, 2013

Kagawa's time at United will come, ex-England striker Cole says

Shinji Kagawa’s time will come at Old Trafford, former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole says. Maybe not now or this season, but eventually, it will. “He’s done really well,” Cole said in an interview with Kyodo News. “People, when anyone moves to Manchester United ...

Mar 29, 2013

Police to create 13 cyber units

Special investigation units will be created in 13 prefectures in April to strengthen the fight against cyber-attacks, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The special units, which will have a total of 140 members, will work with government bodies, infrastructure operators and organizations handling ...

2013 Pacific League Preview

Mar 29, 2013

2013 Pacific League Preview

by Jason Coskrey

The sky is the limit for the Hawks, who will be looking to claim their third pennant in four seasons. Softbank lost captain Hiroki Kokubo to retirement, but replaced him with Bryan LaHair, a 30-year-old infielder who was an All-Star last season for the ...

Mar 29, 2013

Lower House passes stopgap budget

With no initial budget for the year likely to arrive until May, the Lower House on Thursday passed a ¥13.2 trillion stopgap budget for fiscal 2013, starting April 1, to fund 50 days of government spending. The provisional budget is scheduled to be voted ...

Mar 29, 2013

Kuroda keeps up rhetoric on deflation

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda pledged Thursday to engage in aggressive monetary easing to achieve the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target and end the nation’s prolonged bout with deflation. “It is necessary to continue bold monetary easing in terms of quality and ...

Japanese 'Outsiders' stage art exhibit in London

Mar 29, 2013

Japanese 'Outsiders' stage art exhibit in London

An exhibition opening in London on Thursday features works by Japanese artists suffering from a variety of mental illnesses and behavioral disorders. “Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan” is a display of more than 300 works by 46 artists who attend specialist care institutions. The ...

Singh to visit for rail, nuke pact talks

Mar 29, 2013

Singh to visit for rail, nuke pact talks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will likely visit Japan by the end of May to discuss a high-speed railway project and a bilateral civilian nuclear cooperation pact, India's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Speed up territorial talks with Russia: ex-diplomat

Mar 29, 2013

Speed up territorial talks with Russia: ex-diplomat

A retired senior diplomat has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to accelerate negotiations on a territorial row with Russia, saying the “window of opportunity” to resolve the long-standing issue is only likely to remain open until “the end of this year.” Kazuhiko Togo, ...

Teacher vows to protect students from disasters

Mar 29, 2013

Teacher vows to protect students from disasters

by Yugo Hirano

Having lost his daughter in the quake-tsunami disaster two years ago, Toshiro Sato, a teacher in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, believes the best disaster prevention is not to forget what happened that fateful day and confront it. “I don’t want to let any more students ...

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

Mar 29, 2013

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

by Tomoko Otake

The Kabukiza is back — with big ambitions and aspirations to make the nation’s classical theatrical entertainment more attractive to a 21st-century audience. The reopened kabuki theater — now reconstructed for the fifth time — in the upscale shopping-entertainment district of Ginza, will roll ...

Mar 29, 2013

Narita to have 87 more international flights by fall

Japanese and foreign airlines plan to add 87 international flights a week at Narita International Airport by the end of October thanks to open skies liberalization. Airlines will be able to decide routes and the number of flights on their own. Narita is expected ...

Venture manufacturers on the rise

Mar 29, 2013

Venture manufacturers on the rise

by Hiroko Nakata

Surrounded by fields and houses on the outskirts of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, few people would recognize this office as the headquarters of an electronics company. But this is where Keita Yagi runs Bsize Inc., making, designing and selling products all on his own.

New SUVs, luxury cars shown off in New York

Mar 29, 2013

New SUVs, luxury cars shown off in New York

Japanese carmakers are showcasing their sport utility vehicles and luxury cars at the annual New York International Auto Show, which opened Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. debuted the 2014 Highlander SUV with a redesigned exterior, bigger interior and three engine choices, including a hybrid option. ...

Mar 29, 2013

First talks end on East Asian FTA deal

Senior officials from Japan, China and South Korea on Thursday ended their first round of talks on reaching a free-trade agreement, according to South Korea’s chief delegate. “We discussed the scope of negotiations . . . and administrative details like the timetable of negotiations,” ...