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Apr 10, 2013

Ministry mulled South damages

The Finance Ministry in 1962 considered allowing South Korean individuals to seek damages for World War II-linked suffering during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, according to diplomatic records disclosed recently, a civic group said Monday. The records were among classified documents on ...

North Korea's U.S. diplomatic channel fades

Apr 10, 2013

North Korea's U.S. diplomatic channel fades

Han Song Ryol, the North Korean diplomat who serves as his country’s principal liaison with the United States, has spent the better part of the past two decades exploring the prospects for a normalized bilateral relationship with Washington. From his perch at North Korea’s ...

Falling yen prompts Abe reassurances

Apr 10, 2013

Falling yen prompts Abe reassurances

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday to take necessary measures to avoid adverse effects of the yen’s depreciation on the economy, indicating some domestic policymakers have become cautious about the sharp moves in the currency’s rate. “We’ll monitor the impact on companies and households ...

Cultural institute chief hopes to introduce Italy to Japan

Apr 10, 2013

Cultural institute chief hopes to introduce Italy to Japan

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Giorgio Amitrano, 55, the new director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, is an eminent Italian scholar of Japanese literature who has translated a number of popular Japanese works, including Banana Yoshimoto’s “Kitchen.” ” ‘Kitchen’ became a best-selling book in Italy, selling around ...

Vatican dismissed Chile junta reports

Apr 10, 2013

Vatican dismissed Chile junta reports

The Vatican once dismissed reports of massacres by Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet as “communist propaganda,” according to declassified U.S. diplomatic documents from the 1970s released Monday. One cable dated Oct. 18, 1973, sent to Washington by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See ...

Apr 10, 2013

BOJ in March also thought to up easing

Bank of Japan decision-makers discussed further monetary easing steps, such as buying government bonds with longer maturities, at the Policy Board meeting chaired March 6 and 7 by then-Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa, the minutes showed Tuesday. Among other options raised by the board members were ...

Shibuya Ward picks mascot; take a cruise around Japan

| Apr 10, 2013

Shibuya Ward picks mascot; take a cruise around Japan

ANNOUNCEMENTS Shibuya selects mascot In yet another move for a municipality to use “yuru-kyara” cute characters for promotional purposes, the Shibuya Ward government has selected a character called Airissun to be its mascot, the ward announced April 1. Shibuya Ward collected yuru-kyara ideas from ...

Thatcher 'relentless in home life'

Apr 10, 2013

Thatcher 'relentless in home life'

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Behind the black door of 10 Downing St., in her private life Margaret Thatcher was a housewife mother of sometimes troubled twins, supported by her ever-loyal husband, Denis. In her autobiography she wrote: “I could never have been prime minister for more than 11 ...

Fukushima springs new cistern leak

Apr 10, 2013

Fukushima springs new cistern leak

Tepco halts the transfer of radioactive seawater from one leaking sunken reservoir to another at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex after a new cistern leak is found.

Apr 10, 2013

Rubella on the rise

Rubella, aka German measles, which can give rise to birth defects if it infects pregnant women, has become rampant in the Tokyo and Kansai regions.

Apr 10, 2013

Loosen the lay judge gag

It is disappointing that a Justice Ministry review panel so far doesn't give strong support to the idea of loosening the gag order imposed on lay judges.

| Apr 10, 2013

Top chefs launch label to laud French cuisine

Worried by declining standards in France’s famed restaurants, world-famous chefs launched a new label April 10 that will only be awarded to eateries that meet strict criteria. The “quality restaurant” designation will be granted to establishments in any price range that meet standards set ...

Scoring maestro Kennedy ready for action: Stojkovic

Apr 10, 2013

Scoring maestro Kennedy ready for action: Stojkovic

Australia forward Josh Kennedy, who has not played since September due to injury, is poised to return for Nagoya Grampus, manager Dragan Stojkovic revealed on Tuesday. Kennedy, who led the J. League in goals in 2010 and 2011, had surgery on his lower back ...

| Apr 10, 2013

NFL combine, pro days pointless

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It’s time once more for NFL personnel honchos to play “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” In other words, the pro football draft will be taking place shortly. And much like 8-year olds at a birthday party playing that ageless blindfold game, team mucky-mucks ...