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Aichi tries to hang on to female doctors

| Apr 13, 2013

Aichi tries to hang on to female doctors

Starting from April, female doctors with children at Fujita Health University Hospital in Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture, who need shorter working hours to care for their young will have the option of working 20 or 30 hours a week, instead of the regular 40 hours. ...

Patriot units to be deployed in Okinawa permanently

Apr 13, 2013

Patriot units to be deployed in Okinawa permanently

The government said Friday it will permanently deploy Patriot antimissile batteries in Okinawa amid repeated threats by North Korea to launch missiles that could strike anywhere in Japan. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the Self-Defense Forces will locate Patriot Advanced Capability-3 batteries at its ...

Suu Kyi visiting to drum up support

Apr 13, 2013

Suu Kyi visiting to drum up support

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will arrive in Japan on Saturday for her first visit in 27 years to discuss support for her fast-reforming nation, government officials said. Tokyo aims to strengthen ties with the 67-year-old democracy icon, who is highly influential ...

Fans flock early to snag Murakami's latest book

Apr 13, 2013

Fans flock early to snag Murakami's latest book

by Jun Hongo

Fans of Haruki Murakami lined up at bookstores from the wee hours of Friday morning to be the first to get their hands on the famed author’s much-anticipated new novel. “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi,” (“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki ...

Apr 13, 2013

Nuke plant utilization rate fell to 3.9% in 2012

The utilization rate of nuclear power plants plunged another 19.8 percentage points in fiscal 2012 to a negligible 3.9 percent from the year before, setting a record low for the second straight year, industry data showed Friday. It was the first time the annual ...

Apr 13, 2013

IMF says so far, so good with easing by central banks

Global central banks, including the Bank of Japan, buying assets and keeping interest rates low to boost growth have had “positive short-term effects for banks” even as risks from the policies are increasing, the International Monetary Fund said. “The prolonged period of low interest ...

Tokyo Disneyland, now 30, still casts spell

Apr 13, 2013

Tokyo Disneyland, now 30, still casts spell

by Kazuaki Nagata

Tokyo Disney Resort, comprising Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, celebrates its 30th anniversary Monday with no signs that its magic spell has worn off, as figures show the wildly popular venue lured a record 27.5 million visitors in fiscal 2012.

'Don't despair, repair' gives gadgets a new lease on life

Apr 13, 2013

'Don't despair, repair' gives gadgets a new lease on life

An innovative project in London is helping people prolong the life of their electronic devices by repairing them and encouraging others to learn to do the same. If you’re the kind of person who owns a mobile phone held together with sticky tape, or ...

Apr 13, 2013

Gitmo dogged by new controversy

The U.S. military justice system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been dogged by charges of secret monitoring of proceedings and defense communications, became embroiled in a fresh controversy Thursday when it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of defense emails were turned over ...

Special law on new flu enforced

Apr 13, 2013

Special law on new flu enforced

A special law will be enforced to combat the spread of new, highly virulent forms of influenza, the Cabinet says, amid the deadly H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China.

Apr 13, 2013

Australia to tackle Japan on whaling at U.N. world court

Australia is to fire the opening salvoes in a legal battle before the United Nations highest court in June aimed at stopping Japan’s whaling operations in the Antarctic Ocean. “The International Court of Justice . . . will hold public hearings in the case ...

Apr 13, 2013

Another failure with Iran

Another round of talks among concerned nations over Iran's nuclear intentions goes nowhere. What accounts for Tehran's tenacity the past decade?

Boxer Murata decides to turn pro

Apr 13, 2013

Boxer Murata decides to turn pro

Middleweight Ryota Murata, who became Japan’s first Olympic boxing champion in 48 years last summer at the London Games, said Friday he is turning pro. Murata will make his pro debut with Tokyo’s Misako Gym, which has produced such fighters as former world champion ...

Hagino outduels Irie for 100-meter backstroke national title

Apr 13, 2013

Hagino outduels Irie for 100-meter backstroke national title

Kosuke Hagino defeated London Olympic bronze medalist Ryosuke Irie in the men’s 100 meters backstroke on Friday to capture his third title at the national swimming championships, a qualifier for this summer’s world championships in Barcelona. The 18-year-old Hagino surpassed the qualifying standard with ...