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TPP deal irks farmers, automakers

Apr 14, 2013

TPP deal irks farmers, automakers

Farmers and carmakers fret over the accord reached with the U.S. endorsing Japan's entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, but major business lobbies hail the move.

Apr 14, 2013

Tepco clueless on leaking cisterns

The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant said that visual checks of the crippled complex’s leaking cisterns have failed to turn up any clues as to how radioactive water is escaping. Although workers removed some of the soil covering one of the ...

Tabloids sharpen claws for North Korea's 'X-Day'

| Apr 14, 2013

Tabloids sharpen claws for North Korea's 'X-Day'

by Mark Schreiber

Three months before the present crisis on the Korean peninsula, Shukan Jitsuwa (Jan. 24) ran an uncharacteristically astute article predicting that in addition to potential for armed conflict with China over the disputed Senkaku Islands, North Korea, under its inexperienced young leader Kim Jong ...

North Korea out of reach for U.S. spies

Apr 14, 2013

North Korea out of reach for U.S. spies

Conflicting accounts from U.S. intelligence about the status of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development underscore just how difficult it is for American spy agencies to penetrate its inscrutable regime, officials and experts said. The world’s most powerful intelligence apparatus is often left to guesswork ...

Strong quake hurts 23 in echoes of Kobe '95

Apr 14, 2013

Strong quake hurts 23 in echoes of Kobe '95

A powerful temblor with a magnitude of 6.3 strikes western Japan, causing at least 23 injuries and traumatic flashbacks to the lethal 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that destroyed much of Kobe.

Morsi, army deny charge of killings

Apr 14, 2013

Morsi, army deny charge of killings

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the military have closed ranks to deny charges that soldiers had killed and tortured protesters, following leaks of an investigatory report implicating officers. The findings — if confirmed, since the report has not been made public — are potentially ...

BBC in Thatcher death song row

Apr 14, 2013

BBC in Thatcher death song row

The BBC said Friday it will play just five seconds of “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” on its weekly radio chart show after the song surged toward the No. 1 spot following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Opponents of the “Iron ...

Gun rights lobby pushes weaker bill

Apr 14, 2013

Gun rights lobby pushes weaker bill

As the U.S. Senate prepares to begin debate this week on the biggest gun-control bill in nearly two decades, the gun rights lobby and its Senate allies are working on a series of amendments that have the potential to do the opposite — loosening ...

Iran's presidential hopefuls take aim at Ahmadinejad

Apr 14, 2013

Iran's presidential hopefuls take aim at Ahmadinejad

Iran’s political landscape has become increasingly divided during controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second and final term. But as a diverse array of candidates to replace him takes shape, nearly all the contenders seem united on one thing: attacking the president’s legacy. The eventual winner ...

Late Chavez haunts Venezuela's election

| Apr 14, 2013

Late Chavez haunts Venezuela's election

In Venezuela’s brief but raucous presidential campaign, the ruling party has let Hugo Chavez do the talking. On state television, he provides words of wisdom in frequent ads, and loudspeakers at campaign rallies belt out recordings of him singing the national anthem. And then ...

Apr 14, 2013

Vice magazine hits TV with journo-tourism for hipsters

by Hank Stuever

Vice is a brash Brooklyn-based magazine and international media company, but mostly it’s a brand of thinking and marketing that has extended itself over the past decade to a popular website and YouTube channel. With bureaus around the world, Vice makes as much news ...

Apr 14, 2013

A positive step in Senkaku dispute

Japan and Taiwan on Wednesday signed an agreement on fishing rights in the sea near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, claimed by both China and Taiwan. The agreement sets aside the sovereignty issue over the Senkakus and allows Taiwanese trawlers ...

Apr 14, 2013

Testing children's English ability

Japan’s obsession with testing is growing, according to new information from the Eiken Foundation of Japan. The foundation, which oversees one of Japan’s most oft-taken English exams, the Eiken, has reported that the number of primary school students taking the Eiken test in practical ...

Ancient Roman bones reveal brutal history

Apr 14, 2013

Ancient Roman bones reveal brutal history

by Guy Gugliotta

In the days of ancient Rome, it was never a good idea to send amateurs to pacify the Germanic tribes. The Emperor Augustus found this out in A.D. 9, when his handpicked crony, Varus, blundered into a series of ambushes in the Teutoburg Forest ...

Star Troupe's top <em>otokoyaku</em> star speaks out

Apr 14, 2013

Star Troupe's top otokoyaku star speaks out

by Mark Buckton

Ahead of their current Taiwan tour, Yuzuki Reon, the current top otokoyaku (male-role actress) with the Takarazuka Revue, took time out between rehearsals at the city-center Tokyo Takarazuka Theater to share with readers of The Japan Times something of her view from such a ...

Swimmer Hagino captures record fifth title at nationals

Apr 14, 2013

Swimmer Hagino captures record fifth title at nationals

Kosuke Hagino made Japanese swimming history on Saturday when he became the first swimmer to win five titles at the national championships. Hagino powered to victory in the 200-meter individual medley in a Japanese record time of 1 minute, 55.74 seconds on the third ...

Marinos extend perfect start to year

Apr 14, 2013

Marinos extend perfect start to year

Substitute Jin Hanato struck one minute to time as Yokohama F. Marinos extended their perfect start to the J.League season to six games with a 2-1 victory over Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday. Hanato opened his 2013 account after coming on late for Manabu Saito, ...