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Lake Hamana searched for WWII sunken tank

Apr 17, 2013

Lake Hamana searched for WWII sunken tank

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A project is under way to find a “phantom tank” at the bottom of Lake Hamana in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Imperial Japanese Army produced two Type 4 Chi-To medium-heavy tanks on a trial basis near the end of World War II, utilizing what ...

Armitage: Futenma 'Japan's responsibility'

Apr 17, 2013

Armitage: Futenma 'Japan's responsibility'

The replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa is “now the responsibility of the government of Japan” under the terms of a long-stalled agreement, according to former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Stating his position in a recent interview, ...

Film sheds light on plight of left-behind parents

Apr 17, 2013

Film sheds light on plight of left-behind parents

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Images of left-behind parents, holding up photos of their children, flash across the screen. In the United States, Canada, Europe and even Japan, these parents are waiting to reunite with offspring taken away by their estranged Japanese spouses. The documentary film “From The Shadows,” ...

Aso to 'explain' BOJ's monetary easing to G-20

Apr 17, 2013

Aso to 'explain' BOJ's monetary easing to G-20

Finance Minister Taro Aso, who also serves as deputy prime minister, is arranging to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden when he goes to Washington this week for a gathering of Group of 20 financial chiefs, government sources said Tuesday. Aso and Biden ...

Apr 17, 2013

Oi reactors can remain online: court

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In a key decision likely to affect efforts to restart the nation’s nuclear power plants, the Osaka District Court ruled Tuesday that two reactors in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, are operating under rational safety standards and that it is not clear there is a concrete ...

Apr 17, 2013

Japan's depopulation time bomb

The government must take steps to ameliorate the impact of Japan's shrinking population, which is forecast to decrease by 20 million by 2040.

Psy 'Gentleman' video smashes YouTube daily  record

Apr 17, 2013

Psy 'Gentleman' video smashes YouTube daily record

“Gangnam Style” star Psy’s new music video had received more than 50 million views on YouTube by Monday, rewriting the video-sharing site’s records for single-day hits. The dance video to “Gentleman,” the South Korean singer’s long-awaited follow up to “Gangnam Style,” was only posted ...

Miyaguni helps Giants tame Tigers

Apr 17, 2013

Miyaguni helps Giants tame Tigers

One week after being handed their first defeat of the season, the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants turned the tables on the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday with a 4-2 come-from-behind victory at Tokyo Dome. Shinnosuke Abe’s three-run homer overturned a two-run deficit in the third ...

| Apr 17, 2013

Kobe's greatness won't let him quit

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Well, at least we know Kobe Bryant isn’t retiring. One of the underlying stories of this NBA season — and, of course, it had to involve the Los Angeles Lakers, as almost everything did — was Bryant saying how with the final season of ...