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| Apr 28, 2013

Pressure grows for the nation's housewives

by Philip Brasor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s April 19 National Press Club speech about boosting women’s participation in the workforce has been covered extensively in the domestic and foreign media since it signals a sea change in the Liberal Democratic Party’s view of women’s role in society. ...

Apr 28, 2013

Air delays get swift action as House OKs funding bill

Sequestration became a reality to the broad public in airports across the the United States this past week, and on Friday both Congress and the White House caved in to pressure from tens of thousands of airline passengers angered by flight delays. The lawmakers ...

Apr 28, 2013

DoCoMo client data in U.S. leaked

Information on 403 NTT DoCoMo Inc. customers in the U.S. was stolen and posted online after the server of its American unit was hacked, possibly by the LulzSec group, company officials confirmed Saturday. The data included names, credit card numbers, birth dates and email ...

Five years on, Fritzl incest kin live anonymously

Apr 28, 2013

Five years on, Fritzl incest kin live anonymously

When Elisabeth Fritzl emerged in April 2008 to her first breath of fresh air and ray of sunlight in a quarter of a century, she had been raped countless times by her father, Josef, and had borne him seven children. Five years after the ...

Entertaining romps set against Nazi backdrop

Apr 28, 2013

Entertaining romps set against Nazi backdrop

by Elizabeth Day

It is 1936. Daphne Linden, the unworldly, 18-year-old daughter of a priapic Oxford professor, is sent to finishing school in Germany along with a slew of other nice young girls, all of whom unwittingly get caught up in a period of tumultuous political upheaval. ...

Apr 28, 2013

Aussie settlers numbered 1,000-3,000

Australia was first settled by between 1,000 and 3,000 humans around 50,000 years ago, but the population crashed during the Ice Age before recovering to a peak of some 1.2 million people five centuries ago, a study said Wednesday. Estimating the early population of ...

Apr 28, 2013

Abe eyes Eastern Europe trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in June during a planned trip to Britain, where he is slated to attend an annual summit of the Group of Eight major economies, informed sources said. Through the trip, Abe hopes to ...

Apr 28, 2013

Minister to pitch floating offshore platform project to Brazil

The government has decided to make a stronger pitch to Brazil on building a large offshore “logistic hub” that would help it further develop oil fields and other marine resources. Tokyo views the envisioned hub, worth more than ¥50 billion, as part of infrastructure ...

Apr 28, 2013

App planned to help ID bank notes for blind

The Finance Ministry and the Bank of Japan plan to offer a free smartphone application that will allow the visually impaired to identify the value of bank notes through sound from November. The National Printing Bureau will initially develop the app for Apple Inc.’s ...

Apr 28, 2013

Cote d'Ivoire ruling party wins polls

The party of Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara has won regional and municipal elections, the country’s electoral commission said Friday after polls marked by sporadic violence and an opposition boycott. Ouattara’s Rally of Republicans (RDR) party scooped 65 of the 194 local councils up ...

Apr 28, 2013

Ranks of homeless decrease 14%: poll

The number of homeless people nationwide stood at 8,265 as of January, down 13.7 percent from a year earlier, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. The decline reported Friday was attributable to an increase in the number of people receiving welfare benefits and ...

Apr 28, 2013

U.K. jails 11 over al-Qaida plot

Eleven British Muslims were jailed Friday for planning what a judge said was a plot with the blessing of al-Qaida to carry out a string of suicide bombings to rival 9/11 and the 2005 London attacks. The conspiracy involved at least six of the ...

Apr 28, 2013

White House eases cybersecurity push

The White House has backed away from its push for mandatory cybersecurity standards in favor of an approach that will combine voluntary measures with incentives for firms to comply. That method reflects recognition of a divided Congress that makes mandated standards difficult to push ...