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Taiwan skippers hail pact and jump the gun

May 11, 2013

Taiwan skippers hail pact and jump the gun

Even though the new Japan-Taiwan fishing treaty didn’t come into force until Friday, some Taiwanese trawlers landed their first catch Thursday. Lin Hsin-chuan, secretary general of the Association of Longline Fishing, said the Tiaoyutai Islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, ...

May 11, 2013

Current account surplus hit ¥4.29 trillion last year

The current account surplus marked a record low in fiscal 2012 as exports to China and Europe fell and fossil fuel imports rose, the government said Friday. A record deficit in the global trade of goods and services of ¥9.48 trillion brought the annual ...

Carmakers seen heading for big year

| May 11, 2013

Carmakers seen heading for big year

by Hiroko Nakata

Japanese automakers are expected to reap further profits, possibly at record levels, in the current business year to next March thanks to the yen’s decline and the positive U.S. economic outlook, experts said. The carmakers have already benefited from windfall profits since the yen ...

Nishimuro tapped to take over Japan Post

May 11, 2013

Nishimuro tapped to take over Japan Post

by Reiji Yoshida

The government has asked former Toshiba Corp. Chairman Taizo Nishimuro to take over as president and CEO of Japan Post Holdings Co., which controls the giant government-owned Japan Post conglomerate, government officials said Friday. The expected appointment of Nishimuro to replace Atsuo Saka, 66, ...

U.S. nod to help Brazil boost sales of distilled cane spirit cachaca

May 11, 2013

U.S. nod to help Brazil boost sales of distilled cane spirit cachaca

Cachaca — a national treasure in Brazil and the world’s fourth-most-produced distilled spirit — is little known abroad, except as an ingredient in popular cocktails like caipirinhas. But that could soon change now that the United States recognizes the sugar-cane liquor as a distinctive ...

Universities lure students with upscale dorms

May 11, 2013

Universities lure students with upscale dorms

by Masaaki Kameda

Universities in Japan are doing everything they can to attract students amid the aging society and decline in young people. One approach to lure applicants is to provide dormitories with state-of-the-art facilities. Takushoku University opened a dormitory in April last year at its Hachioji ...

May 11, 2013

U.S. Special Envoy on N. Korea to Visit Asia Next Week

The U.S. Department of State on Thursday said Glyn Davies, special representative for North Korea policy, will visit Japan, China and South Korea next week. During his three-day stay in Japan from May 16, Davies will hold discussions with Japanese officials, including Shinsuke Sugiyama, ...

May 11, 2013

Taipei fishing pact comes into force

Japan and Taiwan have completed legal procedures to enforce a bilateral fishery agreement, concluded in April, that allows Taiwanese fishing boats to operate in Japan’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea from Friday, Tokyo government officials said. ...

Obama's Guantanamo hunger strike problem

May 11, 2013

Obama's Guantanamo hunger strike problem

by Mark Townsend

When the military doctors force-feed Guantanamo Bay detainee Fayiz al-Kandari with a tube shoved into his stomach there are three stages to the pain. First, there is the sensation of the tube passing near his sinuses as it is pushed through his nose and ...

May 11, 2013

Preventing use of nuclear weapons

Despite its experience as a victim of atomic bombs and a nuclear accident, Japan declines to endorse an international a statement condemning nuclear weapons-use.

May 11, 2013

The good and bad of a weaker yen

Corporate Japan in general is reporting good results for the business year ended March 31, but not all companies are expected to benefit from an excessively cheap yen.

| May 11, 2013

There are plenty more fish jokes in the sea

by Amy Chavez

The Go Fish! Foundation is an international organization for the protection of fish, their parents, family and friends. Go Fish! rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to fish in need. Our services include protection of species, sheltering in state-of-the-art aquariums and access to secret spawning ...

B-Corsairs take series lead over Grouses

May 11, 2013

B-Corsairs take series lead over Grouses

by Ed Odeven

One victory separated the second-place Yokohama B-Corsairs and third-place Toyama Grouses in the standings this season, and the evenly matched teams exhibited their competitive spirit on Friday night. This was evident in the third quarter as the teams traded baskets and highlights with equal ...

Nishikori upsets Federer to reach Madrid quarterfinals

May 11, 2013

Nishikori upsets Federer to reach Madrid quarterfinals

Roger Federer was ousted by Kei Nishikori with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 loss Thursday in the third round of the Madrid Open. Following the loss by the second-ranked Swiss, Rafael Nadal is now the clear favorite for the title — or the next big ...

Eagles rally to beat Marines

May 11, 2013

Eagles rally to beat Marines

Kazuya Fujita’s three-run double off Chiba Lotte closer Naoya Masuda on Friday lifted the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Marines in a battle between the Pacific League’s two hottest teams. Protecting a one-run lead in the ninth, Masuda ...