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56 articles published/printed


May 14, 2013

NRA wants Monju to remain shut down

The Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui will stay closed because the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is too inept to manage it, the Nuclear Regulation Authority says.

Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound

May 14, 2013

Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound

by Hiroko Nakata

Close to Narita International Airport, on a 6.7-hectare patch of ground where spinach, radishes, “komatsuna” and carrots are grown, stands a white sign with the words “Lawson Farm” in blue lettering. The farm, in the city of Katori, is indeed run by convenience store ...

Quake resistance check begins on A-Bomb Dome

May 14, 2013

Quake resistance check begins on A-Bomb Dome

Work started Monday to assess the earthquake resistance of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima to confirm whether there is a need to reinforce the structure, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Wall samples will be collected from 15 locations in four sections ...

Son talks up Silicon Valley hub plans in Sprint bid

May 14, 2013

Son talks up Silicon Valley hub plans in Sprint bid

Softbank Corp., bidding to take over Sprint Nextel Corp. in a $20.1 billion deal, is planning a new Silicon Valley office for the U.S. carrier that would employ as many as 1,000 people. Executives have already started holding monthly meetings in the California technology ...

New thugs on block sidestep the usual suspects

| May 14, 2013

New thugs on block sidestep the usual suspects

by Tomohiro Osaki

Japan’s underworld, namely the “boryokudan” (gangster organizations) better known as yakuza, have been targeted with crackdowns in recent years focused on cutting their funding and expanding their criminal liability. But a new type of thug appears to be acting with impunity by operating in ...

May 14, 2013

Export of nuclear technology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to promote Japanese export of nuclear power plants even as the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant continues.

May 14, 2013

Acting out in the Upper House

Upper House opposition parties played partisan politics in firing the chairperson of the Environment Committee. And the LDP's response was nothing to brag about.

Harumafuji stumbles on second day of basho

May 14, 2013

Harumafuji stumbles on second day of basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji was sent to a shock defeat at the hands of Myogiryu on the second day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Hakuho beat the daylights out of Aminishiki to stay on course for his 25th career title after winning the ...

May 14, 2013

Nagatomo returns; Honda plays half

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni received both good and bad news Sunday, with the Italian learning Yuto Nagatomo had made a miraculous return from a knee injury but Keisuke Honda left after one half due to pain in his thigh. Inter Milan’s Nagatomo had been ...