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TPP-fearing farmers get lip service?

May 16, 2013

TPP-fearing farmers get lip service?

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sees participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way to bolster Japan-U.S. relations but the requirement to scrap tariffs across the board alarms farmers, who want assurances of a safety net to make up for, according to the latest government ...

Kin of expressway tunnel collapse victims sue operator

May 16, 2013

Kin of expressway tunnel collapse victims sue operator

A group of parents filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking ¥890 million in damages from Central Nippon Expressway Co., operator of a tunnel that collapsed in December and killed nine people. In the suit filed at the Yokohama District Court, the families of five of ...

Pair log off, hit street to meet, hear real people

May 16, 2013

Pair log off, hit street to meet, hear real people

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Once addicted to a social-networking service, 27-year-old Lim Moon Hyang suddenly got tired of responding to instantaneous feedback from her online friends and realized with terror just how deep her SNS obsession ran. “There was a time I was logging on to Mixi every ...

Line app lined up for DoCoMo smartphones

May 16, 2013

Line app lined up for DoCoMo smartphones

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NTT DoCoMo said Wednesday it will team up with the popular social network provider Line to offer a special app for DoCoMo users, aiming to deepen its relationship with the operator of the growing communication tool. “Line’s growth has been incredible. . . . ...

Global brands commit to Bangladesh safety pact

May 16, 2013

Global brands commit to Bangladesh safety pact

Global fashion brands such as Benetton, Carrefour and Marks & Spencer on Tuesday committed to abide by an agreement to improve working conditions in Bangladeshi factories after a plant in Savar collapsed killing more than 1,100 people. The announcements came after clothing giants Inditex ...

May 16, 2013

McLaren to get Honda F1 engines

Honda Motor Co. will return to Formula One racing in 2015 as an engine supplier to its former partner, McLaren of Britain, sources said Wednesday. Honda President Takanobu Ito will officially announce the move as early as this week, they said. The company plans ...

May 16, 2013

Japan to lower tariff on Aussie frozen beef under FTA

The government and Australia are set to reach an agreement in principle as early as early as next month to lower the tariff on frozen beef from Down Under, according to officials in Tokyo. As part of negotiations for a free-trade agreement, the tariff ...

May 16, 2013

Mr. Hashimoto's unacceptable words

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's call for greater use of sex shops by U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa increase suspicions about his common sense and sense of dignity.

The comedy and drama of Takashi Fujii

May 16, 2013

The comedy and drama of Takashi Fujii

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At age 41, Takashi Fujii has quite the resume. In 2000 and 2001, he appeared on national broadcaster NHK’s annual top-rated New Year’s variety show, “Kohaku Utagassen” (“Red and White Song Battle”); he toured abroad as a pop singer in 2004, including shows in ...

Seeing where Shinto and Buddhism cross

May 16, 2013

Seeing where Shinto and Buddhism cross

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“The number of Shinto shrines in Japan has changed over centuries due to various political and social changes. There were about 190,000 shrines during the early Meiji Era (1867-1912), before a drastic change came about in the merging of shrines and temples. The number ...

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

May 16, 2013

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

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It’s fitting that I should be meeting Terre Thaemlitz on May 1, International Workers’ Day — she wryly refers to herself as a “feminist Marxist” before we begin our interview in proper. Thaemlitz, who produces music under her real name, the moniker DJ Sprinkles ...

Giants edge Marines on Chono's sayonara double

May 16, 2013

Giants edge Marines on Chono's sayonara double

Hisayoshi Chono delivered a two-run, ninth-inning double to lift the Yomiuri Giants to 5-4 walk-off interleague win over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Wednesday. The Giants, who last year became the first Central League team to win the annual interleague championship, blew a 3-0 ...

Kashiwa get best of Jeonbuk in first leg

May 16, 2013

Kashiwa get best of Jeonbuk in first leg

Kashiwa Reysol flew the flag high for Japan on the J. League’s 20th birthday on Wednesday with a 2-0 first-leg win away to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in the Asian Champions League round of 16. Kashiwa, the only Japanese team left in this year’s ...

May 16, 2013

Hakuho brushes aside Kitataiki to stay perfect

Hakuho continued his march towards a 25th Emperor’s Cup with a routine win over Kitataiki on Wednesday, the fourth day of action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian yokozuna was in imperious form in the day’s second-to-last bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, getting ...