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Economic assessment raised as weak yen fuels exports

May 21, 2013

Economic assessment raised as weak yen fuels exports

The government on Monday upgraded the economy for the first time in two months by deleting the word “weak” from its description to reflect the effect the “Abenomics”-weakened yen is having on exports and production. The economy “is picking up slowly,” the Cabinet Office ...

Skytree's first anniversary marred by foul signals

May 21, 2013

Skytree's first anniversary marred by foul signals

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Tokyo Skytree will celebrate its first anniversary Wednesday but has not yet completed its prime mission of reliably broadcasting to households in the capital and its suburbs. Since December, the world’s tallest free-standing tower, at 634 meters high, has been making test broadcasts to ...

Postal symbol

| May 21, 2013

Postal symbol

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Dear Alice, This may seem like a stupid question, or too trivial a subject for you, but what the heck is the symbol that precedes the post code on every piece of domestic mail I receive here in Japan? I’m sure you know what ...

Nissan, Mitsubishi kick off joint minicar production

May 21, 2013

Nissan, Mitsubishi kick off joint minicar production

Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. on Monday started manufacturing a jointly developed minivehicle to be launched on June 6 across Japan. The two automakers together command about 10 percent of the minivehicle market. By cooperating, they think they can increase that to ...

Avoid excuses, man up, Obama tells black graduates

May 21, 2013

Avoid excuses, man up, Obama tells black graduates

President Barack Obama on Sunday summoned the graduates of historically black Morehouse College to “transform the way we think about manhood,” urging the young men to avoid the temptation to make excuses and to take responsibility for their families and their communities. Delivering a ...

New Delhi cracks down on foreign-funded NGOs

May 21, 2013

New Delhi cracks down on foreign-funded NGOs

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Amid an intensifying crackdown on nongovernmental groups that receive foreign funding, Indian activists are accusing the government of stifling their right to dissent in the world’s largest democracy. India has tightened the rules on nongovernmental organizations over the past two years, following protests that ...

Syrian Army, Hezbollah advance into key town

May 21, 2013

Syrian Army, Hezbollah advance into key town

Syrian regime forces, backed by militants from the Lebanese group Hezbollah, are reported to have made significant advances into the rebel stronghold of Qusair, near the Lebanese border. The SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad’s troops took control of most of the town ...

May 21, 2013

IAEA inspector backs pumping Fukushima groundwater into sea

A possible solution to the increasing amount of radioactive water inside the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant could be to pump groundwater into the sea before it flows into the reactor buildings, as planned by the plant operator, the head of international ...

North Korea test-fires another short-range missile

May 21, 2013

North Korea test-fires another short-range missile

North Korea Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the U.N. chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions. The guided missile was fired into the Sea of ...

May 21, 2013

Window on China's defense policy

China's critics are usually disappointed by its annual white paper on national defense. Beijing's eighth white paper since 1998 is notable for its view of U.S. policy.

Precedent backs (nearly) equal pay for equal work

| May 21, 2013

Precedent backs (nearly) equal pay for equal work

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In 2012, Japan had 51.73 million workers, of which 33.3 million were regular employees, or seishain, according to the latest survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Contingent, or nonpermanent, workers (including part-timers, haken dispatch and shokutaku semiregular employees) numbered 18.43 million, ...

Hakuho, Kisenosato move clear of Kakuryu

May 21, 2013

Hakuho, Kisenosato move clear of Kakuryu

Yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato retained their perfect records through the ninth day at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Ozeki Kakuryu trails at 8-1 after suffering his first defeat of the tournament, while yokozuna Harumafuji, ozeki Kotoshogiku and eighth-ranked maegashira Tokitenku follow ...

Kikuchi shackles Tigers

May 21, 2013

Kikuchi shackles Tigers

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Yusei Kikuchi was nearly untouchable with his heater over eight strong innings as the Seibu Lions defeated the Hanshin Tigers 5-1 in an interleague matchup on Monday. The Lions roared in a five-run fourth to send Hanshin starter Jason Standridge to an early shower, ...

Sekizuka targets survival with Jubilo

May 21, 2013

Sekizuka targets survival with Jubilo

New Jubilo Iwata manager Takashi Sekizuka was introduced to the media by the struggling J. League first division club on Monday. Sekizuka, who steered the Japanese men’s team to a fourth-place finish at last summer’s London Olympics, will take charge following Saturday’s away game ...