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May 23, 2013

NRA backs Tsuruga active fault finding

The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepts an assessment that reactor 2 at the Tsuruga nuclear plant sits on an active fault, increasing the likelihood that the unit can never be restarted.

Annual entrance passes eyed for Skytree

May 23, 2013

Annual entrance passes eyed for Skytree

The operator of Tokyo Skytree is considering issuing annual observatory entrance passes, Michiaki Suzuki, president of Tobu Tower Skytree Co., said in an interview. “A new ticket sales strategy is undoubtedly a key part of our business agenda. We are now examining the timing ...

Sony to mull selling stake in show biz

May 23, 2013

Sony to mull selling stake in show biz

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Sony Corp. said Wednesday that its board of directors will consider a proposal by a U.S. hedge fund to put on the stock market a minority stake in Sony’s entertainment division, retracting an earlier statement that they won’t be put up for sale. Daniel ...

Kyoto papers seek heritage status

May 23, 2013

Kyoto papers seek heritage status

The government will recommend a set of old documents at a Kyoto Buddhist temple for UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, according to the culture ministry. The government plans to file a letter of recommendation with the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by ...

BOJ maintains monetary easing policy, upgrades economic appraisal

May 23, 2013

BOJ maintains monetary easing policy, upgrades economic appraisal

The Bank of Japan pledged to adjust its unprecedented stimulus program as needed after a jump in bond yields that highlighted risks linked to policymakers’ campaign to revive the world’s third-largest economy. BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters in Tokyo that the central bank ...

Apple CEO Cook grilled in Congress on offshore taxes

May 23, 2013

Apple CEO Cook grilled in Congress on offshore taxes

Apple chief Tim Cook faced a grilling Tuesday by U.S. lawmakers on “sham” subsidiaries and “convoluted” strategies to shift profits offshore, but denied the company uses “gimmicks” to avoid paying taxes. Cook told a Senate hearing Apple lives up to its tax obligations and ...

Olympus fears compact camera sales will keep falling

May 23, 2013

Olympus fears compact camera sales will keep falling

Olympus Corp. fears sales of its compact cameras may fall by half next fiscal year, extending a decline as consumers increasingly use smartphones to take pictures. Volume sales will drop to about 1.35 million units as early as the year starting in April, Chief ...

30% of indecent assault victims were staring at mobiles

May 23, 2013

30% of indecent assault victims were staring at mobiles

About 30 percent of victims of indecent assaults in Osaka last year were using cellphones, smartphones or portable music players at the time of the attack, Osaka Prefectural Police investigative sources said. Of some 860 indecent assaults reported in 2012 to the prefectural force, ...

May 23, 2013

Diet approves Japan joining child custody pact

The bill necessary for Japan to join the treaty for handling cross-border child custody disputes has passed the Diet. Japan is now assured of ratifying the pact by the end of the fiscal year next March after all the domestic procedures are completed. The ...

May 23, 2013

Stalled abduction talks with N. Korea may resume soon

Japan was considering the resumption of bilateral talks with North Korea in hopes of making progress on the abduction issue following a recent trip to Pyongyang by one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top advisers, sources said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga indicated ...

May 23, 2013

Ms. Park's triumphant U.S. visit

The prospect of a clash over defense policy between South Korea's new president and the U.S. has been diminished by North Korea's own ham-fisted behavior.

Finding an artistic home for fashion

May 23, 2013

Finding an artistic home for fashion

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Almost everything in the room is transparent. From the ceiling dangle two clear plastic jackets. Against the glass walls are empty glass display cases. Past the jackets on the opposite side of the room are four flat-screen TVs set to static. The room is ...

The humor of candid camera

May 23, 2013

The humor of candid camera

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With the advent of the digital camera, mobile phones and social networking, the world is now drowning in photographic imagery. This raises the question: Can photography survive as an art form in a world where it is ubiquitous? The exhibition of work by Kayo ...

Hakuho, Kisenosato win to keep title within reach

May 23, 2013

Hakuho, Kisenosato win to keep title within reach

Yokozuna Hakuho dispensed with Kotooshu, and Kisenosato did a hatchet job on Aran to improve to 11-0 with four days remaining at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho and Kisenosato are tied for the lead, while ozeki Kakuryu trails one behind the ...