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54 articles published/printed


DoCoMo counting on R&D to stay ahead

May 25, 2013

DoCoMo counting on R&D to stay ahead

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT DoCoMo Inc., despite being Japan’s biggest mobile phone carrier, has been struggling against tough smartphone competition from KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp., which is leading in that area. But one edge that the cellphone behemoth — it has more than 60 million subscribers ...

Science, sponsors abetted Miura's Everest success

May 25, 2013

Science, sponsors abetted Miura's Everest success

Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura, who at 80 became the oldest person Thursday to reach the summit of Mount Everest, used a carefully structured scientific training regime and support from corporate sponsors and fans to achieve his goal. His ascent of the world’s highest peak ...

'Abenomics' still has long way to go

May 25, 2013

'Abenomics' still has long way to go

by Jun Hongo

The recent volatility of the Nikkei 225 stock average should not be a cause for alarm, government officials assured Friday, but pundits pointed out that “Abenomics” seems to have a long way to go until the economy begins to show a robust and steady ...

Angelina Jolie: a brave woman and a role model

May 25, 2013

Angelina Jolie: a brave woman and a role model

by Janine Di Giovanni

An article written by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie provoked headlines around the world when she chose “not to keep my story private” and revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy to lower her risk of breast cancer, which was high due to her genetic ...

May 25, 2013

Bill for ID number program clears Diet

The Diet passes a bill for a system to assign an identification number to every citizen to improve government management of income, social security and tax information, despite public concerns about data abuse.

May 25, 2013

U.S. checks rules over leak probes

President Barack Obama instructed Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to review Justice Department guidelines for leak investigations, meet with media organizations and report back to him by mid-July. In a speech to the National Defense University, Obama addressed the uproar over his administration’s ...

NRA forges new trail in judging reactor risk

May 25, 2013

NRA forges new trail in judging reactor risk

by Miya Tanaka

Regulators are in the process of deciding which reactors are sitting on active faults, but the experts involved say there is clearly room for improvement. Fault exams at three nuclear power plants are proceeding in parallel. The first one to be finalized by an ...

More women taking to plane spotting at Centrair

| May 25, 2013

More women taking to plane spotting at Centrair

More women have joined the groups of men taking photos of landing and departing aircraft at Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). Given the nickname “Sorami” (Sky Beauties), these women — who own high-quality camera equipment typically used by professional photographers — are willing to ...

May 25, 2013

Care urged for split families when Japan joins Hague pact

by Maya Kaneko

With the Diet endorsing the Hague Convention to help settle parental cross-border child abductions after years of lobbying by foreign governments and citizens, Japan is being urged to provide adequate support to parents and children separated through failed marriages. The 1980 Hague Convention on ...

May 25, 2013

Panel sets telecommuting target

A government panel set out goals Friday to up telecommuting. The number of companies with telecommuting systems designed for child-care and other employees is expected to triple by 2020 from some 4,000 in fiscal 2012, which ended in March, according to the information technology ...

May 25, 2013

Ex-boyfriend intrudes, stabs woman

A 21-year-old woman was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Friday at her apartment in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, where she lives with her current boyfriend, police said. The 25-year-old boyfriend called police around 9:20 a.m. saying, “My girlfriend has been stabbed by a guy with a ...

May 25, 2013

Germany tops Japan in popularity poll

Germany is the most popular country again in terms of "global influence," with Japan dropping from first to fourth place, an annual poll for the BBC World Service reveals.

May 25, 2013

Bill threatens the lives of the poor

By tightening procedures to receive livelihood assistance, a bill just submitted to the Diet could end up raising the suicide rate and the number of deaths by hunger.

May 25, 2013

Challenge of a lifetime, again

Having conquered Mount Everest for the third time, Yuichiro Miura, 80, demonstrates the physical possibilities of human endurance while inspiring Japan's elderly.

| May 25, 2013

English education and English sheepdogs

by Amy Chavez

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to globalize Japan’s workforce and says that Japan must become more competitive in the English language. This has touched off a debate among native English teachers, Japanese who teach English, Japanese speakers who don’t speak English, and English sheepdogs ...

| May 25, 2013

64th Kyoto Takigi noh performance to be held

The 64th Kyoto Takigi noh performance will take place from 5:30 p.m. on the first weekend of June in Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto. Featured are the plays “Tamanoi,” “Hanjo,” “Ochanomizu” and “Koi no Omoni” on June 1, and “Kamo,” “Mitsuyama,” “Kubibiki” and “Oeyama” ...

| May 25, 2013

The junkie and his fix

by Thomas Dillon

“Weird,” he says. “Give me something weird.” The menu boasts both fish sperm and odorigui — small fish you chew while they’re alive. But such food is not on his wish list. At least not anymore. My dinner friend has lived here for years. ...

Hakuho awaits ozeki rival

May 25, 2013

Hakuho awaits ozeki rival

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato both powered to their 13th wins on Friday to set up a mouth-watering showdown at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Unbeaten at 13-0, Hakuho and Kisenosato are the only two wrestlers in title contention and they go toe-to-toe ...