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Miura calls it a day with Mount Everest

May 28, 2013

Miura calls it a day with Mount Everest

Famed alpinist and professional skier Yuichiro Miura, who defied age last week by climbing Mount Everest at 80, said Sunday in Katmandu that he will not attempt the mountain again. “Three times is enough,” Miura told a press conference called just hours after he ...

May 28, 2013

Government to subsidize research on inspection robots

The government will promote the development of robots for inspecting tunnels, bridges and other infrastructure to efficiently maintain such aging structures, people familiar with the matter said. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will provide subsidies to companies and institutions engaged in developing ...

Tokyo's Koreatown emerged from the flow of bilateral ties

| May 28, 2013

Tokyo's Koreatown emerged from the flow of bilateral ties

by Jun Hongo

Diplomatic friction between Tokyo and Seoul over territorial and historical disputes is making headlines once again, and Tokyo’s right-wing protesters know just where to go to get in the face of its Korean residents: Koreatown in Shinjuku Ward’s Shin-Okubo district. Following are some questions ...

Plastic surgery craze takes dangerous turn

May 28, 2013

Plastic surgery craze takes dangerous turn

South Korea’s obsession with plastic surgery is shifting from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a “new life,” while advertisements ...

Online signing making life easier

May 28, 2013

Online signing making life easier

by Asako Takaguchi

An Internet-based sign language service launched by a university student a few years ago is finding its way into hotels, restaurants and other public places. The service works by allowing a hearing-impaired person at, say, a shoe store, to “speak” to an interpreter via ...

South Korea unimpressed with Pyongyang's dialogue offer

May 28, 2013

South Korea unimpressed with Pyongyang's dialogue offer

South Korea on Monday brushed off an apparent offer by North Korea to resume nuclear disarmament talks, and chided Pyongyang for a recent personal attack on President Park Geun-hye. “Actions are more important than words,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-seok said of the offer ...

May 28, 2013

Record nickel exports add to glut: Sumitomo

Nickel exports may climb to a record this year because Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus hasn’t spurred demand in the world’s third-biggest user of the metal, adding to a global glut, the country’s top producer said. Exports will rise 10 percent from a year ...

New bid to spruce up 'miracle pine'

May 28, 2013

New bid to spruce up 'miracle pine'

Work started Monday to modify the appearance of the preserved “miracle pine” that withstood the March 2011 tsunami that devastated Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, after the public complained that it looked wrong. The tree, the only one still standing out of a coastal grove of ...

Serbia reburies last Yugoslav king with honors

May 28, 2013

Serbia reburies last Yugoslav king with honors

Yugoslavia’s last king, Peter II Karadjordjevic, who fled the Nazi occupation of his country just days after being proclaimed monarch at the age of 17, was reburied with state honors in Serbia on Sunday. Serbian dignitaries joined hundreds of royalists who turned out for ...

May 28, 2013

Senator advises FCC be wary of Son's Sprint bid

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to “take a very careful look” at Softbank Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corp., citing cybersecurity concerns. Softbank is “a Japanese company with alleged ties to China, the country that is currently the leading source ...

May 28, 2013

Scientific food rules would help Japan: lobbyist

The new sanitary and phytosanitary standards being proposed by the United States are a stumbling block in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks but will be positive for Japan, a U.S. meat lobby says. Asked whether U.S. agricultural groups want stronger sanitary rules than those set ...

Eco-friendly Arctic flight finishes

May 28, 2013

Eco-friendly Arctic flight finishes

Slovenian adventurer and environmentalist Matevz Lenarcic on Sunday became the first person to fly an ultralight plane from Europe to America and back over the North Pole, as he landed in Ljubljana after an epic voyage. “I’ve had more trouble than I had expected, ...

Christian school trains farming leaders

May 28, 2013

Christian school trains farming leaders

by Takeshi Nishide

A Christian academy in the countryside is seeking to improve the quality of life in poor farming villages in Asia and Africa by giving new generations of community leaders the latest agricultural skills and knowledge. Established in 1973, the Asian Rural Institute operates agricultural ...

May 28, 2013

Full text of Osaka Mayor Hashimoto's speech

The following is the full text of a prepared statement by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto for a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Monday on his views about “comfort women.” Ideals and values on which I stand: Today, ...

May 28, 2013

Average value of Diet lawmakers' assets grows to ¥32 million

The average value of assets held by Lower House members came to ¥32.28 million, slightly up from a record low ¥31.52 million in the previous survey, released in February 2010, according to a Kyodo News tally based on data released Monday. The amount, which ...

May 28, 2013

National park of restoration

Natural parks in the Tohoku-Pacific coastal region devastated by the 3/11 disasters are being reorganized into the new Sanriku Restoration National Park.

Sandy's legacy: better hurricane forecasting

May 28, 2013

Sandy's legacy: better hurricane forecasting

With hurricane season just a week away and a very active season predicted by meteorologists, thoughts are on what happened last year, when a tropical cyclone named Sandy raced north from the Caribbean, hung a sharp left off the mid-Atlantic coast and smashed into ...

| May 28, 2013

When can you fight a job transfer?

by Masako Suzuki

A foreign reader writes: “My husband is working for a company that has branches in Shinagawa, Narita and Ibaraki. He used to work at the Shinagawa branch, and then he was forced to move to the Narita branch. “The owner of the company only ...

Koreeda's film wins jury prize at Cannes festival

May 28, 2013

Koreeda's film wins jury prize at Cannes festival

“Like Father, Like Son,” directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, received the Prix du Jury at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday. It was the first Japanese film to receive an award in the competition division since Naomi Kawase’s “The Mourning Forest,” which won ...

May 28, 2013

'Fast & Furious 6' races to record debut for studio

“Fast & Furious 6,” from Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, was the top film at theaters in the U.S. and Canada in the first three days of the Memorial Day weekend, taking in $98.5 million, the biggest-ever debut for the studio. The film, which also ...

Matsuyama books U.S. Open berth with qualifying win

May 28, 2013

Matsuyama books U.S. Open berth with qualifying win

Hideki Matsuyama, who has already won a domestic tournament after turning pro last month, finished atop the leaderboard on Monday by four strokes in the Japanese final regional qualifier for a spot in next month’s U.S. Open. The 21-year-old, who won the Tsuruya Open ...

May 28, 2013

Nishikori urges Japanese to go to U.S.

Kei Nishikori has told his Japanese compatriots that they should follow in his footsteps and blaze a trail to the United States if they want to reach tennis’ top 20. The 23-year-old Nishikori is at a career-high 15 in the world, a dizzy climb ...

May 28, 2013

Fujikawa headed to DL again

Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is likely headed to the disabled list for the second time this season after he left Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds with soreness in his right forearm. The former Hanshin Tigers closer had just been activated on ...