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May 28, 2013

Spider silk meets mass production

Spiber Inc., a biotechnology startup, has developed what it says is the world’s first technology for mass-producing a synthetic spider silk, a material tougher than steel of the same dimension and more elastic than nylon. “A spider’s thread is the world’s most resilient fiber. ...

May 28, 2013

Old fiscal rehab jargon stands: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to maintain the country’s current fiscal reconstruction target in relation to the primary budget balance, it was learned Monday. In a speech to be made June 5, Abe will say he aims to halve the combined primary budget ...

May 28, 2013

Rainy season starts early in west

The rainy season started in western Japan on Monday, earlier than usual, the Meteorological Agency said. It began four days earlier than average in southern Kyushu, nine days earlier in northern Kyushu and Shikoku, and 11 days earlier in the Chugoku region, the agency ...

May 28, 2013

Toyota to donate SUVs to Africa NPO

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will donate two sport-utility vehicles to a U.S. nonprofit organization working to reduce extreme poverty in Africa. The automaker will provide the Land Cruiser SUVs to the NPO, Millennium Promise, for use in emergency transportation of pregnant women ...

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, ...

May 28, 2013

Diet closure to set up July 21 election

The ruling coalition has decided not to extend the current legislative session, which means the Upper House election will almost certainly be held July 21, senior lawmakers said. The Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, New Komeito, have concluded it is unnecessary to ...

Kamakura to cancel bid for World Heritage status

May 28, 2013

Kamakura to cancel bid for World Heritage status

Kamakura Mayor Takashi Matsuo said Monday he will ask the Cultural Affairs Agency to drop its recommendation to list the ancient city in Kanagawa Prefecture on the World Heritage list. Kamakura was the seat of a samurai government from the late 12th to 14th ...

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 ...

Nurse pleads guilty to Sydney nursing home murders

May 28, 2013

Nurse pleads guilty to Sydney nursing home murders

A man accused of deliberately setting a deadly blaze that ripped through a Sydney nursing home in 2011, in which 11 elderly residents were killed, pleaded guilty to murder Monday. Roger Dean, 37, was a nurse at the facility and entered 11 guilty pleas ...

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

Marathon winner to donate medal

The Ethiopian winner of this year’s Boston Marathon said Sunday that he will donate his first-place medal to the people of Boston, telling visiting Secretary of State John Kerry that he wants to honor the dead and wounded from the bombing at the finish ...

May 28, 2013

Bangkok bomb blast injures seven

A bomb hidden near garbage bins exploded in a busy suburban Bangkok shopping district, wounding seven people wounded, Thai police said Monday. The homemade device exploded at about 9 p.m. Sunday in Ramkhamhaeng, a university area of the Thai capital, said Police Col. Narongrit ...

May 28, 2013

Stockholm calmer following unrest

Stockholm police reported only scattered instances of torched cars in immigrant-dominated suburbs early Monday as rainy weather and strengthened vigilance resulted in what was likely to become the quietest night for a week. One car was reported ablaze in the district of Flemingsberg, and ...

May 28, 2013

South Korean cram schools in U.S. SAT scandal

South Korean officials launched a probe Monday into cram schools after a cheating scandal that led to the nationwide cancellation of U.S. college entrance exams earlier this month. The education office in Seoul started the special probe into a number of private academies suspected ...

May 28, 2013

Candidates in Iran begin campaigns

Eight competitors in the race to replace Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began their three-week campaign sprint over the weekend, holding almost daily events and dominating the country’s radio and television airwaves. Although many there think there is little that differentiates the candidates — aside ...

May 28, 2013

It's time to adopt a new attitude toward adoption

by Nina Easton

In today’s America, a single woman facing a surprise pregnancy is likely to consider just two options: abortion or single motherhood. The third choice, adoption, carries such a social stigma that placement of infants in the United States has plummeted — even as the ...

May 27, 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, ...