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May 27, 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 27, 2013

Abe to unveil security measures at African confab next month

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce measures next month to improve security in North Africa and the Sahel region, informed sources said Saturday. Abe will announce the measures at the upcoming African development conference in Tokyo to promote private-sector investment in the ...

May 27, 2013

Hashimoto to urge 'strict discipline' for U.S. military

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Sunday he will urge the U.S. military to strictly discipline its servicemen in Japan and repeated that he would retract a remark suggesting they use Okinawa’s sex industry to avoid committing sexual offenses. Hashimoto said on a TV program ...

May 27, 2013

Lack of Diet extension sets up July 21 election

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

May 27, 2013

Dreamliner completes first commercial flight since grounding

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner returned to Japanese skies Sunday for its first commercial flight since battery troubles grounded the advanced aircraft globally in January. The nonscheduled All Nippon Airways flight touched down at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda after taking off from New Chitose ...

No one's being overly bullish yet, Kuroda says

May 27, 2013

No one's being overly bullish yet, Kuroda says

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Sunday he saw no signs of “excessively bullish expectations” in asset markets and the nation can cope with rising interest rates, provided the economy improves. The comments by the 68-year-old central banker came after stocks slumped on ...

May 27, 2013

Spotlight shines on China's labor camps

When she refused to sign a document renouncing her faith, Wang Chunying said she was handcuffed between two bunk beds for 16 hours, deprived of food, water and sleep as she felt her wrists bleeding. “The police would kick the beds apart to the ...

Take trains sights on Arc after record Derby win

May 27, 2013

Take trains sights on Arc after record Derby win

After becoming No. 1 in Japan, Yutaka Take and Kizuna are ready to take on the world. Take won a record fifth Japanese Derby aboard favorite Kizuna on Sunday, and will head to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this fall to try to ...

May 27, 2013

Three in custody over London soldier murder

Three men were being held in custody Sunday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the British soldier hacked to death in a London street in an Islamist attack. Two men aged 28 and 24 were arrested at a home in London on Saturday, with ...