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Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

Jun 01, 2013

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

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The world may be on the verge of a historic breakthrough in the quest to eradicate infectious diseases once thought incurable, and Japan needs to be a key player, said Mark Dybul, an executive of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. ...

Panasonic to boost alliances, M&A quest

Jun 01, 2013

Panasonic to boost alliances, M&A quest

Panasonic Corp. will step up mergers and acquisitions moves as well as collaboration with other firms, company officials said, reflecting the ailing electronics maker’s strategic shift from managing the entire process from development to sales. In its digital camera business, the company will examine ...

April job availability best since July 2008

Jun 01, 2013

April job availability best since July 2008

Job availability improved in April to its best level in four years and nine months, as some companies became willing to hire more workers in expectation of an economic recovery, helping to keep the unemployment rate relatively low at 4.1 percent, the government said ...

Tokyo CPI logs first rise in four years

Jun 01, 2013

Tokyo CPI logs first rise in four years

Consumer prices in Tokyo increased 0.1 percent in May from a year earlier for the first upturn in more than four years, due to rising energy and television prices, the government said Friday, suggesting the nation could climb out of deflation in the coming ...

Ethnic Wa seek tiny breakaway state

| Jun 01, 2013

Ethnic Wa seek tiny breakaway state

Myanmar’s most heavily armed and powerful rebel group has said it is looking to carve out a legitimate state, as experts say it is flexing its muscles amid tense relations with the government. The United Wa State Army (UWSA), which commands an estimated 30,000 ...

Storm in a tea kettle? Hitler dispute boils over online

Jun 01, 2013

Storm in a tea kettle? Hitler dispute boils over online

A tea kettle that some think resembles Adolf Hitler fetched more than $200 on eBay after it sold out online after protests over a billboard promoting the otherwise innocent product. Pictures went viral of the Michael Graves Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, ...

Dai-ichi Life plans U.S. expansion

Jun 01, 2013

Dai-ichi Life plans U.S. expansion

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. is planning to expand into the U.S. life insurance market, President Koichiro Watanabe said. The life insurer has already turned a U.S. asset investment company into its affiliate, and “in the future, the insurance underwriting market will come into sight ...

Hibiya Park celebrates first 110 years this weekend

Jun 01, 2013

Hibiya Park celebrates first 110 years this weekend

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Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, the scene of numerous historic events in both the pre- and postwar periods, is marking its 110th anniversary Saturday, with various commemorative celebrations planned for this weekend. Planned events for Saturday and Sunday include “Hibiya Akari Terrace,” in which ...

Hybrid Accord targets mileage-conscious Camry buyers

Jun 01, 2013

Hybrid Accord targets mileage-conscious Camry buyers

Honda Motor Co. will sell a hybrid version of the Accord in Japan that has the highest fuel-economy rating among midsize sedans to close the gap with Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry. The car will initially go on sale June 21 and has a fuel-efficiency ...

Jun 01, 2013

Japanese art gets new space in U.S.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will open a new exhibition room for its Japanese art on June 16 as part of a $350 million renovation and expansion project. “We regard it as one of the most important Japanese collections in North America,” museum President ...

Skytree takes on new role

Jun 01, 2013

Skytree takes on new role

Tokyo Skytree took on its role Friday as a full-fledged broadcasting tower for the greater Tokyo region, with six TV stations sending out transmissions starting at 9 a.m. Towering 634 meters above Sumida Ward, Skytree started out last year as a tourist spot. It ...

Jun 01, 2013

Australia refugee influx goes unchecked

An Egyptian asylum seeker wanted by Interpol was able to evade the attention of Australian authorities due to a reduction of security screening amid a record boat influx, officials said Thursday. The man, a member of the extremist group Egyptian Islamic Jihad, lived in ...

Tech elite's wealth sows divisions in San Francisco

Jun 01, 2013

Tech elite's wealth sows divisions in San Francisco

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Every morning and every evening the fleet glides through the city, hundreds of white buses with tinted windows navigating San Francisco’s rush hour. From the pavement you can see your reflection in the windows, but you can’t see in. The buses have no markings ...

'Cosplay' summit's characters given life

| Jun 01, 2013

'Cosplay' summit's characters given life

The first group of official characters to represent this year’s World Cosplay Summit was recently revealed. Every year, people from all over the world don costumes worn by their favorite “anime” or TV game characters while attending the event in Nagoya. Last year, the ...

Jun 01, 2013

Myanmar, Kachin rebels agree to truce

Myanmar on Thursday reached a tentative peace deal with ethnic minority Kachin rebels aimed at ending the country’s last major active civil war, which has displaced tens of thousands of people. Kachin and government representatives, meeting on home soil for the first time since ...

Jun 01, 2013

Seven & I raises online sales bar

Retail giant Seven & I Holdings Co. aims to post ¥500 billion in sales in fiscal 2015 from its group Internet shopping operations, a fivefold increase from the last fiscal year, sources said. Although the domestic retail industry is experiencing a sharp downturn, online ...

Jun 01, 2013

SMBC to lend for elderly homes

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. has launched new loans for construction and renovation of apartments designed exclusively for older people. The bank said Thursday it will provide loans for the construction and renovation of nursing homes and apartment buildings where care and life-support services are ...

Jun 01, 2013

Ishikawa to quit Kyodo News helm

Kyodo News President Satoshi Ishikawa has announced his intention to step down to take responsibility for the recent scandal over the alleged inappropriate conduct involving Satoshi Kondo, the former personnel affairs division chief of the major news agency. Along with Ishikawa, 68, who will ...

Jun 01, 2013

Ise to fund tourist info in English

To attract foreign visitors on the occasion of Ise Shrine’s “shikinen sengu” renovation event in October, held once every two decades, the host city in Mie Prefecture will start providing subsidies for tourist facilities to prepare information in English. Starting Saturday, the city of ...

Jun 01, 2013

Mexican ex-leader backs pot drive

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox threw his weight Thursday behind a U.S. entrepreneur’s drive to build a nationwide legal market for marijuana in the United States. Fox, Mexico’s leader from 2000 to 2006, appeared at a Seattle press conference where businessman Jamen Shively said ...

Jun 01, 2013

Chile gold mine to resume operations

Chile’s visiting president said Thursday that Canadian firm Barrick Gold can resume operations at its massive gold mine in Chile, as long as environmental rules are followed. Construction of the Pascua Lama project, which Barrick Gold launched in 2009, was suspended in April when ...

Apple raises product prices amid weakening yen

Jun 01, 2013

Apple raises product prices amid weakening yen

Apple Inc. has raised the prices of its iPad tablet computers and iPod music players here after a weaker yen boosted import costs. Finding itself in the same situation, Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. are considering following suit. Apple now sells the iPad Wi-Fi ...

Jun 01, 2013

Milosevic's ex-spy chief acquitted

Serbia on Friday hailed a U.N. tribunal’s acquittal of two top figures from the regime of the late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic of war crimes during the former Yugoslavia’s conflict in the 1990s. Milosevic’s former intelligence chief and his deputy were cleared Thursday of ...

Jun 01, 2013

Tokyo to reject regulation deal on shark trade

Japan will reject a recent decision by member countries of the Washington Convention to regulate international trade in sharks whose populations have declined sharply due to over-hunting for their fins, government sources said Friday. The government will file a reservation about the regulation, arguing ...

Jun 01, 2013

Taliban rejects talks, citing No. 2's killing

Pakistan’s Taliban said Thursday that it will not participate in peace talks with the country’s new government and will exact “revenge in the strongest way” after one of its top leaders was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike. Confirming the death of Wali ...

Jun 01, 2013

Only 45% of lost U.S. wealth rebuilt

American households have rebuilt less than half of the wealth lost during the recession, leaving them without the spending power to fuel a robust economic recovery, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve. From the peak of the boom to the bottom ...

Jun 01, 2013

BOJ's 2% inflation goal doable, IMF says

The International Monetary Fund said Friday that the Bank of Japan’s commitment to a 2 percent inflation target “could be achieved” if the government takes effective measures to bolster economic growth and restore its fiscal health, the worst among developed nations. “Complementary growth strategies ...

Jun 01, 2013

Iran amends adultery stoning law

Iran has amended its internationally condemned law on stoning convicted adulterers to death to allow judges to impose a different form of execution, according to the revision seen Thursday. The controversial practice, in which stones are thrown at the partially buried offender, has provoked ...

Jun 01, 2013

Toilet baby's mom 'on edge of collapse'

A mother whose newborn baby was rescued from a toilet pipe in China is in hospital after nearing “mental collapse” while the alleged father has requested a DNA test, state-run media reported Friday. The mother of the child, who became lodged in the pipe ...

Inose pitches Tokyo for 2020 Olympics at Russian meet

Jun 01, 2013

Inose pitches Tokyo for 2020 Olympics at Russian meet

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose made a pitch for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at an international conference Thursday in St. Petersburg, along with his rivals from Istanbul and Madrid. Inose, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee, told the International Olympic Committee and other ...

Jun 01, 2013

Government considers 'Miura Award' in mountaineer's honor

The government is thinking about creating the “Miura Award” to mark 80-year-old adventurer Yuichiro Miura’s successful climbing of Mount Everest last week, informed sources said. The award would be presented to older people who make remarkable achievements, the sources said Thursday. Culture and sports ...

Syria claims it has received advanced Russian missiles

Jun 01, 2013

Syria claims it has received advanced Russian missiles

Syria has received its first shipment of long-range S-300 air defense missiles from Russia, President Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying Thursday, raising the specter of further Israeli intervention in the two-year conflict. “Syria has received the first shipment of Russian antiaircraft S-300 rockets,” ...

Jun 01, 2013

Japan's cyber security strategy

The government's efforts to adopt a cyber security strategy deserve praise as long as the constitutional protection of communications privacy is not undermined.

Jun 01, 2013

Problematic pact with India

A pact allowing Japanese firms to export nuclear power generation equipment to India would be problematic since India has not joined the nonproliferation treaty.

Indonesia seeing a new corporate colonialism

Jun 01, 2013

Indonesia seeing a new corporate colonialism

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Land conflicts between farmers and plantation owners, mining companies and developers have raged across Indonesia as local and multinational firms have been encouraged to seize and then deforest customary land — land owned by indigenous people and administered in accordance with their customs. More ...

| Jun 01, 2013

Everyone's own path to enlightenment

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What is Buddhism? In Australia, Buddhism can be found in a cup of coffee. So waste no time and start your journey to awakening at Buddha Espresso, a cafe in Perth. If you haven’t reached enlightenment by the end of the cup, accept this ...

| Jun 01, 2013

Free concert on tap in Otsu's Biwako Hall

Music lovers can enjoy a free short concert by four trumpet players from the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and a pianist from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 10 in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. They will play pieces by Britten, Mascagni and others. No reservations are ...

Jun 01, 2013

ASIJ student helping women rebuild community

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Sophia Slater, 17, felt she couldn’t just sit back and do nothing when the monster earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. So she tried to find a way a teenager like her could help, apart from giving money or donating ...

Yoko Ono: 'I feel that I am starting a new life at 80'

Jun 01, 2013

Yoko Ono: 'I feel that I am starting a new life at 80'

Sitting at her kitchen table, sipping green tea, Yoko Ono looks much the same as she did when I met her 20 years ago. Dressed in black and peering intently over tinted spectacles, her face bears little trace of the passing of time and ...

Broncos fire Williams, name Ishibashi new coach

Jun 01, 2013

Broncos fire Williams, name Ishibashi new coach

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The Saitama Broncos’ annual coaching change was on the agenda on Friday. Head coach Tracy Williams’ expected departure was made official on Friday evening. A news release was posted at 7:56 p.m. on the team website. Exactly one minute later, the Eastern Conference team ...

| Jun 01, 2013

England needs victories, not draws

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England plays Brazil in a friendly on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Whether England will return to Brazil for next year’s World Cup finals remains in the balance. Its performance in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland underlined yet again, as if ...

Jun 01, 2013

Rudisha to skip Prefontaine meet

London Olympic 800-meter champion and world record-holder David Rudisha pulled out of this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic Diamond League athletics meeting Thursday with a knee injury, organizers said. An MRI scan performed on Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon revealed the injury, which Rudisha’s manager James Templeton ...

Jun 01, 2013

Kawamura takes aim at NBA job

Star guard Takuya Kawamura has left the Link Tochigi Brex in his latest attempt to land a spot on an NBA team. The five-time JBL Best Five player is heading to Arizona next week to begin training in preparation for the NBA Summer League, ...