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41 articles published/printed


Cop in line for award for soccer crowd control

Jun 11, 2013

Cop in line for award for soccer crowd control

Tokyo police are planning to honor a riot squad officer who used humor to smoothly direct a crowd of soccer fans last week in the busy Shibuya district after Japan became the first team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, officials ...

New ID system for keeping tax tabs, finding cheats

| Jun 11, 2013

New ID system for keeping tax tabs, finding cheats

by Mizuho Aoki

The Diet passed the “common number” bill May 24, paving the way for every resident, including foreigners, to be assigned a personal identification number. Holders of the “my number” IDs will be notified around fall 2015 and they will take effect starting in January ...

Jun 11, 2013

GDP revised up to annual 4.1% in first quarter

The economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.1 percent during the first three months of the year in inflation-adjusted terms, upgraded from preliminary data on the back of an upward revision to business investment.

Crown Prince and Princess celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary

Jun 11, 2013

Crown Prince and Princess celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako marked their 20th wedding anniversary Sunday just months after the Crown Princess, who has been suffering a stress-induced illness, carried out her first official overseas trip in 11 years. “In the past 20 years, we have experienced ...

Jun 11, 2013

Cease promoting nuclear power

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to move forward with the development of nuclear power technology represents his cynical disregard for the victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Jun 11, 2013

Medical treatment transparency

A proposed new system to investigate unexpected deaths at medical institutions should enhance the transparency of medical institutions, and nurture trust between citizens and medical institutions.

Honda doubtful for final qualifier

Jun 11, 2013

Honda doubtful for final qualifier

Keisuke Honda became the nation’s hero last week after sending Japan through to next year’s World Cup with an injury-time penalty against Australia. But the CSKA Moscow man may have paid a price as he has been unable to train with the team since ...

Rising star Kiryu ready to make mark on track

Jun 11, 2013

Rising star Kiryu ready to make mark on track

by Kaz Nagatsuka

About this time last year, Yoshihide Kiryu was just an obscure sprinter who innocently hoped to be mentioned in Japanese track-and-field magazines, just like any other high school athlete. A year later, he’s the sport’s most sought-after man in among members of the media. ...