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66 articles published/printed


Japan set to top solar power market

Jun 13, 2013

Japan set to top solar power market

Japan is expected to become the world’s largest solar energy market this year, with the installation of new solar power systems more than doubling capacity, a recent report by a U.S. research firm says. The domestic solar power market is forecast to reach $19.8 ...

CEO: PS4 to tap new revenue streams

Jun 13, 2013

CEO: PS4 to tap new revenue streams

by Jody Godoy

The financial hit from hardware outlays for the PlayStation4 won’t be as big as they were for the PlayStation3, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President and CEO Andrew House said Tuesday. He also said the PS4 was designed to “allow for an aggressive cost-down strategy” ...

Calm returns to scene of  Turkey's violent protests

Jun 13, 2013

Calm returns to scene of Turkey's violent protests

An uneasy calm returned to Istanbul’s protest square early Wednesday following a day of running clashes between riot police and protesters. Hours earlier, Taksim Square had resembled a battlefield, draped in acrid smoke as police dispersed tens of thousands of protesters chanting “Erdogan, resign!” ...

Leaker Snowden's girlfriend is a 'pole-dancing superhero'

Jun 13, 2013

Leaker Snowden's girlfriend is a 'pole-dancing superhero'

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may have gone into hiding after leaking details of a vast program to spy on Internet users, but his girlfriend’s public web presence has caused a stir. The now notorious former CIA technician’s partner is reportedly 28-year-old Lindsay ...

Sazae-san statues face the tax man

Jun 13, 2013

Sazae-san statues face the tax man

by Mizuho Aoki

A merchant group in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward may have to pay some ¥9.8 million in taxes over the next 45 years for bronze statues of characters from the beloved comic strip “Sazae-san” that they installed to promote their district. The Sakurashinmachi Shotengai Shinko Kumiai ...

Deaf bartender raises game to thrive in Ginza

Jun 13, 2013

Deaf bartender raises game to thrive in Ginza

Dai Igarashi is a bartender in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza entertainment district, attending to customers like any barkeep but with one difference — he is totally deaf. As the manager of Bell Sign, which caters to hearing-impaired people, Igarashi communicates in sign language. But since ...

Engine, de-icer glitches dog 787s

Jun 13, 2013

Engine, de-icer glitches dog 787s

An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 flight is scrubbed when one of its two engines fails to start, marking the third straight day of problems for the next-generation Dreamliner.

World's oldest man dies in Kyoto after reaching 116

Jun 13, 2013

World's oldest man dies in Kyoto after reaching 116

A Japanese man recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person and longest-lived man in history died of natural causes in Kyotango, Kyoto Prefecture, early Wednesday at the age of 116, the city said. Jiroemon Kimura, a Kyoto native, died at ...

Jun 13, 2013

U.S. tech giants urge NSA transparency

by Craig Timberg and Cecilia Kang

Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agency's sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.

Jun 13, 2013

Stand down on pre-emption

Allowing Japan's Self-Defense Forces to develop the capabilities to attack military bases in enemy territory risks egging on an arms race in Northeast Asia.

Jun 13, 2013

On track for a tax increase

The Abe administration seems hellbent on raising the consumption tax starting next year regardless of whether it threatens the nation's economic recovery.

The collector who saw the fine print

Jun 13, 2013

The collector who saw the fine print

by Yoko Haruhara

The Nezu Museum is currently showing “Ceramics and Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Hagi Uragami Museum,” an exhibition of outstanding artworks collected over the years by the entrepreneur Toshiro Uragami, who donated them to the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1996. How did ...

Observing the present and past is to see into the future

Jun 13, 2013

Observing the present and past is to see into the future

by Stuart Munro

For the past 48 years, Daido Moriyama has followed his photographic instinct, drawn to subjects whose characters appear as vibrant as they are tragic while leaving the question of which for us to decide. The act of exhibiting, through the unraveling of images, has ...

Kanazawa artists play with genres

Jun 13, 2013

Kanazawa artists play with genres

by Erik Luebs

It’s 11 p.m. and Kanazawa venue Puddle is packed. The space is a two-room, wood-furnished cafe/bar in the city’s Katamachi neighborhood. There’s a mediocre jam band playing later that night, but the DJ set by Yasuhiro Tsukamoto is what catches my attention. With little ...

Making sense of medieval avatars

Jun 13, 2013

Making sense of medieval avatars

by C.B. Liddell

The Western model of sexual equality — one that drives women to focus on careers but also contributes to lower birthrates — may not be an entirely unmixed blessing, but the roots of the West’s gender attitudes run deep and stem from some interesting ...

NPB commissioner denies knowledge of changes to ball

Jun 13, 2013

NPB commissioner denies knowledge of changes to ball

Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato said Wednesday he had not been informed of changes made to this year’s ball to make it more lively. Kato said the decision was made last year by NPB secretary general Kunio Shimoda, and that Shimoda had done ...

Murofushi continues to roll back years

Jun 13, 2013

Murofushi continues to roll back years

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In his fifth attempt, Koji Murofushi had his best mark of the day at 76.42 meters. And after the competition was over, he left the field with a satisfied smile, waving to the fans in the stands at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium. The figure seems ...

Balentien equals record in Swallows victory

Jun 13, 2013

Balentien equals record in Swallows victory

Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien became the 18th player in Japanese baseball history to homer in four consecutive at-bats with a two-run drive in the first inning of a game against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks at Yafuoku Dome on Wednesday. The Swallows would ...