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55 articles published/printed


'Abenomics' spiel guardedly praised

Jun 19, 2013

'Abenomics' spiel guardedly praised

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, resolved to end nearly two decades of deflation and revive the economy, explains his economic and fiscal policies to his fellow G-8 chiefs, turning "Abenomics" into an international commitment in the process.

Jun 19, 2013

Unfiltered fan ran for three days after radiation leak

A ventilation fan with no filters was used for three days after a radiation leak in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, meaning radioactive substances may have continued to escape from the facility after its operators reported the leak to regulators.

Lavrov to visit in fall; talks on isle row eyed

Jun 19, 2013

Lavrov to visit in fall; talks on isle row eyed

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday that Moscow would dispatch its top diplomat to Japan this fall to boost political dialogue, a Japanese official said. The leaders also confirmed that talks on an island dispute that has prevented the ...

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

Jun 19, 2013

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

by Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada

Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives spent dozens of meetings fretting about the utility’s future as hundreds of younger employees quit over salary cuts after the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns, according to minutes obtained by Bloomberg News. “The company could quickly deteriorate” as workers ...

Robot niche expands in senior care

Jun 19, 2013

Robot niche expands in senior care

by Mai Iida

Given Japan’s rapidly aging population, efforts are accelerating to devise more practical and affordable robots to help seniors handle daily tasks, as well as to cope with a projected shortage of caregivers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has allocated ¥2.39 billion in the fiscal ...

Jun 19, 2013

Meltdowns haven't killed anyone: LDP bigwig

by Reiji Yoshida

Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Sanae Takaichi has created a stir by saying the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns didn’t kill anyone and arguing the government should restart reactors nationwide given Japan’s scarce energy resources. Delivering a speech in Kobe on Monday, Takaichi said the crisis ...

NTV unearths oldest TV anime film

Jun 19, 2013

NTV unearths oldest TV anime film

A 1958 film believed to be Japan’s oldest TV animation work has been found at a Nippon Television Network Corp. studio. The color cartoon, titled “Mogura no Abanchuru” (“Mole’s Adventure”), runs eight minutes and 53 seconds. It was discovered during production of a feature ...

Sign-language service via iPads tested by JR East

Jun 19, 2013

Sign-language service via iPads tested by JR East

East Japan Railway Co. began testing a sign-language interpretation service in Tokyo on Monday using a videophone application on an Apple iPad tablet for the hearing-impaired. The application allows passengers at information booths to use sign language and ask questions to a call-center operator ...

McDonald's limited-time burgers going a bit upmarket

Jun 19, 2013

McDonald's limited-time burgers going a bit upmarket

McDonald’s Holdings Co. will sell “premium” hamburgers priced at more than ¥500 for a limited period starting next Monday. The Quarter Pounder BLT will cost ¥520 to ¥570, making it the most expensive McDonald’s burger. Also new will be the Quarter Pounder Habanero Tomato, priced ...

Tablet computers thrust Thailand classrooms into digital era

Jun 19, 2013

Tablet computers thrust Thailand classrooms into digital era

In a rural classroom in the Thai highlands, hill-tribe children energetically slide their fingertips over tablet computer screens, practicing everything from English to mathematics and music. The disadvantaged students are part of an ambitious project by Thailand to distribute millions of the handheld devices ...

Montreal mayor held in graft probe

Jun 19, 2013

Montreal mayor held in graft probe

The mayor of Canada’s second-largest city was arrested Monday, along with two former city councilors, and faces fraud and corruption charges linked to alleged mafia extortion. Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was picked up by police at his home in the early morning hours and ...

Execs held for bilking cattle investors

Jun 19, 2013

Execs held for bilking cattle investors

The president and two other former executives of failed cattle outfit Agura Bokujo are arrested for allegedly soliciting investors based on misleading information before the operation went under in 2011.

Jun 19, 2013

Ova bank presents legal issues

If things go smoothly, a Kobe-based private network will begin in vitro fertilization with ova from donors by yearend. Some legal problems are expected.

Jun 19, 2013

Growth strategy misses

The "Abenomics" growth strategy just adopted looks like a wish list of budgets with project names that will be coveted by individual government ministries.

Fighters rally past Carp in interleague finale

Jun 19, 2013

Fighters rally past Carp in interleague finale

Hokkaido Nippon Ham rookie right-hander Shohei Otani made his debut pitching and batting in the same game, tossing four innings of three-run ball while batting in the No. 5 spot in the Fighters’ 7-4 win over the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday. In the last ...

Jun 19, 2013

Boxing: Kiyota lays down gauntlet to champion Stieglitz

Japanese super middleweight Yuzo Kiyota has a message for WBO champion Robert Stieglitz: since you think I’m the underdog, you won’t mind if I bite you. Kiyota, the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation champion, takes on Stieglitz in his first world title bout in ...