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Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

Jun 26, 2013

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

by Masaaki Kameda

Shin Shin, the female giant panda at Ueno Zoo, is highly unlikely to be pregnant, officials at the Tokyo facility said Tuesday, saying she isn’t showing the conditions usually observed before pandas give birth. Shin Shin has been removed from public viewing since June ...

Tokyo Olympic bid gets high marks

Jun 26, 2013

Tokyo Olympic bid gets high marks

The International Olympic Committee has released its Evaluation Commission report for cities vying to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, giving Tokyo high marks for its proposal for a compact games in which 85 percent of the competition venues would be within an 8-km radius

Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on

Jun 26, 2013

Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on

by Keiji Hirano

Freelance journalist Ryuichi Kino started attending press briefings at Tokyo Electric Power Co. shortly after the nuclear crisis erupted at its Fukushima No. 1 complex in March 2011, knowing that it was an event of world significance. “I knew I would regret it if ...

Freighter may have hit missing skipper's trawler

Jun 26, 2013

Freighter may have hit missing skipper's trawler

The Japan Coast Guard inspected a foreign-flagged car-carrier ship Tuesday suspected of involvement in a collision in the Pacific off Miyagi Prefecture in which a tuna boat capsized and its captain is listed as missing, officials said. The 19-ton tuna trawler Yujin Maru No. ...

Military 'surge' eyed for Mexico-U.S. border

Jun 26, 2013

Military 'surge' eyed for Mexico-U.S. border

More than 20,000 new border patrol agents, hundreds of kilometers of fencing, billions of dollars in drones, radar and sensors: U.S. lawmakers are proposing a militaristic remedy to staunch illegal immigrant flow from Mexico. The Senate on Monday gave the green light to the ...

Ghosn earned ¥988 million; no one has gripe

Jun 26, 2013

Ghosn earned ¥988 million; no one has gripe

Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday that CEO Carlos Ghosn earned a whopping ¥988 million in the last fiscal year, up ¥1 million, or 0.1 percent, from the previous year. The amount is likely the highest among remunerations received by executives of listed Japanese firms ...

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

Jun 26, 2013

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

by Jody Godoy

Crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura might be a self-described pessimist with a dark personality, but one thing he’s never had to worry about is writer’s block. “I’m bursting with story ideas. It’s not a talent, it’s more like a disease,” he told a small gathering ...

Password fatigue haunts Net users

Jun 26, 2013

Password fatigue haunts Net users

by Robert Macpherson

Looking for a safe password? You can give HQbgbiZVu9AWcqoSZmChwgtMYTrM7HE3ObVWGepMeOsJf4iHMyNXMT1BrySA4d7 a try. Good luck memorizing it. Sixty-three random alpha-numeric characters — in this case, generated by an online password generator — are as good as it gets when it comes to securing your virtual life. ...

Japan wary of China forces buildup, North threat: paper

Jun 26, 2013

Japan wary of China forces buildup, North threat: paper

Japan has been vigilant against China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats amid what it considers a worsening security environment, an overview of the Defense Ministry’s 2013 white paper said Tuesday. The ministry says a lack of transparency in Chinese military ...

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

Jun 26, 2013

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

A special Licca-chan doll, decorated with ¥100 million worth of diamonds, will be displayed at the Doll Exhibition at Saga Prefectural Museum in the city of Saga from July 20 to Sept. 16. The Fancy Diamond Licca-chan, the luxury version of the popular Licca-chan ...

AirAsia pulling out of budget airline venture with ANA

Jun 26, 2013

AirAsia pulling out of budget airline venture with ANA

Malaysia’s AirAsia confirmed Tuesday it is ending its low-cost airline joint venture with All Nippon Airways. AirAsia, Asia’s largest budget airline company, said in a statement both had signed a termination agreement. “The joint venture, created two years ago under the name AirAsia Japan, ...

Jun 26, 2013

Tritium samples in sea near No. 1 jump

by Reiji Yoshida

The density of radioactive tritium in samples of seawater from near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant doubled over 10 days to hit a record 1,100 becquerels per liter, possibly indicating contaminated groundwater is seeping into the Pacific Ocean.

Jun 26, 2013

20% of young fathers put in 60-hour weeks

Nearly 20 percent of male employees in their 30s work more than 60 hours a week, making it difficult for them to participate in raising children, a 2013 government white paper on dealing with the low birthrate shows.

Jun 26, 2013

Level of radioactive tritium rising in harbor at Fukushima plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has seen a rise in the level of radioactive tritium in seawater within the harbor at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. A sample collected Friday contained around 1,100 becquerels of tritium per liter, the highest level detected ...

Jun 26, 2013

Mr. Obama rekindles nuclear dream

Japan, despite its reliance on the U.S. nuclear umbrella, must emphasize to the U.S. that it supports international agreements to reduce nuclear arsenals.

Hands on with the 'maker movement'

Jun 26, 2013

Hands on with the 'maker movement'

by Kazuaki Nagata

The so-called maker movement of do-it-yourselfers is set to continue its momentum at a global level, and as such the world will see an explosion of innovative creation from individuals, according to Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of the U.S.-based Make magazine. Recent technological developments such ...

Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential

Jun 26, 2013

Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential

by Eriko Arita

Takashi Yamamoto, 42, president of Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center, is Japan’s leading expert on volunteer disaster-relief activities. In 1995, when he was a staffer of the educational cruise ship Peace Boat, Yamamoto began working on disaster relief for Kobe after the Great ...

Fighters show moxie in comeback victory

Jun 26, 2013

Fighters show moxie in comeback victory

by Jason Coskrey

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters may be in last place in the Pacific League, but, as their nickname implies, there is a lot of fight in the team from Japan’s northern island. Atsunori Inaba capped a three-run eighth inning with a tie-breaking two-run single, ...

Balotelli's injury delivers blow to Italy's hopes

Jun 26, 2013

Balotelli's injury delivers blow to Italy's hopes

Having seen Confederations Cup semifinal opponent Spain neatly dismantle Nigeria in their final group game on Sunday, the last thing Italy needed was an injury to increasingly influential striker Mario Balotelli. The 22-year-old has been ruled out of the tournament due to a torn ...