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Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Jul 02, 2013

Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Hikers flocked to Mount Fuji on Monday as Japan’s highest mountain, which last month was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, opened for the climbing season. At the 3,776-meter summit, climbers cheered as the sun broke through the clouds at around 4:40 a.m. Monday. ...

Nuclear safety rules put onus on utilities

| Jul 02, 2013

Nuclear safety rules put onus on utilities

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority on July 8 will begin enforcing new safety standards at atomic power stations, more than two years after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant experienced three reactor core meltdowns. Hoping they become the world’s highest safety standards, the ...

Tensions in Hong Kong reach boiling point

Jul 02, 2013

Tensions in Hong Kong reach boiling point

Hundreds of thousands of protesters, some waving British colonial-era flags and sporting Edward Snowden masks, were to march in Hong Kong later Monday to denounce the city’s leaders and demand universal suffrage on its handover anniversary. Organizers said they expected more than 400,000 people ...

JAL Narita-Helsinki flights start, using 787s

Jul 02, 2013

JAL Narita-Helsinki flights start, using 787s

Japan Airlines Co. on Monday launched a new daily round-trip service from Narita airport to Helsinki using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. JAL had planned to start flying to the Finnish capital on Feb. 25 using the fuel-efficient plane but had to delay it after ...

Pakistan tells Britain it backs Afghan peace efforts

Jul 02, 2013

Pakistan tells Britain it backs Afghan peace efforts

Pakistan assured Britain’s visiting prime minister Sunday that it would promote peace efforts in neighboring Afghanistan as the West pushes for talks with the Taliban ahead of NATO’s troop withdrawal. David Cameron’s talks in Islamabad were conducted as three attacks in northwest Pakistan killed ...

Panda Shin Shin to return to stage at Ueno Zoo

Jul 02, 2013

Panda Shin Shin to return to stage at Ueno Zoo

Giant panda Shin Shin will be put back on display at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo starting Tuesday after being removed last month for what turned out to be a “false pregnancy,” the zoo said Monday. While on display, Shin Shin will be able to move ...

Gourmet food dished out in crisis-hit Italy's soup kitchens

Jul 02, 2013

Gourmet food dished out in crisis-hit Italy's soup kitchens

In a gritty Rome neighborhood, a soup kitchen is serving up lip-smacking gourmet food donated from a famous delicatessen — part of a new initiative to combat food waste and feed a growing need in recession-hit Italy. “Of course it’s good! This is a ...

Jul 02, 2013

U.S. taps half-billion German phone, email links monthly: report

U.S. secret services keep tabs on around half a billion telephone calls, emails or mobile phone text messages in Germany a month, making it the most targeted among EU states, a German news magazine reported Sunday, citing secret U.S. documents. The latest allegations over ...

Jul 02, 2013

Alternative ideas need a voice

Merely opposing Shinzo Abe's policies and goals before the Upper House polls is not enough. The opposition needs to clarify an alternative vision for Japan.

Jul 02, 2013

Services for depopulated areas

As the population in Japan's countryside rapidly declines, an advisory body to the prime minister proposes intercity cooperation to maintain public services.

Let's talk 100 percent <em>kawaii!</em>

Jul 02, 2013

Let's talk 100 percent kawaii!

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Long before the mayor of Shibuya announced pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as an official ambassador of kawaii culture, Sebastian Masuda, her art director, had been on a mission to spread “kawaii culture” across the world, advocating it as not only a potent source ...

All-Star managers fill out squads

Jul 02, 2013

All-Star managers fill out squads

The rosters for this summer’s All-Star Series were fleshed out on Monday as Central League manager Tatsunori Hara and Pacific League skipper Hideki Kuriyama named 33 players between them on Monday for the three-game series starting on July 19. “No matter what, I want ...