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Jul 03, 2013

Tepco to seek Niigata reactor restarts

Tokyo Electric Power says it will file a request with the Nuclear Regulation Authority to restart two idled reactors in Niigata Prefecture after new safety regulations take effect next Monday.

Jul 03, 2013

Fukushima a 'blueprint' for terrorists, IAEA warns

The catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which forced the relocation of 160,000 people, may provide a new blueprint for terrorists seeking to inflict mass disruption, security analysts tell a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Jul 03, 2013

Government pension fund logs record ¥11 trillion gain

The Government Pension Investment Fund says it logged a record investment gain of ¥11.2 trillion in fiscal 2012 as domestic stocks rose sharply and the depreciation of the yen boosted the value of foreign assets in domestic terms.

Portugal's baby bust feeding vicious cycle

| Jul 03, 2013

Portugal's baby bust feeding vicious cycle

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For an enterprise in the business of welcoming life, the birthing ward inside Portugal’s largest maternity hospital is eerily quiet. On a recent morning, not a single expectant father nervously paced the orange laminated floors. Unhurried nurses shuffled by rows of darkened rooms with ...

Work-life balance? Not in politics

Jul 03, 2013

Work-life balance? Not in politics

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Tamayo Marukawa, 42, seems to have it all. A University of Tokyo graduate, she scored one of the most coveted jobs in Japan as an announcer at TV Asahi. A popular presence there for 14 years, she left for a seat in the Upper ...

Photos of opponents found stabbed in Aum facility

Jul 03, 2013

Photos of opponents found stabbed in Aum facility

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Photographs of the director general and other officials of the Public Security Intelligence Agency were found stabbed through with a knife during an on-site inspection of a facility connected to Aum Shinrikyo, according to the agency. The photos, found earlier this year during an ...

Firms send new hires out to gain street smarts

Jul 03, 2013

Firms send new hires out to gain street smarts

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An increasing number of Japanese companies are introducing practical experience-based training programs for new employees to boost their confidence. Ikai Co., a staffing agency based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, required 57 employees fresh out of school to travel 50 km by hitchhiking as part ...

Salarymen's allowance falls to 1982 level

Jul 03, 2013

Salarymen's allowance falls to 1982 level

The average Japanese husband’s monthly allowance slumped to the lowest level since 1982 at the start of the financial year as workers await the dividends promised by “Abenomics.” Salarymen’s spending money, typically set by wives managing family budgets, was ¥38,457, down 3 percent from ...

Disabled find new roles in workplace

Jul 03, 2013

Disabled find new roles in workplace

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At Sign with Me, a cafe on the second floor of a building in central Tokyo, orders are given and taken without a word being spoken. Customers and staff communicate in sign language, in writing or by running a finger over the menu. All ...

Nagoya mayor's ¥8 million salary cap approved

Jul 03, 2013

Nagoya mayor's ¥8 million salary cap approved

The Nagoya Municipal Assembly enacted an ordinance Tuesday that caps the annual salary of Mayor Takashi Kawamura at ¥8 million — one of his policy pledges to help save taxpayer money. A special ordinance on his salary was adopted at a plenary session of ...

Yugoslavia tribunal's credibility hit

| Jul 03, 2013

Yugoslavia tribunal's credibility hit

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which saw some of its powers transferred to a new body in The Hague on Monday, has come under fire for a series of recent acquittals. But analysts say it will be future judgments on ...

Kumamoto shows Foujita painting of UNESCO Fuji site

Jul 03, 2013

Kumamoto shows Foujita painting of UNESCO Fuji site

A museum in the city of Kumamoto opened an exhibition Tuesday showcasing nearly 120 works by Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), including two oil paintings discovered last year. One of the two, measuring 23 cm by 32.5 cm, depicts the Miho-no-Matsubara pine grove that was ...

Kumamon visits Paris; Japanese Red Cross summer camps

| Jul 03, 2013

Kumamon visits Paris; Japanese Red Cross summer camps

EVENTS Kumamon visits Paris Kumamon, Kumamoto Prefecture’s mascot, will participate in the 14th Japan Expo to be held from July 4 to 7 at Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte (North Paris-Villepinte Exposition Park) in France to publicize the Kyushu prefecture. This will ...

Jul 03, 2013

DPJ ruins chance at power reform

The multipartisan anti-bullying law enacted by the Diet is no panacea for the nation's schools as it fails to take into account all aspects of the bullying problem.

Jul 03, 2013

Taking a stand against bullying

It is deplorable that the opposition DPJ blew a chance to pass a power industry reform bill because it was too busy playing politics against the prime minister.

Eagles' Tanaka improves to 11-0

Jul 03, 2013

Eagles' Tanaka improves to 11-0

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka flummoxed another would-be lineup, continuing his stunning run from the start of the season by winning his 11th consecutive decision in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ 7-0 triumph over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Tuesday night. Second-place Rakuten improved to a ...

NPB boss Kato reiterates intent to stay on job

Jul 03, 2013

NPB boss Kato reiterates intent to stay on job

Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato, who has come under fire after the league secretly altered its baseball, insisted anew on Monday he has no plans of stepping down in the wake of the scandal. “Let history be the ultimate judge in evaluating me,” ...