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Jul 10, 2013

Cesium soars in water under No. 1 plant

Tokyo Electric Power reports a surge in radioactive cesium levels in groundwater in an observation well at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, signaling contamination is spreading under the facility.

Jul 10, 2013

China using force, defense report says

Japan is concerned that China's potentially dangerous maritime activities around the Senkaku Islands could lead to an emergency and Beijing should act according to international rules rather than use force.

Steel makers up cost-cutting as demand tails off

Jul 10, 2013

Steel makers up cost-cutting as demand tails off

Major Japanese steel makers are stepping up their cost-cutting, amid stalled growth in domestic demand and intensifying international competition. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plans to close one of the three blast furnaces at its ironworks in Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture, by fiscal 2015. ...

Panasonic 'smart' TV ad nixed by broadcasters

Jul 10, 2013

Panasonic 'smart' TV ad nixed by broadcasters

Panasonic says Japanese TV stations are refusing to air commercials for its new “smart” television, apparently because they feel threatened by its combined TV-Internet function. Private broadcasters, in a rare case of turning down a major advertiser, have said they will not show commercials ...

Man who battled Japan nuke disaster passes away

Jul 10, 2013

Man who battled Japan nuke disaster passes away

Masao Yoshida, the former chief of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant who stayed at his post to try to tame the three runaway reactors after the 2011 quake and tsunami, died Tuesday of esophagus cancer. He was 58. Yoshida was at the power ...

Small, sporty motorcycles hot items

Jul 10, 2013

Small, sporty motorcycles hot items

The domestic motorcycle market is showing signs of pulling out of the prolonged doldrums as sporty, easy-to-maneuver machines, with an engine displacement of 250cc, are attracting young people, including women. Sales of new 125cc and bigger motorcycles totaled some 106,000 units in 2012, up ...

Bangladesh envoy calls for closer economic, cultural ties

Jul 10, 2013

Bangladesh envoy calls for closer economic, cultural ties

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While Bangladesh remains grateful to Japan for its continued support over the last four decades as a leading development partner since its 1971 independence from Pakistan, the two countries can further strengthen ties both economically and culturally, said Masud Bin Momen, Dhaka’s ambassador to ...

Languishing 47 years on death row

Jul 10, 2013

Languishing 47 years on death row

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Iwao Hakamada worked at a miso processing company in Shizuoka Prefecture when he was arrested and later sentenced to death for the grisly murder of his boss, Fujio Hashimoto, as well as Hashimoto’s wife and their two children. Hakamada was 30 years old. The ...

Perry leaving Texas office, doesn't rule out '16 bid

Jul 10, 2013

Perry leaving Texas office, doesn't rule out '16 bid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state’s history, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 amid speculation that he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. “I remain excited about the future and the challenges ...

U.K. government vows to jail reckless bankers

Jul 10, 2013

U.K. government vows to jail reckless bankers

The British government Monday pledged to jail bankers found guilty of reckless misconduct, backing a recommendation contained in a report written by a panel of cross-party lawmakers. The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, established by the coalition government after the Libor rate-rigging scandal last ...

Syria reshuffles top leadership; rebel 'PM' quits

Jul 10, 2013

Syria reshuffles top leadership; rebel 'PM' quits

Syria’s ruling Baath Party has replaced its top leadership in a surprise move, while U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon called on all parties in the war to observe a truce during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In Turkey, meanwhile, interim prime minister for rebel-held ...

French court acquits Total in Iraq 'oil-for-food' case

Jul 10, 2013

French court acquits Total in Iraq 'oil-for-food' case

A French court on Monday acquitted energy giant Total, its chief executive, a former minister and more than a dozen other defendants of corruption charges in connection with Iraq’s oil-for-food program. The court ruled there had been no corruption, influence-peddling or misuse of assets ...

Manning was troubled over plight of Iraqis: witness

Jul 10, 2013

Manning was troubled over plight of Iraqis: witness

Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of espionage, was “upset” about the plight of Iraqi civilians before he handed over a trove of secret files to WikiLeaks, a witness testified Monday. The army private was dismayed over an incident in which 15 Iraqi civilians ...

Islamists call for uprising after army kills dozens in Cairo

Jul 10, 2013

Islamists call for uprising after army kills dozens in Cairo

Fifty-one people, mostly Mohamed Morsi loyalists, were killed Monday in Egypt while rallying in favor of the ousted president, as the new rulers announced fresh elections by early 2014 amid U.S. calls for restraint. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has led demonstrations against Wednesday’s overthrow ...

Jul 10, 2013

'Abenomics' too narrow in focus

The Abe administration's policy of monetary easing must end sometime. Voters in this month's Upper House polls should weigh the policy's effect on jobs and wages.

Jul 10, 2013

Supporting less fortunate children

A law passed unanimously by the Upper House will test the central government's will to support education for poor children and to help low-income parents find jobs.

Tanaka blanks Fighters, improves to 12-0

Jul 10, 2013

Tanaka blanks Fighters, improves to 12-0

Eagles hurler Masahiro Tanaka scattered four hits, all singles, in another brilliant outing en route to winning his 12th consecutive decision since the beginning of the season and recorded his second shutout this year. Tohoku Rakuten defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-0 on ...

Kisenosato falls against Tochiozan

Jul 10, 2013

Kisenosato falls against Tochiozan

Promotion-chasing Kisenosato tumbled headlong over his first hurdle in his bid for yokozuna, falling to a first defeat at the hands of nemesis Tochiozan on the third day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. It was a somber defeat for Kisenosato, who ...