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Toxic groundwater reaching sea: NRA

Jul 11, 2013

Toxic groundwater reaching sea: NRA

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says it strongly suspects highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seeping into the ground and contaminating the Pacific

Top court may annul inheritance disparity

Jul 11, 2013

Top court may annul inheritance disparity

The Supreme Court convenes its Grand Bench to consider disputes over a Civil Code provision for less inheritance for illegitimate children, indicating it may reverse its earlier interpretation of the provision as constitutional.

Frozen mammoth gets day in sun

Jul 11, 2013

Frozen mammoth gets day in sun

An almost perfectly preserved frozen mammoth, excavated from the permafrost in eastern Siberia, was unveiled to the media Tuesday in Yokohama, where it will be on display from Saturday. The 3-meter-tall mammoth is a 10-year-old female and is presumed to have died about 39,000 ...

Electric scooter with iPhone connection unveiled

Jul 11, 2013

Electric scooter with iPhone connection unveiled

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Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday an electric scooter that can be linked to an iPhone to display driving information, with an eye to emerging markets. Mass production, the first of its kind for bikes with a smartphone connection, will begin in December in Vietnam ...

Beer shipments hit record low in first half of '13

Jul 11, 2013

Beer shipments hit record low in first half of '13

Total shipments of beer and beerlike beverages in Japan in the first half of 2013 posted a record low for the six-month period, falling 0.9 percent from a year earlier to 199.29 million cases, industry data showed Wednesday. The lowest numbers for the January-June ...

IMF raises 2013 economic growth forecast for Japan

Jul 11, 2013

IMF raises 2013 economic growth forecast for Japan

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its economic growth estimate for Japan in 2013 to reflect the impact of the country’s monetary easing policy, while cutting its growth projections for the United States, China and the overall global economy. In an update to ...

Toy company draws a line in the sand

Jul 11, 2013

Toy company draws a line in the sand

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When Tokyo-based toy company Bornelund Inc. surveyed about 500 mothers in May, it found that while most Japanese parents want to let their young children play in sandboxes outdoors, many tend to avoid doing so due to concerns about cleanliness and radioactive contamination. This ...

Parents give kids early start in English

Jul 11, 2013

Parents give kids early start in English

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More and more parents are interested in having their children start studying English even before they turn 1, with an eye on giving them an advantage in their future careers. At S&S International School, an English school for infants in Yokohama, 2-year-olds were fluently ...

NYSE Euronext to take over Libor oversight

Jul 11, 2013

NYSE Euronext to take over Libor oversight

Britain will hand over administration of the London interbank offered rate (Libor) to the operator of the New York Stock Exchange as regulators try to revive confidence in the scandal-hit benchmark. NYSE Euronext will replace the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) as Libor’s administrator in ...

Officials trade blame over Canada train disaster

Jul 11, 2013

Officials trade blame over Canada train disaster

The U.S. rail company at the center of Canada’s worst train disaster in recent history on Tuesday blamed firefighters for the deadly derailment, as police indicated they believe it could be a case of criminal negligence. The death toll from the explosion on Saturday ...

Jul 11, 2013

Rushing to restart reactors

It is deplorable that four power companies seek to restart 10 idled nuclear reactors in the absence of an Abe administration policy on nuclear power for the long term.

Jul 11, 2013

Japan's first 'Internet election'

Political candidates don't seem to be using the Internet effectively ahead of the July 21 Upper House polls. The messages read more like diaries than policy arguments.

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

Jul 11, 2013

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

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Beside Stephan Balkenhol’s sculpture “Big Head with Three Part Relief” a note reads, “Nothing here is as it should be.” This figureless “head” set against a black void represents “Mr. Everyman,” that common figure, detached from his surround and considering his place in the ...

The human kindness of a foxy woman

Jul 11, 2013

The human kindness of a foxy woman

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“Ashiya Doman Ouchi Kagami” (“Mirror of the Imperial Court during the time of Ashiya Doman”) depicts the rivalry between two Heian Period characters Abe no Yasuna and Ashiya Doman. It was created as a bunraku by Takeda Izumo in Osaka in October 1734, but ...

Gregor Schneider: temporary structures that resist conformity

Jul 11, 2013

Gregor Schneider: temporary structures that resist conformity

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Seemingly out of nowhere, German artist Gregor Schneider exhibits major work at the recently opened TOLOT/heuristic Shinonome complex. His solo show brings together “It’s All Rheydt” (Kolkata, 2011) and photography from his largest undertaking, “Haus u r,” a house in his hometown of Rheydt ...

C86 sound jangles on in the Japanese indie scene

Jul 11, 2013

C86 sound jangles on in the Japanese indie scene

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If pop culture is primarily about escapism, one of the enduring mysteries of the music world must surely be how the sounds of cold, wet afternoons in mid-1980s Manchester came to capture the imaginations of artists around the world. From the sunny shores of ...

Jesse Ruins take cinematic inspiration for debut full-length

Jul 11, 2013

Jesse Ruins take cinematic inspiration for debut full-length

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Although many Japanese indie bands find it a struggle breaking into overseas markets, Tokyo’s Jesse Ruins have always seemed to strike a chord among both international and domestic listeners alike. The trio’s distinctive brand of dreamy pop — laden with sentimental synth melodies and ...

| Jul 11, 2013

Nothing beats a Hammond B3

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This month started with a trip to Cotton Club in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district to see the trio Aquapit play a gig to promote their new album “Orange.” Before the show even started, something caught my attention: Occupying center stage was a vintage Hammond B3 ...

Buffaloes rally to beat Marines

Jul 11, 2013

Buffaloes rally to beat Marines

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The first half of the game belonged to the Chiba Lotte Marines, but that wasn’t enough to get them out of the bog they’re stuck in right now. And their opponents, Orix Buffaloes, rose to the occasion at just the right time. The Buffs’ ...

Kisenosato scores easy win against Shohozan

Jul 11, 2013

Kisenosato scores easy win against Shohozan

Kisenosato got his yokozuna promotion bid back on track after suffering his first defeat a day earlier, steamrolling komusubi Shohozan on the fourth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho, who is gunning to become the first foreign-born wrestler with 26 ...