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Jul 13, 2013

Hyogo man sets fire to City Hall over tax dispute

A 63-year-old man angry over a tax dispute used Molotov cocktails to set fire to City Hall in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, on Friday morning, injuring at least five people, police and firefighters said. Shoji Takahashi, who was arrested at the scene, allegedly told investigators, ...

Data in Novartis drug study manipulated

Jul 13, 2013

Data in Novartis drug study manipulated

The data used in a clinical study on Novartis Pharma K.K.’s blockbuster blood pressure drug Diovan were manipulated, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine has revealed. The research, based on around 3,000 Japanese with high blood pressure, was started in 2004 by Hiroaki Matsubara, a ...

Jul 13, 2013

'Abenomics' dark side: hinterland pay cuts

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cuts to local-government subsidies are like trying to “wring water from an old rag that’s been squeezed dry,” says Kazuya Yoshida, a 27-year municipal employee in Shijonawate, Osaka Prefecture. Abe pared payments to regional authorities by ¥392 billion, or 2.3 ...

Jul 13, 2013

May industrial output revised lower

Industrial production for May increased 1.9 percent from the previous month, revised down from the preliminary reading of a 2.0 percent rise, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. The seasonally adjusted production index for the manufacturing and mining sectors stood at ...

Jul 13, 2013

Fuji gets seasonal high-speed Net

Softbank Mobile Corp. and NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced separately Thursday they have started providing high-speed LTE mobile Internet access at the summit of Mount Fuji. Access will be available until the end of the summer climbing season in late August. The carriers have installed ...

Jul 13, 2013

Chinese military slams defense paper

China’s military is “strongly discontented with and firmly opposed to” the Japanese defense white paper that criticized intrusions by Chinese government ships into Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands, according to a Ministry of National Defense spokesman. “The new edition of Japan’s defense white ...

Prince Hisahito: the future of the monarchy?

Jul 13, 2013

Prince Hisahito: the future of the monarchy?

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As an expectant Britain gets royal baby fever and readies to welcome a future monarch — male or female — the young boy who carries the destiny of Japan’s Imperial family lives a life much less examined. Prince Hisahito, 6, son of Prince Akishino ...

Jul 13, 2013

TPP debut too late for Malaysia round on tariffs

Japan probably won’t make its debut in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks in time to state its own case during a crucial tariff elimination session, a government source said. Japan must wait until the United States completes domestic procedures to allow it to participate, ...

Jul 13, 2013

JT plans scholarships for low-income students

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Japan Tobacco Inc. said Friday it will establish a university scholarship for students from low-income families, providing up to ¥8.8 million until graduation in the most generous program of its kind. The program is scheduled to start next April, JT said. “Students from low-income ...

Jul 13, 2013

Cerberus needs cooperation of Mizuho for next Seibu tack: Gomi

Cerberus Capital Management LP, the biggest shareholder of Seibu Holdings Inc., should approach Mizuho Financial Group Inc. to help it narrow its differences with the hotel operator, said Hirofumi Gomi, a former candidate for the Seibu board. The key is to start talks with ...

Jul 13, 2013

Veggie prices soar as heat, drought exact toll

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The scorching heat is putting an extra burden on household budgets as the drought stunts the growth of leafy vegetables, causing wholesale prices to soar 20 to 50 percent compared with recent years. The price spike, based on figures between July 1 and Wednesday, ...

Jul 13, 2013

Rakuten users' points stolen via IDs

Users of a major online shopping mall run by Rakuten Inc. have been robbed of points they earned from shopping by someone who has secretly accessed their accounts using their identification codes and passwords, Rakuten officials said Thursday. The points have been converted to ...

Jul 13, 2013

More restarts sought

Kyushu Electric Power Co. filed Friday for government safety assessments on two reactors, raising to 12 the number of units for which restarts are being sought in the wake of the introduction earlier this week of new safety requirements. Power utilities are rushing to ...

Jul 13, 2013

Imports of mature eels fall sharply

Imports of adult eels from China and Taiwan between September and May came to 2,549 tons, a decline of around 35 percent from a year earlier, according to recent government trade data. Imports of processed eels, such as those that have been broiled, also ...

Jul 13, 2013

TOCOM, CME eye joint Globex use

Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. has agreed with U.S. derivatives market operator CME Group Inc. to start full-fledged negotiations on the joint use of CME’s Globex 24-hour trading system, sources said. TOCOM President Tadashi Ezaki and visiting CME Chief Executive Officer Phupinder Gill reached the ...

Consumers with cash splurging more on luxury goods

Jul 13, 2013

Consumers with cash splurging more on luxury goods

Sales of high-end watches, jewelry and other luxury goods are on the rise at department stores as sentiment among wealthy people picks up thanks to rising stock prices backed by the aggressive economic policy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In addition, consumers in general ...

Jul 13, 2013

Kremlin to buy typewriters in bid to avoid computer leaks

A Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications is looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware, sources said Thursday. The throwback to the paper-strewn days of Soviet bureaucracy has reportedly been prompted by the publication ...

Jul 13, 2013

Saudi princess charged with human trafficking in U.S.

A Saudi princess was to be released from a U.S. jail on bail Thursday after being charged with enslaving a Kenyan woman, forcing her to work in abusive conditions and withholding her passport. Meshael Alayban, 42, one of six wives of a grandson of ...

Jul 13, 2013

Pilots noted jet's speed just before crash

The pilots of the Asiana Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco appeared to be unaware the plane was flying too slowly until just seconds before it slammed into the seawall. National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said Thursday that analysis of cockpit ...

Repeat-heavy new TV channel dismissed as second-rate by Greeks

Jul 13, 2013

Repeat-heavy new TV channel dismissed as second-rate by Greeks

The controversy over Greece’s shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT took a comic twist this week when the government set up a court-ordered rival channel, airing stock footage swiftly dismissed as second-rate by viewers. The new public channel was initially called EDT (Hellenic Public ...

Taiwan braces for Soulik, first typhoon of the year

Jul 13, 2013

Taiwan braces for Soulik, first typhoon of the year

Taiwan is bracing for a direct hit by Typhoon Soulik early Saturday, prompting precautionary evacuations due to the risk of landslides, and airlines predicting high winds that would disrupt flights. Soulik may make landfall in northeastern Yilan or eastern Hualien counties early Saturday and ...

Jul 13, 2013

More Russians need to 'feel some pain' over deceased lawyer: McCain

Arizona Sen. John McCain on Thursday slammed a Russian court’s conviction of dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion, angrily saying the U.S. needs to make more Russians “feel some pain.” And he took issue with the U.S. administration for its low-key reaction to ...

Jul 13, 2013

100 inmates break out of prison in Indonesia

Around 1,000 Indonesian police and soldiers were hunting Friday for about 100 inmates, including convicted terrorists, who escaped from an overcrowded prison after setting it ablaze in riots that left five dead. The inmates began rampaging through the jail in Medan city on Sumatra ...

Jul 13, 2013

Food-stamp cash cut from farm bill

House Republicans narrowly passed a farm bill Thursday that was stripped of hundreds of billions in funding for food stamps, abandoning four decades of precedent to gain the backing of conservative lawmakers. The 216-208 vote was a victory for a Republican caucus that has ...

DNA ties 'Boston Strangler' to victim

Jul 13, 2013

DNA ties 'Boston Strangler' to victim

A breakthrough in DNA technology has linked the man who confessed to being the Boston Strangler to the last of the 1960s murders attributed to the notorious killer, officials said Thursday. The body of Albert DeSalvo — widely thought to have raped and murdered ...

Jul 13, 2013

China mom hurls baby out window

A Chinese mother threw her newborn out of an apartment building to the ground, where she was run over by a car, it has been learned. Surveillance footage from Harbin on Thursday showed a bag containing the baby hitting the roadway outside and being ...

Jul 13, 2013

Microsoft revamps corporate structure

Microsoft announced a sweeping corporate reorganization Thursday that attempts to pull the firm into a better position to compete more fiercely with Apple and Google. Under the new structure, called “One Microsoft,” Microsoft will have half as many major divisions — four instead of ...

Jul 13, 2013

Indians give the injured short shrift

Most Indians are unlikely to help victims of road accidents because they fear the legal hassles and police questioning, a survey of people in seven cities said Thursday. Some 74 percent of the people surveyed across India were unwilling to assist victims, a figure ...

Jul 13, 2013

China and Russia practicing again

Japan should take China and Russia at their word when they say Tokyo should not be concerned by their joint large-scale naval exercise in the Japan Sea this week.

Fracking battle lines drawn in England's countryside

Jul 13, 2013

Fracking battle lines drawn in England's countryside

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For a site symbolizing a future that will either poison our countryside or bring us unlimited amounts of cheap, pollution-free energy, Elswick, in northeast England, is a distinctly underwhelming destination for a visit. The gas-power station, owned by the U.K. drilling company Cuadrilla, lies ...

Jul 13, 2013

Boettcher named Shiga's new coach

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Chris Boettcher, a longtime women’s college basketball assistant coach, has been hired as the Shiga Lakestars’ new bench boss, the bj-league team announced on Friday. Boettcher, 44, replaces Al Westover, who guided the Lakestars to back-to-back playoff appearances in his two seasons at the ...

Coach says Nadal resting for U.S. Open

Jul 13, 2013

Coach says Nadal resting for U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal will bounce back from his shock first-round exit at Wimbledon in time for the U.S. Open next month, his coach insisted on Thursday. The 27-year-old French Open champion suffered his earliest exit at a major when he was stunned by Belgium’s Steve ...

Unbeaten Hakuho alone at top

Jul 13, 2013

Unbeaten Hakuho alone at top

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato eased past winless No. 2 maegashira Gagamaru to score a morale-boosting victory on Friday, and yokozuna Hakuho put on a clinic to grab sole possession of the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Victory was just the tonic Kisenosato needed ...

Jul 13, 2013

Japan to play host to All Blacks

The world champion All Blacks will play Japan in Tokyo in November ahead of their European tour, officials said Friday. The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said the match would take place at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium on Nov. 2.

Jul 13, 2013

Ex-JLPGA star dies of heart attack

South Korean golfer Ku Ok-hee, a winner of 23 titles on the Japan LPGA Tour, died Wednesday after a heart attack at her home in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, the JLPGA said Friday. She was 56. The funeral is set to be held in South ...