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Jul 17, 2013

Utility seeks to overturn reactor ban

Japan Atomic Power files a petition to revoke the Nuclear Regulation Authority's instruction to assess how spent-fuel assemblies would be affected by movement in a fault that runs under one of its reactors at the Tsuruga nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Jul 17, 2013

Panama seizes suspect North Korea ship

President Ricardo Martinelli says the captain of a North Korean ship tried to kill himself after the vessel was stopped en route from Cuba and found to have suspected missile material on board.

Strains to gradually ebb: Chinese scholar

Jul 17, 2013

Strains to gradually ebb: Chinese scholar

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A leading Chinese expert on Japanese affairs is predicting a gradual improvement in relations between Asia’s two biggest economies after this Sunday’s Upper House election, regardless of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hawkish political beliefs. “It is welcoming for China that there will be political ...

World court hearings on Japanese whaling draw to an end

Jul 17, 2013

World court hearings on Japanese whaling draw to an end

The world court on Tuesday concluded hearings on a case brought by Australia to stop Japan’s research whaling in the Antarctic . This is the first case at the International Court of Justice involving Japan as a litigant. The Hague-based U.N. court is expected ...

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

Jul 17, 2013

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

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Two Florida towns, 200 km apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense. George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood watch commander, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted by a jury that apparently concluded he was in fear for his life. ...

Mugabe won't let age deny him poll win

Jul 17, 2013

Mugabe won't let age deny him poll win

After 33 years in power, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is back on the campaign trail, where his advancing years are subtly starting to show. Zimbabweans will go to the polls on July 31 to elect a president. One name, a permanent feature on ballot ...

Femen-inspired stamp causes stir

Jul 17, 2013

Femen-inspired stamp causes stir

A new stamp emblazoned with the face of Marianne, France’s revolutionary symbol, has caused a stir after its creator said it was inspired by a Ukrainian feminist known for topless protests. The stamp, unveiled by President Francois Hollande on Sunday’s national day, shows the ...

California rice farmers see golden opportunity in TPP

Jul 17, 2013

California rice farmers see golden opportunity in TPP

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California rice farmer Charley Matthews Jr. remembers the excitement when Japan first started buying rice from the United States in 1993. “It really helped rice prices here,” Matthews, chairman of the California Rice Commission, said. It was also the beginning of a learning experience ...

U.K. mayor wants to close Heathrow

Jul 17, 2013

U.K. mayor wants to close Heathrow

London Mayor Boris Johnson said he will submit plans to close the British capital’s Heathrow Airport on the grounds that it’s too noisy and replace it with a four-runway hub in one of three locations east or north of the city. The government could ...

Pick peaks within your ability, climbers urged

Jul 17, 2013

Pick peaks within your ability, climbers urged

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Now that it’s summer climbing season, police and rescue teams are urging potential climbers to choose mountains and routes appropriate for their ability and strength amid an increase in mountain accidents. The National Police Agency said 2,465 people were involved in mountain accidents last ...

Red Brick Resort 2013; Cheer on Tokyo for 2020

| Jul 17, 2013

Red Brick Resort 2013; Cheer on Tokyo for 2020

EVENTS Red Brick Resort 2013 Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse will hold the Red Brick Resort 2013 campaign in which the open space between the complex’s two brick buildings will turn into a summer-resort-themed square, from Aug. 1 to 25. The venue will be set ...

Jul 17, 2013

TSE merger with Osaka bourse up, running

The Tokyo and Osaka bourses integrated the trading of shares Tuesday at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, making it the world’s third-largest exchange by number of listed companies. Japan Exchange Group Inc., created this year through the merger of the operating companies of the TSE ...

Myanmar 'to free all political prisoners'

Jul 17, 2013

Myanmar 'to free all political prisoners'

Myanmar President Thein Sein said Monday that all political prisoners would be freed by the end of the year and that a ceasefire with ethnic groups was possible within weeks. The former junta general’s comments, made during his first visit to London, appear to ...

Jul 17, 2013

Repairing ties with Beijing and Seoul

More than a half year after the inauguration of the Abe Cabinet, Japan’s bilateral relations with China and South Korea remain chilly. South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with U.S. President Barack Obama in early May in Washington. Although South Korean leaders traditionally follow ...

Jul 17, 2013

Few feeling the economic recovery

The Bank of Japan on July 11 upgraded its assessment of the Japanese economy for the seventh straight month and said that it is “starting to recover moderately” on the strength of various economic indexes turning upward, including improving business sentiment and steady consumer ...

Jul 17, 2013

Returning to Egypt's preferable state of tyranny

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Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi knows neither Thomas Jefferson’s advice that “great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities” nor the description of Martin Van Buren as a politician who “rowed to his object with muffled oars.” Having won just 52 percent of ...

Jul 17, 2013

Of spies and whistleblowers

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Edward Snowden, a former contractor to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, has been trapped in the transit lounge of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow for the past two weeks, while the United States government strives mightily to get him back in its clutches. Recently it ...

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

Jul 17, 2013

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

The iconic, 3,776-meter-high Mount Fuji may violently erupt if a major earthquake were to rip open its magma chamber, according to a team of researchers. The researchers include those from the state-run National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, or AIST. Mount Fuji, ...

Aquariums offer summer escape

| Jul 17, 2013

Aquariums offer summer escape

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This past Monday was Marine Day in Japan. Aside from creating a much-appreciated three-day weekend, the role of the holiday is to encourage people to reflect on the integral role the ocean plays in Japan’s history. So, what better time to visit an aquarium? ...

| Jul 17, 2013

Gauging offseason moves in the NFL

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In this age of overlapping pro sports seasons, the MLB All-Star Game is more than just a sign the baseball campaign has reached its halfway point. The Midsummer Classic is now also our annual heads-up that NFL training camps are just around the corner. ...

Jul 17, 2013

J.League rejects proposal for return to two-stage season

The J. League rejected a plan to return to a two-stage format for the 2014 season, the league’s business director said Tuesday. “If you try to force something on people, you’re going to lose something in the process,” said Daisuke Nakanishi, the director of ...

Hakuho posts second 40-match win streak

Jul 17, 2013

Hakuho posts second 40-match win streak

Yokozuna Hakuho compiled the second 40-bout winning streak of his career on Tuesday, when he defeated sekiwake Myogiryu on the 10th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. After a brief tussle, Hakuho flung his opponent down and his exaggerated ...