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Panel probes Monju geologic faults

Jul 18, 2013

Panel probes Monju geologic faults

A team of experts appointed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority starts a two-day investigation on the activity of geologic faults running beneath the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

Fujino wins Akutagawa award; Sakuragi gets Naoki prize

Jul 18, 2013

Fujino wins Akutagawa award; Sakuragi gets Naoki prize

The selection committees for two prestigious awards for Japanese literature selected Kaori Fujino as winner of the Akutagawa award and Shino Sakuragi as laureate of the Naoki prize on Wednesday. Fujino, 33, won the 149th award for her work “Tsume to Me” (“Nails and ...

Nagoya hosts rare goldfish in first-of-its-kind display

Jul 18, 2013

Nagoya hosts rare goldfish in first-of-its-kind display

Three distinctive Japanese goldfish species, “jikin,” “izumo-nankin” and “tosakin,” were put on display at a special exhibition in Nagoya on Wednesday — the first time the three have been shown together, organizers said. Jikin, found in Aichi Prefecture, izumo-nankin, from Shimane Prefecture and tosakin, ...

Canyoning makes a splash in Gunma

Jul 18, 2013

Canyoning makes a splash in Gunma

Foreign tourists are making their way to Minakami, a town in Gunma Prefecture where a New Zealander, charmed by the nature there, promotes canyoning expeditions in English. “Tone River’s torrents are world-class,” said Mike Harris, an outdoor adventure guide from New Zealand who provides ...

Syria exodus 'worst since Rwanda'

Jul 18, 2013

Syria exodus 'worst since Rwanda'

Each month, 5,000 people are dying in Syria’s civil war — which has now generated the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, U.N. officials said Tuesday. A host of top officials called on the divided U.N. Security Council to take stronger action ...

Pluralism Japan's answer: immigration expert

Jul 18, 2013

Pluralism Japan's answer: immigration expert

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Japan’s leaders need to confront the reality of the rapidly thinning labor force and acknowledge that a more ethnically pluralistic society can help ward off the looming demographic crisis, a British expert on immigration policy says. “I profoundly believe that (Japan) can’t function as ...

Jul 18, 2013

NEC mulls quitting smartphone market

NEC Corp. considers withdrawing from its money-losing smartphone business due to deadlocked negotiations with Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd. on integrating their mobile phone units.

Jul 18, 2013

Japan to settle suit with ward who wants to vote

The government has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by an Ibaraki woman under guardianship who wants to exercise her right to vote, following talks with the woman, internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo announced. The government plans to announce details of the settlement after ...

Jul 18, 2013

When is a coup not a coup?

Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his kind no doubt realize by now that "50 percent of the vote plus 1" is not a license to govern as they please.

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic ocean sanctuary

Jul 18, 2013

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic ocean sanctuary

Russia on Tuesday blocked attempts by Western countries to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica, green groups said. The Russian representative questioned the legal right of a meeting in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, to declare such a haven, according to organizations at the ...

The different brush strokes of Tani Buncho

Jul 18, 2013

The different brush strokes of Tani Buncho

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The latest exhibition at the Suntory Museum of Art commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tani Buncho — a painter, connoisseur and art historian of formidable energy and with an insatiable drive for knowledge. Of samurai lineage, Buncho underwent foundational art training ...

Silence is a virtue for Tokyo's Flau

Jul 18, 2013

Silence is a virtue for Tokyo's Flau

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Back when he still worked as a speech therapist and audiologist, Yasuhiko Fukuzono used to observe an interesting phenomenon. When deaf patients were fitted out with hearing aids for the first time, they complained that everything was just noise. “Even when they were at ...

Renato lifts Frontale with late goal against Ardija

Jul 18, 2013

Renato lifts Frontale with late goal against Ardija

Omiya Ardija succumbed to an injury-time 3-2 defeat at home to Kawasaki Frontale and surrendered top spot to champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League on Wednesday night. Renato scored from the penalty spot to snatch all three points for Kawasaki in the fifth ...

Hakuho moves closer to 26th Emperor's Cup

Jul 18, 2013

Hakuho moves closer to 26th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho extended his consecutive wins streak to 41 and pulled two clear of the field heading into the homestretch at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu and Brazilian maegashira Kaisei both fell to their second losses and Hakuho (11-0) capitalized ...

Brazell smacks two HRs as Marines maul Hawks

Jul 18, 2013

Brazell smacks two HRs as Marines maul Hawks

New acquisition Craig Brazell hit a pair of impressive home runs and journeyman lefty Takuya Furuya had a solid outing as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 7-3 on a rainy Wednesday night. Furuya (2-1), who came within one strike of ...