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Locals stall $4 billion Indonesia power plant

Jul 20, 2013

Locals stall $4 billion Indonesia power plant

A $4 billion Japanese project to build a large coal-fired power station in Indonesia has hit a major snag due to opposition from local residents, sources revealed. Around 50 landowners are refusing to sell 40 hectares in total that would account for 20 percent ...

Jul 20, 2013

MHI hit for U.S. nuclear plant flaw

A California electric utility formally initiates a dispute with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. over defective steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which was retired early.

'Abenomics' needs more Thatcher: Marubeni chief

Jul 20, 2013

'Abenomics' needs more Thatcher: Marubeni chief

by Yuriy Humber

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should adopt policies similar to those used by former U.K. leader Margaret Thatcher to bring the world’s third-largest economy out of its “lost decades” funk, says Marubeni Corp. Chairman Teruo Asada. From a recession in 1981, the United Kingdom went ...

Jul 20, 2013

Panasonic, Sanyo fined $57 million for price-fixing

Panasonic and subsidiary Sanyo have each pleaded guilty to fixing prices for auto parts and battery cells in the United States and will pay $56.5 million in fines, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. A third company, South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd., also pleaded ...

Jul 20, 2013

Promises of reconstruction ring hollow in disaster areas

Masami Minato sees a wide gap between the commitments made by Upper House candidates to promote reconstruction in disaster-hit areas and what she has witnessed on the ground. “Every candidate talks about reconstruction, but local residents are frustrated because little progress has been made,” ...

Jul 20, 2013

Free study abroad prep in Kumamoto

by Masaaki Kameda

Kumamoto Prefecture will open a free cram school Sunday for junior high and high school students who want to enroll in universities overseas. “Students nowadays have options to attend universities abroad thanks to globalization,” said Makoto Kamei of the prefectural government’s private education promotion ...

Jul 20, 2013

Nagoya court rescinds deportation of resident's spouse

The Nagoya District Court on Thursday overruled a deportation order issued to an illegal Filipino resident and said he can stay in Japan with his family. The 34-year-old man entered Japan in March 2006 on a short-term visa but stayed after it expired. In ...

Jul 20, 2013

Novelist, translator Takahashi dies

Takako Takahashi, a novelist who explored the inner conflicts and unconscious drives of human beings, and who translated works of French Catholic writers, has died of heart failure, a supporter said. She was 81. Shortly after graduating in French literature from Kyoto University, she ...

Jul 20, 2013

Denso mulls tie-up with Sharp; Makita also eyes investment

Top car parts maker Denso Corp. is considering a business and capital tie-up with ailing electronics maker Sharp Corp. to reduce development and investment costs, a Denso executive said Friday. Denso, affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp., could invest several billion yen if it decides ...

Summer becomes mother of cool invention

Jul 20, 2013

Summer becomes mother of cool invention

Many people are desperately seeking ways to escape the summer heat, and businesses are cashing in with new services to help them cool down. A shaved ice machine at the hair salon Asai in Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture, whirs as owner Takanori Asai, 37, mixes ...

Jul 20, 2013

'Barefoot Gen' exhibition opens

An exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the start of an iconic manga about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, “Hadashi no Gen” (“Barefoot Gen”), began Friday at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The free exhibition through Sept. 1 showcases for the first time various ...

Major parties concerned about voter turnout

Jul 20, 2013

Major parties concerned about voter turnout

The big political parties are concerned about voter turnout for Sunday’s Upper House election and its impact on the eventual makeup of the Diet. Ruling and opposition parties believe interest in the election is weakening, as media reports have suggested the ruling coalition, led ...

Jul 20, 2013

Managers to get ¥100,000 incentive

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will pay a special bonus of ¥100,000 each to managers on Monday with the aim of preventing them from quitting, it was learned Friday. Tepco decided on the step after consulting the central government, although the payout may draw a ...

Jul 20, 2013

April-June GDP forecast faces upgrade to 3%

Economists are projecting that the economy grew at an annualized rate of around 3 percent in the three months to June, surpassing the government’s growth target for raising the consumption tax next April. The projections, offered in terms of inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, were ...

Jul 20, 2013

Dow, S&P 500 again break records

The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 closed at new record highs Thursday on robust corporate earnings reports and the latest reaffirmation of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s easy money policy. The Dow rose 78.02, or 0.50 percent, to finish at ...

Jul 20, 2013

Ex-CIA, NSA chief Hayden says Huawei spies for China

Michael Hayden, the former head of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, said Friday it “goes without saying” that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei spies for Beijing. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Hayden claimed China is engaged in unrestricted espionage against the West and ...

Australia now closed to asylum seekers: Rudd

Jul 20, 2013

Australia now closed to asylum seekers: Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday announced that no more boat people will be resettled in Australia and all unauthorized arrivals will be sent to poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea. “From now on, any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no ...

Jul 20, 2013

Giant viruses to open 'Pandora's box'?

These viruses are so big they might just be your ancestors. Two newly discovered viruses are twice as large as the previous record-holders and may represent a completely new life form, French scientists reported in the U.S. journal Science. Researchers say they were “extremely ...

Traces of torched paintings found in Dutch heist probe

Jul 20, 2013

Traces of torched paintings found in Dutch heist probe

Romanian experts sifting through ashes that could contain charred debris of masterpieces stolen from a Dutch museum have identified fragments typical of burnt oil paintings, the museum carrying out the analysis said Thursday. In a bid to destroy evidence, the mother of Romanian heist ...

Renewed crackdown targets Iran's dog lovers

| Jul 20, 2013

Renewed crackdown targets Iran's dog lovers

by Mitra Amiri

Iran is again cracking down on people with pet dogs, viewed as unclean in Islam, but Soroush Mobaraki says sales are booming despite fears the pooches might be “arrested” and the owners fined. Sitting in the small Tehran pet shop he owns, the veterinary ...

Jul 20, 2013

Warfare among hunter-gatherers rare: study

Warfare was uncommon among hunter-gatherers, and killings among nomadic groups were often due to competition for women or interpersonal disputes, researchers in Finland said Thursday. Their study in the U.S. journal Science suggests that the origins of war were not — as some have ...

'Improving' Mandela turns 95 in hospital

Jul 20, 2013

'Improving' Mandela turns 95 in hospital

Former President Nelson Mandela entered a seventh week in hospital Friday, the day after his 95th birthday was marked by millions of people around the world, heartened by news that the anti-apartheid icon is showing signs of improvement. Ndileka Mandela said Thursday that her ...

Jul 20, 2013

Bodies collected after Guinea clashes

Volunteers continued the grim task of collecting bodies from the streets in southern Guinea on Thursday after ethnic clashes that left dozens burned alive or hacked to death with machetes. More than 50 bodies have been identified after violence broke out in the southern ...

Jul 20, 2013

1.1 million killed in Brazil since '80

More than 1 million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, making it the world’s seventh most violent country, a survey showed Thursday. During the period, homicides soared 132 percent to claim 1,145,208 lives, from a rate of 11.5 murders for 100,000 ...

Jul 20, 2013

Cameroon hit over gay activist death

Lawyers acting for a gay-rights campaigner murdered in Cameroon accused police Thursday of failing to carry out basic procedures that would have helped to catch his killers. Eric Lembembe’s body was discovered in the capital of Yaounde on Monday. His neck had been broken ...

Jul 20, 2013

Journalist named in Gallagher suit

New York’s tabloids Thursday identified journalist Liza Ghorbani as the woman who has gone to court claiming that Liam Gallagher is the father of her daughter. Ghorbani, 39, had an on-off affair with the former Oasis frontman after interviewing him for The New York ...

Jul 20, 2013

Biden won't rule out bid for top job

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden raised the possibility of a fresh tilt at the White House in 2016 in an interview with GQ magazine published Thursday. The 70-year-old former senator, who has already made two unsuccessful bids for the presidency, in 1988 and 2008, ...

Jul 20, 2013

Britain 'not ready' for heat wave

Britain was sweltering Thursday in its first prolonged heat wave in seven years as the deputy prime minister warned that the country is simply “not ready for this.” Britain experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday, with thermometers hitting 32.2 ...

Jul 20, 2013

France passes banking reforms

France on Thursday adopted banking reforms aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis but critics said it fell short of promises by President Francois Hollande to get tough on bankers. The Senate on Thursday approved the law, which will force France’s ...

Jul 20, 2013

Terrorist suspect freed in France

French authorities on Thursday released from custody a Norwegian extremist who was detained on suspicion of plotting a “major terrorist act,” a judicial source said. Kristian Vikernes, 40, was detained together with his French wife Tuesday but investigators found no evidence of a terror ...

Milan Expo 2015 welcomes Japan's participation

| Jul 20, 2013

Milan Expo 2015 welcomes Japan's participation

On July 18, the Embassy of Italy held a signing ceremony for Japan’s participation in the next scheduled Universal Exposition, which will be held in Milan in 2015. Prior to the signing, Italian Ambassador Domenico Giorgi said that Japan’s participation will further deepen the ...

Jul 20, 2013

JAL 787 returns to Boston to check fuel pump alert

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 that left Boston for Tokyo on Thursday returned because of a potential fuel pump problem, the carrier said, dismissing concerns that the planes were facing a new crisis. The high-tech Dreamliner has encountered a spate of problems since resuming ...

Jul 20, 2013

Low wages hindering recovery

Wage realities suggest that Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's positive assessment of the economy serves as a political boon for the Abe Cabinet.

Jul 20, 2013

Raw sewage makes summer swimming hazardous in New York's Hudson

New Yorkers and tourists tempted to cool off during the current heat wave by plunging into the Hudson River have been warned: It has never been more dangerous. Researchers at Columbia University reported Thursday that antibiotic-resistant bacteria is widespread in the river that flows ...

Jul 20, 2013

Amazon deforestation up sharply, group says

Deforestation has soared in the Brazilian Amazon since a new forestry code was passed last year at the urging of the agribusiness lobby, a nonprofit environmental group said Thursday. Between August 2012 and last month, 1,838 sq. km of forest were lost, a 103 ...

| Jul 20, 2013

Foreigners invited to Toyonaka Bon festival

Foreigners are welcome to experience the traditional “bon odori” folk dance in Toyonaka, Osaka, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 30. Participation is free and participants need to bring socks. Only 15 people will be accepted and reservations must be made by ...

| Jul 20, 2013

The influence of sports on meditation

by Amy Chavez

“Running meditation.” It’s almost a cliché. Many people describe their running activity as a form of meditation. There are even articles that will teach you “how to meditate while running.” The Tendai-shu monks of Mount Hiei in Kyoto do a walking meditation, called jogyozanmai ...

Hakuho clinches title

Jul 20, 2013

Hakuho clinches title

Bruised but far from broken, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho defeated Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu to clinch his 26th Emperor’s Cup with two days to spare at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. The hardware was put on a plate for Hakuho after Aoiyama, the only ...

Jul 20, 2013

Okazaki debuts in preseason match

New signing Shinji Okazaki earned a first-half penalty in his debut for Mainz on Thursday as the Bundesliga outfit thrashed Dutch first-division club Groningen 4-0 in a preseason friendly. The Japan international, who joined up with his new team on Saturday, started on the ...

Jul 20, 2013

FINA may move '17 championships

The 2017 world swimming championships to be held in Guadalajara may be moved to another city in Mexico, FINA said on Thursday. “In principle, it is Guadalajara but we don’t know yet. We will know definitively in some months,” said Julio Maglione, president of ...