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'Evangelion Exhibition'

Jul 31, 2013

'Evangelion Exhibition'

by Alisa Yamasaki

The hit anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” has expanded its franchise far and wide since it was first aired in 1995, to include films, novels, comic books and plenty of merchandising. In anticipation of the final of its current film series, Matsuya Ginza is ...

Jul 31, 2013

High jumper Vlasic out of worlds

Croatia’s two-time world high jump champion Blanka Vlasic withdrew on Tuesday from next month’s world championships because of a painful foot. The 29-year-old, who missed last year’s Olympics because of repercussions from a poorly performed operation on an ankle, had shown she was returning ...

Jul 31, 2013

Toyota targets vehicle output of 10.1 million

Toyota Motor Corp. will raise its group global output target for 2013 to around 10.1 million vehicles from the initial 9.94 million as it expects strong sales both at home and abroad, sources said Wednesday. No automaker in the world has ever produced 10 ...

Jul 31, 2013

Nikkei declines ahead of key overseas events

Stocks fell Wednesday ahead of closely watched events overseas later in the week. The Nikkei 225 average closed down 201.50 points at 13,668.32. On Tuesday, the key market gauge soared 208.69 points to snap a four-session losing streak. The Topix dropped 16.83 points to ...

Jul 31, 2013

Japan eyes creation of U.S.-style NSC by year's end

The government plans to set up an institution similar to the U.S. National Security Council as early as year’s end to strengthen the leadership of the prime minister’s office in crafting long-term security policy for the changing security environment in East Asia, government sources ...

Jul 31, 2013

Tepco logs ¥437.9 billion April-June net profit

Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported Wednesday a group net profit of ¥437.93 billion for the April-June quarter, but fuel costs for thermal power generation to make up for the loss of atomic energy due to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant catastrophe that started ...

Jul 31, 2013

Softbank new leader in industry operating profit

Mobile phone carrier Softbank Corp. overtook longtime industry leader NTT DoCoMo Inc. for the first time in terms of first-quarter group operating profit, their April-June earnings reports show. For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, Softbank reported operating profit of ¥391 billion, up 92.3 ...

Jul 31, 2013

BOJ doubted inflation target effect in 2003: minutes

Bank of Japan Gov. Toshihiko Fukui opposed the introduction of an inflation target when he assumed the post in March 2003, expressing doubt that monetary policy could affect prices by influencing public sentiment, according to the minutes of a policy meeting covering January to ...

Jul 31, 2013

Hiking leader halted to help one member

The leader of the group of South Korean hikers that saw four of their comrades die earlier this week in the Central Alps had stopped to take care of a group member who fell sick, members said. The group started out with 20 participants ...

Jul 31, 2013

Dollar loses ground, falls under ¥98

The dollar softened below ¥98 in Tokyo trading Wednesday on the back of stock price falls and ahead of the announcement of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision and key U.S. economic data later in the day. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood ...

Jul 31, 2013

Chinese dismiss Japan auto brands

Japanese auto brands posted a significant decline in customer satisfaction in China among foreign automakers, after the Senkaku Islands dispute sparked nationwide protests last year. Japanese brands trailed their South Korean, American and European competitors, beating only Chinese nameplates in an annual industry survey ...

Jul 31, 2013

Ashikaga applies for TSE listing

The holding company of Ashikaga Bank, a regional lender once nationalized after falling into negative net worth, has applied for listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, sources said Wednesday. The listing of Ashikaga Holdings Co. may come by the end of this year, the ...

California city unveils memorial statue of Korean 'comfort woman'

Jul 31, 2013

California city unveils memorial statue of Korean 'comfort woman'

Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday at Glendale Central Park near Los Angeles to witness the unveiling of the first “comfort women” memorial on public property on the U.S. West Coast. Supporters, Glendale city officials and other community members attended the event on the sixth ...

Jul 31, 2013

Special outlays eyed in fiscal '14 to encourage growth

The government’s budget request guidelines for fiscal 2014 will provide for special outlays to implement the growth strategy adopted in June. The special outlays will mainly cover projects in medicine, agriculture and other areas with strong growth potential, a key component of Prime Minister ...

Jul 31, 2013

Obama may visit as early as spring

Tokyo and Washington are arranging for President Barack Obama to make an official visit to Japan possibly next spring for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on strengthening the bilateral alliance, government sources said Wednesday. It would be Obama’s first visit to Japan since ...