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78 articles published/printed


Aug 01, 2013

Trillions for rebuilding Tohoku go unused

The Reconstruction Agency says that ¥3.4 trillion — 35.2 percent — of the ¥9.74 trillion in the fiscal 2012 budget slated to rebuild areas hit by the March 2011 disasters went unused.

California city unveils memorial statue of Korean 'comfort woman'

Aug 01, 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 ...

Panasonic profit up 8.4-fold due to shakeup

Aug 01, 2013

Panasonic profit up 8.4-fold due to shakeup

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday its group net profit for the April-June period increased 8.4-fold from a year earlier to ¥107.83 billion due mainly to positive effects of restructuring efforts and a one-off gain related to changes in its pension program. The struggling electronics maker ...

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

Aug 01, 2013

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

by Daisuke Yamamoto

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visits to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines last week underscores his government’s eagerness to forge closer ties with the fast-growing Southeast Asia region as part of efforts to revive Japan’s economy. Deepening cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

New America-Japan Society chief looks to expand

Aug 01, 2013

New America-Japan Society chief looks to expand

by Sayuri Daimon

It has a well-recognized name and more than a century of history. Many prominent figures from Japan and the United States have been involved in its efforts to nurture friendly ties between the two nations. But Ichiro Fujisaki, newly appointed president of the America-Japan ...

WikiLeaks' founder may be next target

| Aug 01, 2013

WikiLeaks' founder may be next target

The conviction of U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning on espionage charges Tuesday makes it increasingly likely that the United States will prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a co-conspirator, according to his attorney and other civil liberties groups. Judge Denise Lind, an army colonel, ...

Obama offers deal over taxes, jobs

Aug 01, 2013

Obama offers deal over taxes, jobs

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed spending more on creating jobs in exchange for an overhaul of business taxes. But the idea quickly devolved into the type of partisan finger-pointing that shows why any agreement will be so difficult. With great fanfare, Obama and ...

Can low-nicotine smokes end addiction?

Aug 01, 2013

Can low-nicotine smokes end addiction?

by Brady Dennis

Beverly Anusionwu, a smoker for three decades who favors Maverick menthols, was enticed to the small lab inside the University of Pittsburgh’s psychology department by an ad promising free cigarettes and a few bucks for her time. She spent a couple of hours on ...

Miura sets sights on another record, this one for skiing

Aug 01, 2013

Miura sets sights on another record, this one for skiing

Adventurer Yuichiro Miura, who in May became for the second time the oldest person to scale Mount Everest, now wants to become the oldest person to descend from the world’s “highest skiing point.” In an interview Sunday, the 80-year-old Miura said he hopes within ...

Escape plans in works for Fuji eruption

Aug 01, 2013

Escape plans in works for Fuji eruption

The Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Kanagawa prefectural governments are working out evacuation plans for a possible violent eruption of Mount Fuji, amid elation over the adding of Japan’s highest mountain to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage cultural sites. Mount Fuji, a 3,776-meter volcano, has erupted ...

Lincoln statue vandal suspect is Chinese national

Aug 01, 2013

Lincoln statue vandal suspect is Chinese national

Moments before District of Columbia police found Jiamei Tian hiding in a bathroom stall at Washington National Cathedral, a family of tourists had spotted her in a back pew of the Children’s Chapel guarding two bags and muttering softly in a foreign language. Tian’s ...

Manning cleared of aiding enemy charge

Aug 01, 2013

Manning cleared of aiding enemy charge

A military judge acquits Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy by disclosing a trove of secret U.S. government documents but finds him guilty of espionage, a mixed verdict that dealt a rebuke to military prosecutors who sought to prove that the largest leak in ...

Aug 01, 2013

Yet more Tepco incompetence

Tepco's late admission that radioactive groundwater from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant is leaking into the ocean raises questions about its abilities.

Aug 01, 2013

Bigger burden on households

A rising consumer price index won't do Japan's economic recovery much good if workers' wages remain stagnant. It will just increase the burden on households.

A year of tough choices at Fuji

| Aug 01, 2013

A year of tough choices at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

Wandering around on the opening day of this year’s Fuji Rock, I got the impression that numbers were down on previous years. Of course, anyone who has ever been stuck in the event’s seemingly never-ending lines for the portable toilets — or who’s been ...

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

Aug 01, 2013

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

by Mio Yamada

Standing in front of the largest work at the Dojima River Biennale, currently showing at the Dojima River Forum in Fukushima, Osaka, is a mesmerizing experience. A 10-meter-tall digital projection of an ethereal cascading waterfall, it glows mysteriously as its gentle rumbling permeates the ...

Understanding the fun side of Surrealism

Aug 01, 2013

Understanding the fun side of Surrealism

by C.B. Liddell

Part of the reason for the success of Surrealism in the 1920s and ’30s was its sexual dimension. This element, covered over by a veneer of respectable intellectualism, had a powerful attraction at a time when sexuality was much more circumscribed by social morality ...

Missed chances come back to haunt Marinos

Aug 01, 2013

Missed chances come back to haunt Marinos

Yokohama F. Marinos missed out on an excellent opportunity to move into second place after being held to a last-gasp 1-1 draw by Kashiwa Reysol on Wednesday. The J. League resumed after a two-week break for the East Asian Cup in South Korea as ...