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NYK seeks deep-sea oil, gas as cargo ebbs

Aug 10, 2013

NYK seeks deep-sea oil, gas as cargo ebbs

by Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda

Nippon Yusen K.K. says development of deep-sea Brazilian oil and Australian gas will boost drill-ship and shuttle-tanker demand, helping the energy business post its first annual profit. The shipping line’s energy unit, excluding liquefied natural gas vessels, will report an operating profit of about ...

First talks with U.S. on TPP wrap up

Aug 10, 2013

First talks with U.S. on TPP wrap up

by Kazuaki Nagata

The first Japan-U.S. talks held in parallel with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade initiative ended Friday in Tokyo, setting the stage for further discussions on more specific issues. Since this was the inaugural round, the two sides basically stated their positions and tried to establish ...

Students form chain at Nagasaki monument

Aug 10, 2013

Students form chain at Nagasaki monument

On the 68th anniversary Friday of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 150 high school students formed a human chain around a monument set up at the epicenter of the blast, calling for world peace through the power of youth. “I strongly feel that atomic ...

Tohoku flooding leaves one dead

Aug 10, 2013

Tohoku flooding leaves one dead

At least eight houses were swept away by floods and at least one person died Friday as torrential rain hit parts of northern Japan, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue evacuation warnings. A 91-year-old woman died in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, following a landslide, according ...

Aug 10, 2013

A first: Nation's debt tops ¥1 quadrillion

The national debt exceeded ¥1 quadrillion for the first time, underscoring the case for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to proceed with a sales tax increase to shore up government finances. The country’s outstanding public debt, including borrowings, reached a record ¥1.08 quadrillion ($10.4 trillion) ...

New malaria vaccine type shows huge early promise

Aug 10, 2013

New malaria vaccine type shows huge early promise

A new kind of malaria vaccine that mimics the effect of mosquito bites has shown early promise by offering 100 percent protection to a dozen human volunteers, researchers said Thursday. The experimental vaccine, called PfSPZ and produced by the Maryland-based company Sanaria, contains live ...

The rise of al-Qaida's new point man

Aug 10, 2013

The rise of al-Qaida's new point man

When the Sept. 11, 2001, plot was hatched, Nasser al-Wahishi was Osama bin Laden’s personal assistant in Afghanistan. Half a decade later, he became the architect of the al-Qaida Yemeni affiliate that experts say poses the biggest terrorist threat to the United States. The ...

U.S. 'Facebook murderer' is held over slaying of wife

Aug 10, 2013

U.S. 'Facebook murderer' is held over slaying of wife

A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said Thursday. Derek Medina, 31, was being interviewed by detectives in Miami after turning himself in earlier ...

Aug 10, 2013

JAEA faces shakeup over Monju lapses

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency will be streamlined and possibly renamed in light of the flawed inspections last year at its troubled Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

Aug 10, 2013

Bank virus feared in 16,000 PCs

An estimated 16,000 computers in Japan may be infected with the same type of virus used to commit online bank fraud involving stolen user IDs and passwords, according to a police source. The National Police Agency said it handled around 600 confirmed cases of ...

Aug 10, 2013

Mr. Abe's constitutional runaround

Shinzo Abe's choice for Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief gives away his intention to seek a constitutional justification for Japan's right to "collective self-defense."

Aug 10, 2013

Prosecutors protect their own

The Supreme Public Prosecutors Office's second decision not to indict a former prosecutor accused of false reporting casts doubt on its in-house investigative ability.

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

Aug 10, 2013

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

by Kris Kosaka

In a poignant scene in the award-winning 2010 documentary “Atomic Mom,” filmmaker M.T. Silvia tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima atomic bombing victim, as she presents 1,000 paper cranes to Silvia’s mother, Pauline, a former U.S. Navy biologist involved in radiation testing ...

Aug 10, 2013

Seto places fourth in 200 IM at World Cup meet

Daiya Seto missed out on a golden double as he finished fourth in the men’s 200-meter individual medley on the final day of a short-course World Cup swim meet on Thursday. The 19-year-old Seto, who captured Japan’s only gold medal of the just-concluded world ...

All-around star Parker joins Wakayama Trians

Aug 10, 2013

All-around star Parker joins Wakayama Trians

by Ed Odeven

High-scoring forward Michael Parker, a bj-league star for six seasons, has reunited with ex-Shimane Susanoo Magic bench boss Zeljko Pavlicevic, the new Wakayama Trians head coach. Wakayama, previously called the Panasonic Trians during the team’s JBL days, has joined the National Basketball League, the ...