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52 articles published/printed


Defense firms pushing to boost role

| Aug 13, 2013

Defense firms pushing to boost role

by Eric Johnston

With pressure mounting from U.S. defense officials and the powerful Keidanren business group on the government to relax arms export restrictions, the military-industrial lobbies in Washington and Tokyo hope the future bilateral security relationship will incorporate their interests more robustly. At the same time, ...

Film depicts Okinawans' fight against Ospreys

Aug 13, 2013

Film depicts Okinawans' fight against Ospreys

by Mika Kurokawa

“The Targeted Village,” a documentary on the fight by Okinawa residents against the deployment of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft at the Futenma air base, is showing in Tokyo theaters. Released Saturday, the 91-minute film is based on an award-winning TV program produced by ...

Victims mourned on 28th anniversary of JAL jet crash

Aug 13, 2013

Victims mourned on 28th anniversary of JAL jet crash

About 350 relatives of the victims of the 1985 crash of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 climbed near the crash site on Mount Osutaka in Gunma Prefecture Monday to mark the 28th anniversary of the nation’s worst air disaster, which claimed 520 lives. Bound ...

Tie maker's founder got early start

Aug 13, 2013

Tie maker's founder got early start

by Satoshi Toi

Aya Ohzeki was still just a 17-year-old high school student when she founded her necktie company. “A company will go down if it fails to earn money, so it’s important to try to keep creating something special and unique that no one else can ...

South Korea in grip of power crisis

Aug 13, 2013

South Korea in grip of power crisis

South Korea ordered government offices to turn off their air conditioning as two power plants shut down Monday, a day after a minister warned of an imminent national energy crisis. The Dangjin III plant, with a capacity of 500,000 kw, was taken offline by ...

Aug 13, 2013

Japan's April-June GDP grows, affecting tax hike decision

The economy grew an annualized real 2.6 percent in the three months through June with consumption and exports recuperating, the government said Monday, possibly further swaying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s fall decision on whether to raise the 5 percent sales tax to 8 percent ...

Aug 13, 2013

Behind the dip in the jobless rate

Additional jobs in medical and nursing care services helped to lower Japan's overall unemployment rate to below 4 percent for the first time since October 2008.

Aug 13, 2013

End inheritance discrimination

Japan's Supreme Court is urged to hand down a ruling that will lead to ending the discrimination against illegitimate children when inheritances are bequeathed.

Yamanaka romps to fourth title defense

Aug 13, 2013

Yamanaka romps to fourth title defense

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka made this one look so easy, he had to apologize to fans afterwards for them not getting their money’s worth. Yamanaka stunned Jose Nieves of Puerto Rico with a flurry of punches before sending the eighth-ranked challenger crashing to ...