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Aug 17, 2013

Japan to join two major free trade sessions in Brunei, on TPP, RCEP

Japan will participate in two major free trade meetings in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, this week — a ministerial session Monday to further the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal and another from Thursday to Friday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact. The TPP session ...

Kyoto fireworks festival blast probed

Aug 17, 2013

Kyoto fireworks festival blast probed

The explosion that ripped through a row of food stalls at a summer fireworks festival in Kyoto Prefecture and left 59 people injured may have been caused by a stall operator gassing up a running generator.

Aug 17, 2013

Court schedules Oct. 3-10 auction of Chongryon HQ

The Tokyo District Court will invite bids from Oct. 3 to 10 for the building and land in Tokyo that was the headquarters of the pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon, after the winner in the previous auction couldn’t come up with the money, sources said Friday. ...

Aug 17, 2013

Low initial goal eyed for next TPP round

Japan plans to initially present a less ambitious trade liberalization goal in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, Akira Amari, minister in charge of TPP issues, suggested Thursday. The negotiations will start with low numbers, Amari said at a news conference after he and other Cabinet ministers ...

Aug 17, 2013

Aussie casino mogul looks to Japan

Australian tycoon James Packer said Friday he wants to expand his gaming empire into the lucrative Japanese market in the form of resort casinos to tap the country’s love of gambling. The mogul, who operates casinos in Melbourne, Perth and Macau and is planning ...

Aug 17, 2013

Police Congo-bound to probe fire

Tokyo police officers left Narita airport Friday for the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate a fire in June at the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa. The team, including 15 officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigation Division and Criminal Identification Division, will conduct ...

Skytree proves boon to water buses

Aug 17, 2013

Skytree proves boon to water buses

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It’s easy to make your way around Tokyo on the subways, buses and trains that cover the capital like a spider web. But not many people know about another way to get around — water buses. Also known as water taxis, their popularity has ...

Aug 17, 2013

Four Chinese vessels intrude near Senkakus

Four Chinese Coast Guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters Friday near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said. Junichi Ihara, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, lodged a protest with a senior diplomat at ...

Aug 17, 2013

Japan to ask H.K. to lift food import ban

Japan plans to appeal to Hong Kong to lift its ban on imports of Japanese foods from regions affected by the nuclear disaster that started two years ago, a Tokyo government official said Thursday on the opening day of an annual food fair. Last ...

Aug 17, 2013

Haneda consistently world's best for on-time departures

Tokyo’s Haneda has kept its top spot for five straight months to July among the world’s busiest airports for on-time departure performance, according to a report released by the U.S. website FlightStats.com providing global flight and airport information. The latest report, which surveyed on-time ...

Biden to meet with Abe in fall

Aug 17, 2013

Biden to meet with Abe in fall

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is likely to visit Japan in the fall for a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a government source said Friday. The trip will likely take place in October or November, the source said. During a meeting meant to ...

Aug 17, 2013

Kishida to tour Chernobyl, Hungary

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to make a six-day trip from Thursday to Ukraine and Hungary, including a visit to Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear accident, in a bid to apply post-disaster work there to recovery efforts at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 ...

Aug 17, 2013

Top firms' sales rise 8%, profits up 43%

Combined group sales at major Japanese nonfinancial firms in April-June rose 8 percent from a year before, producing 42.9 percent growth in pretax profit, a Jiji Press poll revealed Thursday. The firms project a 27.5 percent increase in pretax profit for the full fiscal ...

Aug 17, 2013

Security talks with Gulf trio eyed

The government plans to launch bilateral security talks with Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar to ensure stable supplies of crude oil and other fossil fuels, sources said. Japan is expected to reach agreements with the three Persian Gulf nations when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits ...

Viacom to let Sony stream its programs

Aug 17, 2013

Viacom to let Sony stream its programs

Sony Corp. has reached a preliminary accord to stream cable television programming from Viacom Inc. over the Internet to TVs, game consoles and Blu-ray players, a source said. Under the deal, Sony would use the Web to deliver shows such as “SpongeBob SquarePants” and ...

Deadly postwar bomb blast almost forgotten

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Deadly postwar bomb blast almost forgotten

On Sept. 5, 1945, weeks after World War II had ended, an unexploded bomb went off on the coast of the Otani district in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, killing seven children. This tragic incident, occurring in a small village in the chaotic days just after ...

Foreign colleges feel globalization-excluded

Aug 17, 2013

Foreign colleges feel globalization-excluded

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As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pursues deregulation, the “third arrow” of his “Abenomics” economic plan, Temple University’s Japan campus is closely watching to see if he will create a more favorable situation for foreign schools here by granting them the same tax perks and ...

U.S. deems HH-60Gs safe, resumes flights

Aug 17, 2013

U.S. deems HH-60Gs safe, resumes flights

The U.S. Air Force resumed flights of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter in Okinawa on Friday, saying they had found no abnormalities in other choppers of the same type following a fatal accident last week. The cause of the Aug. 5 crash, which occurred ...

Conrad Black's U.S. legal war ends in $4.1 million fine

Aug 17, 2013

Conrad Black's U.S. legal war ends in $4.1 million fine

Fallen media baron Conrad Black’s last battle with U.S. prosecutors has ended with a $4.1 million fine and a ban on him leading public companies, securities officials said Thursday. Black returned to Canada last year after serving 37 months behind bars in the United ...

Aug 17, 2013

Big quake jolts cities across New Zealand

A powerful earthquake rattled major cities across New Zealand on Friday, sending terrified office workers fleeing as central Wellington shook “like jelly,” but authorities reported no major damage. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at 2:31 p.m. near an area where a series of temblors occurred ...

Aug 17, 2013

Bodies found in Indian sub; survivors 'unlikely'

India’s navy on Friday retrieved three badly burned bodies from a submarine that exploded in a Mumbai dockyard and said it was unlikely any of the other 15 missing crewmen would be found alive. The diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak sank in a military dockyard early ...

Abbott unveils tough policy for refugees

Aug 17, 2013

Abbott unveils tough policy for refugees

Tony Abbott, the conservative front-runner who looks set to become Australia’s next prime minister, declared that “this is our country” as he unveiled a tough new temporary visa policy Friday that would strip boat people of basic rights. Abbott, who opinion polls show is ...

Pakistani gunman wounded after police standoff

Aug 17, 2013

Pakistani gunman wounded after police standoff

Pakistani police snipers shot and seriously wounded a gunman who was tackled live on television by a politician during a dramatic standoff close to Islamabad’s high-security political quarter. The man, who was with his wife and children as he issued demands for the imposition ...

Flying reptiles that weren't so scary after all

Aug 17, 2013

Flying reptiles that weren't so scary after all

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For most of us, “pterodactyls” are large, vicious and ugly gargoyles with leathery wings and jaws lined with savage teeth, the sort of disreputable brutes we find in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” the “Jurassic Park” franchise — even a recent episode of ...

Aug 17, 2013

Mr. Abe's mistaken war speech

Shinzo Abe's revisionist views toward Japanese history, implied by what he didn't say in his Aug. 15 speech, is likely to deepen international suspicions about Japan.

Aug 17, 2013

Repairing Tokyo-Seoul ties

One year since South Korea's president set foot on the disputed Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan, the chilly Seoul-Tokyo relationship shows no signs of improving.

Aug 17, 2013

The shadow from Yasukuni

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Just as Japanese conservatives are taken to task for refusing to acknowledge their country's colonial horrors, so China would do well to expand discussion of its own history.

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Nara temple to hold annual Jizoe ceremony

Gangoji Temple in Nara will hold its annual Jizoe ceremony next Friday and Saturday. Such ceremonies are held for the repose of ancestors and to pray for global peace, the prosperity of families and good health for their children. During the event from 5 ...

| Aug 17, 2013

What being a minority allows us to see

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Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before — many times. Someone called your child hafu (half) and you take offence. Or your contract is only one-year renewable, whereas your Japanese coworkers have “lifetime employment.” Or maybe someone called you a gaijin as you walked ...

| Aug 17, 2013

Some words of self-introduction

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Ask what’s good about life in Japan and answers always vary. One foreign resident’s passion is often another’s poison and you can count on similar divergence with what makes Japan difficult. Language, commuter trains, high costs, big bugs — everyone has their own particular ...

Aug 17, 2013

Knicks sign ex-Tokyo Apache big man Tyler

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Jeremy Tyler made a positive impression during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last month, playing for the New York Knicks. That prompted Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald to offer Tyler, a former Tokyo Apache forward/center, a contract for the 2013-14 season. The ...

Bulgaria spikers sweep Japan in FIVB World Grand Prix

Aug 17, 2013

Bulgaria spikers sweep Japan in FIVB World Grand Prix

Bulgaria handed Japan its first defeat of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix, edging the hosts 25-23, 25-23, 31-29 at Sendai City Gymnasium on Friday. The match marked the first meeting between the nations in the World Grand Prix and the first time the ...

Bolt coasts through 200m heat at worlds

Aug 17, 2013

Bolt coasts through 200m heat at worlds

Usain Bolt took it easy Friday on his way to another three gold medals at the world championships, breezing through the heats of the 200 meters to set him up for No. 2. The 100 champion eased up with 60 meters to go, looked ...

Kenya's Kemboi reigns again with stirring steeplechase win

Aug 17, 2013

Kenya's Kemboi reigns again with stirring steeplechase win

Kenyan showman Ezekiel Kemboi won his third 3,000-meter steeplechase world title in convincing style at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday night. The 31-year-old two-time Olympic champion timed 8 minutes, 6.01 seconds to take the gold medal, while compatriot Conseslus Kipruto earned the silver ...