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Pizza Hut incensed by worker's dough-faced Twitter stunt

Aug 21, 2013

Pizza Hut incensed by worker's dough-faced Twitter stunt

A part-time worker at a Pizza Hut outlet in Tokyo uploaded a photo of himself on Twitter with pizza dough plastered all over his face in May, Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Ltd., which owns the pizza delivery chain, has revealed. The company apologized Monday, ...

ANA successor to AirAsia: Vanilla Air

Aug 21, 2013

ANA successor to AirAsia: Vanilla Air

After spending a month and a half sifting through 200 names for its new budget airline, ANA Holdings Inc. decided on the plainest one: Vanilla Air. “Vanilla is loved by everyone in the world,” Tomonori Ishii, president of the new airline based at Narita ...

Solar plane pilots eye globe, pitch Japan stop

Aug 21, 2013

Solar plane pilots eye globe, pitch Japan stop

by Seana K. Magee

Two Swiss pilots wowed a New York audience recently as they described their first cross-country flight and 2015 vision of circling the globe — with a possible stopover in Japan — on nothing but energy from the sun. Fresh off their successful two-month, 5,650-km ...

Texas Sen. Cruz vows to renounce Canadian citizenship

Aug 21, 2013

Texas Sen. Cruz vows to renounce Canadian citizenship

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship. “Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual ...

Recipe site whips up English version

Aug 21, 2013

Recipe site whips up English version

by Reiji Yoshida

Authentic recipes of homemade meals that are rarely tasted at Japanese restaurants are a subject of interest to many outsiders. For those who want to know what’s cooked daily in the kitchens of ordinary Japanese households and even want to know how to cook ...

ANA to upgrade attendants' status

Aug 21, 2013

ANA to upgrade attendants' status

All Nippon Airways Co. plans to stop hiring flight attendants on a contract basis and make all of them regular employees to secure quality workers to offer better services amid intensified competition.

Toxic puddles found near water tanks at Fukushima plant

Aug 21, 2013

Toxic puddles found near water tanks at Fukushima plant

Puddles of water with extremely high radiation levels have been found near water storage tanks on the premises of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, nuclear regulators and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday. The radiation level, measured around 50 ...

Mubarak could be released; Brotherhood leader arrested

Aug 21, 2013

Mubarak could be released; Brotherhood leader arrested

A court in Egypt grants bond to the country's former autocratic ruler, Hosni Mubarak, raising the prospect that he could be released from jail within days — potentially escalating the political crisis in the Arab world's most populous nation.

Aug 21, 2013

Care for A-bomb disease sufferers

The government should widen the scope of medical assistance to atomic bomb survivors and hasten efforts to ease the criteria for recognizing such survivors.

Aug 21, 2013

Minimum wage uptick

labor ministry advisory council recommends a 2 percent uptick in the minimum hourly wage to ¥763. But consumer price increases could offset the wage rise.

A big day out at the sumo

| Aug 21, 2013

A big day out at the sumo

by Jason Jenkins

They’re sweaty, they’re chubby and they love pushing each other around. But enough about the folks at my family reunion, let’s talk about sumo. This quintessentially Japanese sport is a lot of fun to witness with kids, and the Ryogoku neighborhood surrounding Tokyo’s Kokugikan ...

Aug 21, 2013

Athletics: Marathoner Yoshida to get longer ban

The Japan Sports Arbitration Agency on Tuesday announced it had accepted a plea by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency to have Japanese marathoner Kaori Yoshida’s suspension increased from one year to two. Yoshida tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) after finishing fourth at ...