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NRA looks to raise leak severity level

Aug 22, 2013

NRA looks to raise leak severity level

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority proposes raising the severity status of the recent radioactive water leak from a tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to level 3 from 1 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES).

Aug 22, 2013

Tepco caused suicide, wife tells court

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A suit opens against Tepco, with a Filipino woman from Fukushima Prefecture seeking about ¥126 million over the death of her Japanese husband, who committed suicide when his business faltered amid the nuclear plant crisis.

Oliver Stone warmed to Okinawans, fired up base foes

Aug 22, 2013

Oliver Stone warmed to Okinawans, fired up base foes

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On Aug. 13, a dozen anti-base demonstrators scuffled with police outside the gates of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, as marines watched from behind the fence cracking jokes and laughing. Such scenes occur daily in Okinawa, which is saddled with ...

Calculated move: Interest in 'soroban' picks up

Aug 22, 2013

Calculated move: Interest in 'soroban' picks up

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The “soroban,” Japan’s traditional abacus, is drawing renewed interest as a tool to promote the development of children’s mental capacities and to help fight dementia in the elderly. At a soroban class in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward, early elementary school children practice a mental calculation ...

PlayStation 4 to get jump in U.S.

Aug 22, 2013

PlayStation 4 to get jump in U.S.

Sony Corp. will start selling the PlayStation 4 in North America on Nov. 15, moving to obtain an early advantage in the largest video game market against Microsoft Corp. The $399 player, Sony’s first new console in seven years, will be available in Europe ...

Globe made of ostrich eggs may be oldest to show New World

Aug 22, 2013

Globe made of ostrich eggs may be oldest to show New World

An Austrian collector has found what may be the oldest globe, dated 1504, to depict the New World, engraved with immaculate detail on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs. The globe, about the size of a grapefruit, is labeled in Latin and includes what ...

Aug 22, 2013

Amendment 'needed' for shift on self-defense

It would be hard for the government to reinterpret the Constitution in order to drop its ban on collective self-defense without amending the war-renouncing charter, a new Supreme Court justice says.

Aug 22, 2013

Preparing for a massive quake

Sept. 1 is the 90th anniversary of Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. But how prepared are Tokyoites for the massive earthquake forecast to hit in the near future

Aug 22, 2013

Deadline for Fukushima victims

Victims of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster could lose their right to claim compensation by March unless the Diet extends a three-year statute of limitations.

Humans '95% likely' behind warming

Aug 22, 2013

Humans '95% likely' behind warming

It is all but certain that human activity has caused a steady increase in global temperatures over the past 60 years, leading to warmer oceans and an acceleration in rising sea levels, according to the most recent climate change report by an international U.N. ...

Spreading the word through manga

Aug 22, 2013

Spreading the word through manga

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Videos of anime conventions in America greet visitors to Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art at this summer’s “The Power of Manga — Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori” exhibition. Looped footage of attendants in cosplay at the Los Angeles Anime Expo and other similar events ...

After decades in the music biz, Kinjo goes solo

Aug 22, 2013

After decades in the music biz, Kinjo goes solo

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Okinawa is known for its climate, beaches and distinct culture, but its real hidden treasures are its female vocalists. Keiko Kinjo is one such treasure. It’s hard to stand out in such a crowded field, but she has been active for many years, performing ...

Britain's 'YBA' have moved on, but they still inspire

Aug 22, 2013

Britain's 'YBA' have moved on, but they still inspire

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In Ben Wheatley’s recent film “A Field in England,” a group of deserting soldiers fleeing the 17th-century English Civil War escape through a field of mushrooms, only to be captured by an alchemist and descend into a nightmare of both body and mind — ...

Dustin Wong's loops reach an 'Ecstatic' finale

Aug 22, 2013

Dustin Wong's loops reach an 'Ecstatic' finale

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Using just his six-string and a set of effect pedals, Tokyo-based guitarist Dustin Wong creates blissful symphonies of chirps and cascading arpeggios, shot through with searing leads and throbbing bass pulses. At times they recall the exuberant psychedelia of Animal Collective or the heady ...

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

Aug 22, 2013

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

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“Those voices makes me vomit! Too many people in one band is no good. It’s kind of scary. I feel like I’m suffering from car sickness all the time.” Sachiko Fukuda from noise-pop duo Umez is not a fan of AKB48. That didn’t stop ...

Buffaloes’ Kaneko one-hits Hawks

Aug 22, 2013

Buffaloes’ Kaneko one-hits Hawks

Chihiro Kaneko (10-7) lost his bid for a no-hitter in the eighth inning, but held on to throw a one-hitter on Wednesday as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 2-0. Yoshio Itoi opened the scoring with a third-inning RBI single, and Lee ...

Kashiwa held in first leg of ACL quarterfinal

Aug 22, 2013

Kashiwa held in first leg of ACL quarterfinal

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Kashiwa Reysol kept their unbeaten record in tact, but the Emperor’s Cup holders face a tough trip to Saudi Arabia next month after being held 1-1 by Al Shabab in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. Masato Kudo fired ...

Ichiro moves to brink of 4,000

Aug 22, 2013

Ichiro moves to brink of 4,000

The New York Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki moved within one of a career 4,000 hits after going 2-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Ichiro, who had 1,278 hits in nine seasons with the Orix BlueWave in ...