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Fukushima inn gutted; one missing

Aug 31, 2013

Fukushima inn gutted; one missing

Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. The fire Thursday night left one employee missing and destroyed the Hakuunso “ryokan,” a traditional inn, ...

Panasonic churns out 100 millionth washing machine

Aug 31, 2013

Panasonic churns out 100 millionth washing machine

Panasonic Corp. has built its 100 millionth washing machine since starting production in 1951 under the leadership of founder Konosuke Matsushita. Its output of washing machines has accelerated since Panasonic started production in China in 1992, with the last 50 million being manufactured since ...

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

| Aug 31, 2013

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

The Toyohashi Velodrome in Aichi Prefecture has started a program to train professional female cyclists to drum up interest in the dying sport. The city hopes the women will base their activities in Toyohashi and increase the popularity of cycling to attract more spectators ...

Skype celebrates 10 years of shrinking the world

Aug 31, 2013

Skype celebrates 10 years of shrinking the world

by Peter Harmsen

If David Huang had left his native Taiwan for Sweden a generation ago, he would have taken a giant leap into the unknown. Now, with the help of Skype, the 35-year-old businessman is able to reach relatives from his Stockholm home as easily as ...

Kim Jong Un's ex reportedly executed

Aug 31, 2013

Kim Jong Un's ex reportedly executed

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s former girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, a South Korean paper has reported. The Chosun Ilbo daily on Thursday quoted sources in China as saying singer ...

Aug 31, 2013

Collider project needs consensus

Given its enormous financial cost, scientists and politicians must discuss the merits and demerits of hosting the ILC in Japan in a concrete and transparent manner before any final decision is made.

Aug 31, 2013

Smokestack emissions could produce energy

by Brian Palmer

If pollution had a mascot, it would be the smokestack. Do a Google image search for “pollution.” What do you see? A bunch of smokestacks with ominous gray clouds billowing out the top. It is a reasonable association to make. Smokestack emissions contain nasty ...

One Direction's new movie is a sign of the times

Aug 31, 2013

One Direction's new movie is a sign of the times

by Paul Morley

Those of us discreetly looking forward to a theatrically released film featuring One Direction were perhaps hoping for something more captivating and ingenious than a glorified electronic press kit. We wanted something that didn’t represent the depthless, scandal-mongering, narrow-minded, pleasure-seeking spirit of the times; ...

Aug 31, 2013

WBA orders Kameda to fight super champ Moreno

WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama and Japan’s regular bantamweight world champion Koki Kameda have been summoned to negotiate a mandatory fight for the outright championship of the division, the World Boxing Association said on its official Website. Both parties have until ...

Serbia spikers' size proves problematic for Japan at net

Aug 31, 2013

Serbia spikers' size proves problematic for Japan at net

The Serbia volleyball squad defeated Japan 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-19) on the third day of the FIVB Women’s World Grand Prix Finals at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center on Friday Serbia improved to 2-1 for six points and moved up to third in the standings. ...

| Aug 31, 2013

Taylor's gambling no laughing matter

by Christopher Davies

If Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, did the equivalent job in the National Football League he would not have been allowed to run up alleged gambling debts of £100,000 to a bookmaker. Taylor, whose £1,082,615 a year salary makes ...

Aug 31, 2013

Nagashima falls short of medal goal

Keita Nagashima was eliminated in the second round of the men’s 81-kg division as Japan failed to medal on the fourth day of action at the World Judo Championships on Thursday. The Japanese men’s hopes of striking a fourth gold medal in as many ...