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Aug 30, 2013

Gov't to introduce tax breaks to realize growth strategy

As part of its growth strategy, the administration plans to introduce a set of tax breaks to encourage companies to purchase new equipment and help hospitals and inns make their buildings more resilient to earthquakes. By also taking measures to bolster Japan’s industrial competitiveness, ...

Aug 30, 2013

Japan, Brazil eye meeting of leaders at G-20 summit in Russia

Japan and Brazil are working to arrange a meeting between their leaders on the fringes of the summit of the Group of 20 major economies in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 5, a Japanese government source said Friday. Tokyo hopes that Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Aug 30, 2013

Brunei TPP round ends in 'success'

Twelve Pacific Rim countries wrapped up the 19th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Brunei on Friday, saying they made progress on tariffs and other key issues while agreeing to hold more working-level talks in the coming weeks. During the nine-day round since ...

Aug 30, 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 30, 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. ...

Male hairdressers struggle in 'charisma boom' wake

Aug 30, 2013

Male hairdressers struggle in 'charisma boom' wake

by Tomoko Arima

Male hairdressers are having trouble surviving amid the so-called charisma boom their industry gave rise to around 2000. The boom, hyped by TV dramas and variety shows with charismatic hairdressers, prompted many young men to take up the profession. The number of newly licensed ...

New system to warn of extreme weather

Aug 30, 2013

New system to warn of extreme weather

The Meteorological Agency introduced a new system Friday for issuing alerts for extreme weather that could become “life-threatening.” The new system applies to powerful typhoons, torrential rain, tsunami, high waves, blizzards and potentially destructive winds. The system incorporates existing alerts for 3-meter tsunami or ...

Fukushima inn gutted; one missing

Aug 30, 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 30, 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 ...

Aug 30, 2013

Most unaware of government's position on Senkakus

The majority of the public is unaware of what Japan’s official position is on the Senkaku Islands — the center of a major territorial dispute with China, a government survey says. Japan’s position is no territorial dispute exists. Japan took control of the uninhabited ...

Aug 30, 2013

Spouses of dead Japanese from China may get aid

The ruling coalition is considering new financial support for the spouses of Japanese who resettled in Japan years after being abandoned in China after World War II ended, sources said. Under the plan being studied by the Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, ...

Aug 30, 2013

Japan, U.S. plan joint disaster drill

The Japanese and the United States forces plan to conduct a joint relief drill on Shikoku in October to prepare for the possibility of a massive earthquake, Japanese defense officials said. The drill will take place in Kochi Prefecture to prepare for the dreaded ...

Aichi city gambles on female cyclists

| Aug 30, 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 ...

| Aug 30, 2013

Foreigners invited to help carry festival shrines

The Nishinomiya City International Association is seeking foreigners who want to carry “mikoshi” portable shrines and board special boats during the Nishinomiya Festival on Sept. 23. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 6. The participation fee is ¥500. The participants will meet at 9 ...

Karatsu pursues cosmetics hub dream

Aug 30, 2013

Karatsu pursues cosmetics hub dream

The city of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, is aiming to build a cosmetics industry hub, taking a cue from Cosmetic Valley, an extensive cluster of plant growers, manufacturers and research facilities for makeup products spread around Paris. The idea for a Japanese version of the ...