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Novelist Yamasaki, champion of social issues, dies at 88

Sep 30, 2013

Novelist Yamasaki, champion of social issues, dies at 88

Noted Japanese writer Toyoko Yamasaki, whose novels helped raise public awareness of social issues, died of heart failure Sunday morning. She was 88. Yamasaki, whose real name was Toyoko Sugimoto, had begun writing a serial novel about the Maritime Self-Defense Force for Shukan Shincho ...

Sep 30, 2013

Seven Bank acquires ATM unit of Global Axcess

Kyodo Seven & i Holdings Co.’s banking unit Seven Bank said Monday it has acquired the automated teller machine business owned by Global Axcess Corp. of the United Sates for about $11 million (about ¥1.07 billion) to strengthen its ATM business in the country. ...

Blanco homers twice as BayStars down Swallows

Sep 30, 2013

Blanco homers twice as BayStars down Swallows

Tony Blanco homered twice to drive in five runs, powering the Yokohama BayStars to a 6-3 win over the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Monday night. Yakult’s Wladimir Balentien extended his Japanese single-season record to 59 homers with a two-out solo blast that gave ...

Another challenge awaits Rakuten

| Sep 30, 2013

Another challenge awaits Rakuten

by Jason Coskrey

Clinching the Pacific League pennant a little early gave the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles a chance to really enjoy the moment. Ace Masahiro Tanaka, 22-0 this season, was on the mound for the last inning of the PL pennant race on Sept. 26 at ...

Harumafuji escapes wrath of yokozuna council

Sep 30, 2013

Harumafuji escapes wrath of yokozuna council

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council was largely sympathetic with the performance of yokozuna Harumafuji, who finished with a subpar 10-5 mark at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. It was the second consecutive tournament that Harumafuji posted just 10 wins — ...

Sep 30, 2013

Japan and U.S. open second round of trade talks in parallel with TPP

Japan and the United States on Monday began a second round of bilateral talks on automobiles and trade barriers in parallel with the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, with Tokyo calling for “maximum flexibility” in the discussions. During the two-day session in Tokyo, which preceded a ...

Sep 30, 2013

Japan, U.K. security wonks talk business

by Mizuho Aoki

Nearly 18 months after Japan and Britain struck a deal to jointly develop weapons and defense equipment, security experts from both nations gathered in Tokyo Monday to discuss ways to expand that to maritime security, cybersecurity and military equipment. The two-day conference on Japan-U.K. ...

Sep 30, 2013

State, broadcasters promote export of TV programs

To counter the growth of TV programs from South Korea and China, the government and broadcasters are coming together to promote exports of Japanese TV programs mainly to Asia. The Broadcast Program Export Association of Japan, launched last month, will work to secure airtime ...

Sep 30, 2013

Korean author issues call for talks on sex slave issue

The South Korean author of a much-discussed book on “comfort women” is calling for broad-based talks between Japan and South Korea to seek a resolution on the women, who were forced into prostitution for Imperial Japanese soldiers. In a recent interview, Park Yu-ha, a ...

New trap allows boars to be caught by smartphone

Sep 30, 2013

New trap allows boars to be caught by smartphone

Teaming with an experienced hunter, researchers at Kyushu University have come up with a boar trap that can be activated remotely with a smartphone. Wild boars are to blame for increasingly costly crop damage as their areas of activity expand and the number of ...

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

Sep 30, 2013

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

by Kazuaki Nagata

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son said Monday that providing a quality communications network will be even more critical now that all three major carriers are selling the iPhone. “The scene of the cellphone industry is changing,” Son said during an event unveiling Softbank’s winter-spring ...

Industrial output dipped in August

Sep 30, 2013

Industrial output dipped in August

Industrial production fell 0.7 percent in August from the previous month as domestic demand turned sluggish in some sectors, according to data released Monday by trade ministry. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, however, maintained its basic assessment in the preliminary report, saying ...