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Sep 06, 2013

BOJ sees moderate recovery in economy

The Bank of Japan upgrades its opinion of the economy for the first time since July, describing it as "recovering moderately" on solid consumer spending and recovering corporate spending amid improvements in jobs and nonbase pay.

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

Sep 06, 2013

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

A pint-size android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan’s drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness. The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing Kirobo — roughly the size of a chihuahua — broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens ...

Street View shows Tohoku tsunami, nuclear evacuation zones

Sep 06, 2013

Street View shows Tohoku tsunami, nuclear evacuation zones

New images from areas devastated by the tsunami of March 11, 2011, have been posted on Google’s Street View, allowing users to see how the disaster changed the area. The images include pictures of towns and villages near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...

Experts uncertain about Tokyo bid

Sep 06, 2013

Experts uncertain about Tokyo bid

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As the weekend vote looms by the International Olympic Committee to decide the city that will host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, experts in Japan say the three candidates are neck and neck amid lingering worries about the radioactive water leaking from the ...

End of unequal inheritance lauded

| Sep 06, 2013

End of unequal inheritance lauded

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Legal experts said Wednesday’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court that the Civil Code provision denying full inheritance rights to heirs born out of wedlock is unconstitutional was welcome but late in coming. The fact that the justices reached the decision unanimously, they say, ...

Data show twisters form over Kanto in September

| Sep 06, 2013

Data show twisters form over Kanto in September

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Damage to people and property by tornadoes made headlines over the past week, with the latest in Tochigi Prefecture injuring three people while destroying houses and other buildings. Here are some questions and answers regarding twisters: Are twisters common in Japan? About 17 were ...

Doctor offers 'bionic' implants to eye-gouged boy

Sep 06, 2013

Doctor offers 'bionic' implants to eye-gouged boy

A 6-year-old Chinese boy who had his eyes gouged out by a woman believed to be his aunt may one day see again after a Hong Kong hospital offered him “electronic eyes.” Hong Kong-based eye expert Dennis Lam said his team would provide the ...

Sony unveils new smartphone

Sep 06, 2013

Sony unveils new smartphone

Sony Corp. has unveiled its new Xperia Z1 smartphone, featuring an improved lens to boost camera performance. “We will continue renovating smartphone functions,” CEO Kazuo Hirai said Wednesday. Sony’s chief competitors in the sector are Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. While Sony declined ...

Senate panel approves bill on Syria strike

Sep 06, 2013

Senate panel approves bill on Syria strike

President Barack Obama takes his campaign for a punitive military strike against Syria overseas, declaring that "the international community cannot be silent" and that its credibility is on the line, as his request for congressional approval of such action moves ahead in the Senate.

Sep 06, 2013

No quick fix for Fukushima leaks

Despite the government's decision to directly involve itself in managing the Fukushima nuclear crisis, fundamental solutions are no closer at hand.

Sep 06, 2013

The folly of attacking Assad

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It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish. U.S. President Barack Obama may have missed this lesson during his primary school experience in Indonesia. But perhaps the ...

Kobayashi film explores Japan's suicide problem

Sep 06, 2013

Kobayashi film explores Japan's suicide problem

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A folk-singer-turned-filmmaker who went to France in 1981 to apprentice under his idol François Truffaut, Masahiro Kobayashi may have failed in his quest (he couldn’t work up the courage to press Truffaut’s doorbell), but after returning to Japan became a prolific scriptwriter for pinku ...

'Nihon no Higeki (Japan's Tragedy)'

Sep 06, 2013

'Nihon no Higeki (Japan's Tragedy)'

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What is a good death? For certain Japanese Buddhist priests it was sokushinbutsu — self-mummification. As practiced by members of the Shingon sect, it was a decade-long process that culminated with the priest’s descent into a stone tomb to meditate in darkness, without food ...

'Side Effects'

Sep 06, 2013

'Side Effects'

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Director Steven Soderbergh’s retirement from cinema after a career of 30-plus years has been much ballyhooed, and is hopefully only temporary. But if “Side Effects” turns out to be his last movie, it’s a shame, because this one shows him at the top of ...

Obiki, Fighters clobber Hawks

Sep 06, 2013

Obiki, Fighters clobber Hawks

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Keiji Obiki helped erase a four-run deficit with a come-from-behind grand slam in the second inning, and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters went on to rout the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 11-5 on Thursday night at Tokyo Dome. The Fighters were behind 4-1 in the ...

Darvish breaks Nomo's single-season strikeout mark

Sep 06, 2013

Darvish breaks Nomo's single-season strikeout mark

Yu Darvish surpassed Hideo Nomo as Japan’s single-season, big-league strikeout king, but the Texas right-hander got hammered in an 11-4 Wednesday loss to the Oakland Athletics. The win moved Oakland into a tie with the Rangers for the American League West lead. Darvish (12-7) ...

Japan men, women spikers earn victories in Asian qualifying

Sep 06, 2013

Japan men, women spikers earn victories in Asian qualifying

The Japan men’s volleyball team defeated Qatar in straight sets on Thursday in its opening match at the Asian qualifying round for the FIVB World Championships, while Japan’s women improved to 2-0 Tatsuya Fukuzawa was the match’s top scorer, netting 12 points as the ...