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Reactor makers look abroad as home market fizzles

| Sep 10, 2013

Reactor makers look abroad as home market fizzles

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The Fukushima meltdowns and the continuing radiation crisis may have turned the public off of atomic energy at home, but it’s full steam ahead for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan’s heavy industries when it comes to exporting that technology to power-hungry economies abroad. ...

Work starts to scrap beached ship

Sep 10, 2013

Work starts to scrap beached ship

A nonprofit organization on Monday began dismantling a 330-ton fishing vessel washed ashore by the March 2011 tsunami that has become a landmark in one of the hardest-hit cities in the Tohoku region. Although the stricken vessel, the Kyotoku Maru No. 18, had become ...

Medalists cheer restoration of wrestling to Olympics

Sep 10, 2013

Medalists cheer restoration of wrestling to Olympics

Three London Olympics gold medalists gathered Monday at a shopping area in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, to celebrate the restoration of wrestling by the International Olympics Committee. Saori Yoshida, 30, Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, 27, and Kaori Icho, 29, broke a decorative “kusudama” paper ball and celebrated ...

U.S. JET teacher features in 3/11 film

Sep 10, 2013

U.S. JET teacher features in 3/11 film

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While Taylor Anderson’s life was cut short on March 11, 2011, along with thousands of others caught in the massive tsunami triggered by an earthquake off the coast of Tohoku, the full life she led was a source of inspiration for an American documentarian ...

Tourism industry elated by victory

Sep 10, 2013

Tourism industry elated by victory

The tourism industry is cheering the news that Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics since the major sporting event is certain to become a money-making bonanza. “The anticipated increase in foreign visitors will have a significant effect on the Japanese economy,” said an official ...

Post-Gates Microsoft's woes laid to Ballmer

Sep 10, 2013

Post-Gates Microsoft's woes laid to Ballmer

“Do you have an iPod?” Steve Ballmer: “No, I do not. Nor do my children. My children — in many dimensions they’re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, ...

China rail scandal nets new suspect

Sep 10, 2013

China rail scandal nets new suspect

A businesswoman linked to China’s disgraced Railway Minister Liu Zhijun faces charges of illegal business activities worth 180 billion yuan ($29 billion), state-run media said Monday, indicating far vaster industry corruption than previously revealed. Ding Shumiao will face trial in Beijing for bribery and ...

Dirtiest job in Mexico: sewer diving

Sep 10, 2013

Dirtiest job in Mexico: sewer diving

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Deep below the streets of Mexico City, Julio Cesar Cu is hard at work swimming in dark sewer waters in a diving helmet and dry suit, surrounded by rats, feces and condoms. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. For the ...

Sep 10, 2013

Current account surplus eroded by import costs

Japan’s current account surplus shrank 12.9 percent from a year earlier to ¥577.3 billion in July, due mainly to skyrocketing import costs driven by the government’s weakening of the yen, government data said Monday. The surplus in the balance of international payments, one of ...

British Somalis brace for khat ban

Sep 10, 2013

British Somalis brace for khat ban

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When Britain bans the herbal stimulant khat, Mohamod Ahmed Mohamed will lose his livelihood. But he fears most for his small Somali community without the leaf that fuels its social life. “I can switch to another business, but what about the youth, where are ...

Kim 'good dad' to baby girl: Rodman

Sep 10, 2013

Kim 'good dad' to baby girl: Rodman

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a baby daughter named Ju Ae, according to former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who labeled the supreme ruler of the isolated, authoritarian state a “good dad.” Rodman, who calls Kim a friend and just returned from his ...

Sep 10, 2013

Chinese state media mocked for Olympics host city gaffe

Chinese Internet users Sunday mocked state media for mistakenly reporting Istanbul would host the 2020 Olympic Games, the latest in a series of gaffes by the government-backed press. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that Istanbul had won, while state television ran a headline ...

Games nod pressures Tokyo to act

| Sep 10, 2013

Games nod pressures Tokyo to act

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The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics are coming to Tokyo, so Japan can expect greater global pressure to rectify the Fukushima nuclear debacle. Experts on Monday credited Tokyo’s success over Istanbul and Madrid to the safety of the capital and its passion to hold the ...

Sep 10, 2013

Anti-democratic secrecy bill

A bill to protect government secrets could undermine the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of information and freedom of the press.

Sep 10, 2013

Strengthening research ethics

In view of a series of irregularities in scientific research that have recently come to light, scientists and research institutes need to strengthen their ethical standards.

Renovating business and hope in Onomichi

Sep 10, 2013

Renovating business and hope in Onomichi

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The city of Onomichi in the southeastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture, which looks out to the Seto Inland Sea, has a rich and long tradition as a hub of trade. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), it prospered as a key docking point for domestic ...

Furuya capitalizes on second chance to beat Lions

Sep 10, 2013

Furuya capitalizes on second chance to beat Lions

A night after having a dreadful start mercifully aborted by rain, Chiba Lotte lefty Takuya Furuya (7-1) allowed two runs in seven innings in the Marines’ 4-3 win over the Seibu Lions. By winning the game, a makeup of Sunday’s contest that ended with ...

Japan, Ghana exhibit contrast in styles

Sep 10, 2013

Japan, Ghana exhibit contrast in styles

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni urged his players to hone their touch in front of goal against Ghana on Tuesday — or risk being embarrassed by another of the world’s top teams. The Asian champions coasted past Guatemala 3-0 on Friday in Osaka, but Zaccheroni ...

Sep 10, 2013

Hingis won't play in Pan-Pac doubles, organizers announce

Former world No.1 Martina Hingis has withdrawn her wild-card doubles entry in the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament in Tokyo this month, organizers said Monday. “She will be absent from this tournament due to personal reasons,” the Pan Pacific Open office said in ...

Six standing in election to become new IOC president

Sep 10, 2013

Six standing in election to become new IOC president

Details of the six men bidding to replace outgoing International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge in vote by fellow IOC members on Tuesday: Thomas Bach — Germany Perceived for years as the man most likely to succeed Rogge, and still the favorite. The Olympics ...