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U.S. holidays to slow PS4 Japan debut

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. holidays to slow PS4 Japan debut

Sony Corp. will release the PlayStation 4 in Japan three months after it hits shelves in North America as the company seeks to avoid shortages that hurt sales of the console’s predecessor. The timing will allow Sony to focus on meeting demand in its ...

Shimane's Oki Islands win Global Geopark classification

Sep 11, 2013

Shimane's Oki Islands win Global Geopark classification

The Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture have been designated as a globally important geological heritage site by a UNESCO-backed program. The Global Network of National Geoparks made the decision at a meeting Monday in South Korea. The island chain in the Sea of Japan ...

Global LNG client group eyed to cut import costs

Sep 11, 2013

Global LNG client group eyed to cut import costs

Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas, plans to form an international consumer group to study ways of reducing import costs. The government-affiliated Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, is proposing joint research with organizations in Asia and Europe on issues in LNG ...

EU medical technologies; Aspects of Mount Aso

| Sep 11, 2013

EU medical technologies; Aspects of Mount Aso

EXHIBITIONS EU medical technologies The European Union will host a business mission focusing on European health care and medical technologies at the Hilton Tokyo from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 under the umbrella of the EU Gateway Programme, a business program funded and managed ...

Conservative coalition sweeps Norway polls

Sep 11, 2013

Conservative coalition sweeps Norway polls

Norway shifted right in elections Monday, ending eight years of center-left rule and setting the stage for a new Conservative-led government with the populist anti-immigration Progress Party as junior partner. Incumbent Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of the Labor Party conceded defeat late in the ...

Disaster areas critically short of manpower

Sep 11, 2013

Disaster areas critically short of manpower

The central government is coming under increasing pressure to step in and help secure more municipal workers for post-disaster reconstruction work amid serious manpower shortages in the northeast, 2½ years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Disaster-hit municipalities are struggling to hire ...

Manga majors a big draw in the job market

Sep 11, 2013

Manga majors a big draw in the job market

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With manga becoming more popular internationally, an increasing number of Japanese universities have been providing courses on the subject, producing graduates who have gone on to work in a broad spectrum of society. “The number of students finding employment at companies unrelated (to manga) ...

Rousseff accuses U.S. of spying for economic gain

Sep 11, 2013

Rousseff accuses U.S. of spying for economic gain

President Dilma Rousseff on Monday accused the United States of spying on oil giant Petrobras for its own “economic and strategic” reasons — not for national security. The latest allegations of online snooping by the National Security Agency emerged Sunday night in a Globo ...

Sep 11, 2013

Now Japan must deliver

Now that Tokyo has won the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government must deliver on its promise to end the radiation leaks in Fukushima.

Sep 11, 2013

Home nursing care for the elderly

The central and local governments should begin concrete efforts to build an effective network so the transition from caring for the elderly in special nursing care facilities to caring for them in their own homes will go smoothly.

UrumaDelvi learn the importance of contacts

| Sep 11, 2013

UrumaDelvi learn the importance of contacts

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The husband-and-wife creative team known as UrumaDelvi has been cranking out quirky, quasi-psychedelic illustrations, animated shorts and music videos for over 20 years. They met in design school in 1988. Deciding that their married surname, Kobayashi, was too common in Japan to be memorable, ...

007's Lotus Sub sells for £550,000

Sep 11, 2013

007's Lotus Sub sells for £550,000

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A James Bond Lotus submarine and a 1957 Maserati sold last night at a $33 million car auction. The Lotus Esprit Series 1 prop, propelled through the water by a working electric motor in the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” fetched £550,000 ...

Three second-half goals carry Japan past Ghana

Sep 11, 2013

Three second-half goals carry Japan past Ghana

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Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa sparked a second-half fightback as Japan came from a goal behind to beat Ghana 3-1 in a friendly on Tuesday night. Frank Acheampong sent the West Africans into halftime with a shock lead at Nissan Stadium after opening the ...

Sep 11, 2013

Kyoto signs swingman Ubiles

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The Kyoto Hannaryz have bolstered their roster with the addition of guard/forward Edwin Ubiles, who has spent the majority of the past two seasons in the NBA Development League. Ubiles also appeared in four games for the Washington Wizards — on a 10-day contract ...