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41 articles published/printed


Oct 02, 2013

'Tankan' logs strong corporate optimism

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In what figured to be the final push for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to go ahead with raising the consumption tax to 8 percent in April, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" report shows a sharp increase in business sentiment among manufacturers.

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Oct 02, 2013

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Maritime Self-Defense Force training vessels on a round-the-world voyage arrive in Myanmar on Monday for a five-day mission, marking the first-ever port call by an MSDF vessel to the country.

Full electric future still far off, says Toyota chair

Oct 02, 2013

Full electric future still far off, says Toyota chair

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada rode his pioneering work on the Prius hybrid to the top of the world’s biggest car company. But that doesn’t mean he is a zealot when it comes to the growing expectations for electric vehicle technology. The technical barriers to ...

JAL- ANA fight over Haneda slots draws in U.S. carriers

Oct 02, 2013

JAL- ANA fight over Haneda slots draws in U.S. carriers

Japan Airlines Co. and ANA Holdings Inc.’s fight over additional slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport is widening to include global airline partnerships seeking access to fly businesspeople right into the heart of the capital. Haneda, Asia’s second-busiest airport, is set to gain about 40 ...

World perplexed by U.S. shutdown

Oct 02, 2013

World perplexed by U.S. shutdown

As the U.S. government creaked toward a shutdown Monday, the world looked on with a little anxiety and a lot of dismay, and some people had trouble suppressing smirks. “To be honest, people are making a lot of jokes,” said Justice Malala, a political ...

Prank pictures on SNS cause storm

Oct 02, 2013

Prank pictures on SNS cause storm

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In a society where cleanliness is revered, a series of pictures showing unhygienic pranks involving food industry workers and customers has triggered a media storm after going viral on social-networking services. The posts reflect a broader trend among young Japanese Internet users for sharing ...

Oct 02, 2013

Acquittal of JR West presidents

The acquittal of three ex-presidents of JR West in the 2005 Amagasaki train derailment that killed 107 people does not absolve the corporate culture thought to have led to the accident.

Eagles' Tanaka improves to 23-0 in magical season

Oct 02, 2013

Eagles' Tanaka improves to 23-0 in magical season

As if on cue, the Pacific League pennant winner Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles came through for right-hander Masahiro Tanaka — and big. After being held scoreless in three consecutive games since clinching the PL title on Sept. 26, the Eagles erupted with a six-run ...