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Taiji plans park to swim with, not spear, dolphins

Oct 08, 2013

Taiji plans park to swim with, not spear, dolphins

The town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about its annual dolphin slaughter, will open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but will not end its annual kill, an official said Monday. The town ...

JT seeks smokeless product tie-ups

Oct 08, 2013

JT seeks smokeless product tie-ups

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Japan Tobacco Inc. plans to expand its range of smokeless tobacco products and is looking at tie-ups or acquisitions as consumers demand alternatives and regulations tighten worldwide. “There are many ways to enjoy tobacco, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be cigarettes,” Akira Saeki, ...

Deliveries boost convenience stores' cachet

| Oct 08, 2013

Deliveries boost convenience stores' cachet

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The nation’s convenience stores have been in a constant state of evolution, starting by offering small snacks and drinks and basic daily goods like newspapers, magazines and toiletries. Today, customers at the “conbini,” as convenience stores are called in Japan, can pay various household ...

APEC's CEOs urged to keep faith in 'Abenomics'

Oct 08, 2013

APEC's CEOs urged to keep faith in 'Abenomics'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried Monday to persuade Asia-Pacific business leaders to have confidence in his economic strategy, pledging to concurrently pursue growth and fiscal discipline while its central bank buys up government debt to artificially stoke 2 percent inflation. Speaking at a business ...

Scores of bodies recovered from sinking off Italy

Oct 08, 2013

Scores of bodies recovered from sinking off Italy

Divers in Italy retrieved dozens more bodies Sunday after a shipwreck in which more than 300 African refugees are feared to have died, and a government minister called for easing immigration rules. Divers working at a depth of some 50 meters described nightmarish scenes ...

Schoolgirls pray Malala wins Nobel

| Oct 08, 2013

Schoolgirls pray Malala wins Nobel

In Malala Yousafzai’s hometown in Pakistan, school friends hope to see her win the Nobel Peace Prize this week — but they dream in secret, under pressure from a society deeply ambivalent about the teenage activist. Malala, who survived being shot by the Taliban ...

Oct 08, 2013

Inching toward collective self-defense

By agreeing to revise the terms of Japan-U.S. defense cooperation in view of China's buildup, the Abe administration risks discarding Japan's traditional "defense-only defense" posture.

Oct 08, 2013

Eradicating terrorism in Africa

Sub-Saharan governments must get help in promoting agriculture and local industries in order to help eradicate terrorist activites such as the recent four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall.

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

Oct 08, 2013

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

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The British Museum’s press officer, Claire Coveney, comes hurrying up to take me to the galleries of the museum’s latest hot-ticket show, “Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese Art,” and I’m not surprised she looks run off her feet. Pre-opening interest in this new ...

Buffaloes knock Marines into third place

Oct 08, 2013

Buffaloes knock Marines into third place

Orix lefty Yuji Maeda worked six innings and three relievers completed a three-hit shutout as the Buffaloes defeated the playoff-bound Chiba Lotte Marines 1-0 on Monday. The loss knocked the Marines into third place just behind the Seibu Lions. The two teams finish the ...

Oct 08, 2013

Hanyu tastes victory

Yuzuru Hanyu won the Finlandia Trophy by a landslide on Sunday. The 18-year-old Japanese star won the free program with 180.93 points for a two-day total of 265.59, an unofficial personal best. Hanyu comfortably finished ahead of second-place Sergey Voronov, who ended up with ...