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61 articles published/printed


Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

Oct 09, 2013

Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

by Masaaki Kameda

Lawson Inc., Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain, said Tuesday it will strengthen its health-related business as part of a midterm strategy to tap into the growing number of health-conscious customers in the aging society. “We aim to play a central role in supporting people’s ...

Gone in 60 seconds: Abe-Park 'talks'

Oct 09, 2013

Gone in 60 seconds: Abe-Park 'talks'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a brief conversation — for less than a minute — Tuesday with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Indonesia amid ongoing bilateral tensions over a number of issues. Abe talked to Park as they sat next to each other ...

With 8% hurdle cleared, Aso eyes 10% sales tax

Oct 09, 2013

With 8% hurdle cleared, Aso eyes 10% sales tax

by Reiji Yoshida

Just a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intention to raise the 5 percent consumption tax to 8 percent next April, Finance Minister Taro Aso said he was upbeat about raising the levy further to 10 percent. Aso told reporters Tuesday the ...

Saitama program assists pupils falling through cracks

Oct 09, 2013

Saitama program assists pupils falling through cracks

A program launched by the Saitama Prefectural Government for children of impoverished families is drawing much attention as a way to break the link — or even chain — between poverty and low academic achievement. The program involves retired school teachers, social welfare counselors ...

Major display of  'shunga' erotic art opens in London

Oct 09, 2013

Major display of 'shunga' erotic art opens in London

The “most comprehensive” exhibition of “shunga” (Japanese erotic pictures) ever staged opened at the British Museum in London last week. A total of 170 paintings, prints and book illustrations dating from 1600 to 1900 are being displayed until the beginning of next year. Speaking ...

Obama, Democrats push bill to end deadlock

Oct 09, 2013

Obama, Democrats push bill to end deadlock

by Zachary A. Goldfarb

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats tried Monday to break a political logjam that could threaten the U.S. economy, advancing legislation that would raise the federal debt ceiling as soon as possible. Democrats said they will attempt to force Republicans to agree to a ...

Subs the new luxury item at Monaco

Oct 09, 2013

Subs the new luxury item at Monaco

by Tara Patel

Graham Hawkes, inventor of the “underwater plane,” made his debut at the Monaco Yacht Show last month in a bid to entice billionaire boat owners to take the plunge. “This is literally like flying underwater,” said Hawkes, a U.K.-born ocean engineer who has spent ...

Oct 09, 2013

Report links sonar to whale stranding

by Lenny Bernstein

The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response — a few of the 3-4-meter-long marine mammals were rescued, necropsies conducted, a review panel formed. Did they follow prey into the lagoon? ...

Aussie leader dominates 'sexism awards'

Oct 09, 2013

Aussie leader dominates 'sexism awards'

“Vicious” commentary about Australia’s first female leader, Julia Gillard, dominates entries for the annual “Ernie” awards for sexism with Prime Minister Tony Abbott the “most constant” offender, organizers said Tuesday. There were more than 100 entries for the 2013 gong, which will be decided ...

As China targets graft, bribes abound in schools

| Oct 09, 2013

As China targets graft, bribes abound in schools

For years, Yang Jie’s friends warned her to save up for her daughter’s education. Not for tuition or textbooks, but for the bribes needed to get into the city’s better public schools. A strong-willed, self-made businesswoman, Yang largely ignored their advice. “Success in life,” ...

JR Hokkaido overlooked shut brake

Oct 09, 2013

JR Hokkaido overlooked shut brake

In another revelation of safety lapses, Hokkaido Railway Co. says it operated a diesel-powered train for several runs on the Okhotsk express service between Sapporo and Abashiri with an onboard automatic brake effectively disabled. JR Hokkaido said Monday that a valve cock that should ...

Graft charge dismissal may aid Sarkozy's return

Oct 09, 2013

Graft charge dismissal may aid Sarkozy's return

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s comeback hopes were given a major boost Monday when judges investigating an election financing scandal dropped a corruption charge against him. The unexpected decision removes the biggest and most immediate obstacle to a career revival for the 58-year-old, although he ...

Oct 09, 2013

Destroying Syria's chemical weapons

A team of nearly two-dozen chemical weapons specialists begin the critical, and Herculean, task of dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program and stockpiles by yearend.

Backlash against Miyazaki is generational

| Oct 09, 2013

Backlash against Miyazaki is generational

by Roland Kelts

If you haven’t lived in Japan, it’s hard to appreciate just how beloved are anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki and his creative hub, Studio Ghibli. Annual surveys of Japanese consumers often find that Ghibli is their favorite domestic brand, ahead of stalwarts such as Toyota ...

Oct 09, 2013

Geary guides Chiba to 4-0 start in NBL

by Ed Odeven

The bj-league’s loss has become the NBL’s gain. Chiba Jets head coach Reggie Geary has given the third-year club a strong boost to kick off the 2013-14 campaign. The Jets are one of three NBL teams still undefeated, all at 4-0. The others: Mitsubishi ...

Oct 09, 2013

Koki Kameda to fight world title bout abroad for 1st time

WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda’s first overseas world title fight is set for Nov. 19 in Jeju, South Korea, against 13th-ranked Son Jung Oh, organizers announced Tuesday. Only three Japanese boxers have successfully defended their title abroad, including Takashi Miura who retained the WBC ...