October 2013
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

54 articles published/printed


Oct 19, 2013

Measures for special zones get green light

The government adopts deregulation measures for its "strategic special zones" proposal, including the relaxing of building regulations to promote urban redevelopment ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Race is on to develop self-driving autos

Oct 19, 2013

Race is on to develop self-driving autos

by Kayo Mimizuka

Cars that drive themselves used to be a pipe dream, only to be seen in the movies. But with cars already packed with information technology, the idea is no longer far-fetched for global automakers, and the competition is heating up. U.S. companies are leading ...

Air pollution a leading cause of cancer: WHO

Oct 19, 2013

Air pollution a leading cause of cancer: WHO

The World Health Organization on Thursday classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer in humans. “The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said Kurt Straif of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. “We ...

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Oct 19, 2013

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Astronaut Koichi Wakata is set to ride a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station, where he will do a six-month stint as its first Japanese skipper, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday. Wakata, 50, and two colleagues, from Russia and the ...

Key drone official nominated for Homeland Security chief

Oct 19, 2013

Key drone official nominated for Homeland Security chief

President Barack Obama was to nominate Jeh Johnson, formerly the Pentagon’s top lawyer and a key figure in the administration’s debate over the legality of drone use, to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to White House officials. The official announcement was ...

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

Oct 19, 2013

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

by May Masangkay

With the Japanese public smitten with adorable or bizarre costumed characters created to promote localities or events, some foreign embassies are not missing out on the chance to catch a ride on the massive mascot boom. Collectively called “yuru-chara,” which translates as “loose or ...

Oct 19, 2013

Lax fire regulations cost lives

The Oct. 11 fire that killed 10 people at a Fukuoka orthopedic clinic is a warning to the central and local governments of the consequences of letting fire-prevention equipment go unchecked.

Oct 19, 2013

Revitalizing the SDP

Under its newly elected leader, the Social Democratic Party must go beyond shouting "Protect the pacifist Constitution!" if its mission is to build a more equitable Japanese society.