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61 articles published/printed


U.S. toilet restaurant borrows from Taiwan, rides publicity wave

Oct 23, 2013

U.S. toilet restaurant borrows from Taiwan, rides publicity wave

A restaurant billed as America’s first toilet-themed eatery has just opened in a Los Angeles suburb — and is packing in diners after a wave of free publicity. The Magic Restroom Cafe, where customers sit on ceramic bathroom bowls and eat from toilet-shaped tableware, ...

Decision on Chongryon site delayed

Oct 23, 2013

Decision on Chongryon site delayed

Without giving a reason, the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday postponed a decision on whether to approve the sale of the Tokyo headquarters site of a pro-Pyongyang group to a purported Mongolian company. The court said a new date will be set later. Avar ...

Oct 23, 2013

Next big TPP meet set for Dec . 7 to 9

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations will hold a ministerial meeting in Singapore between Dec. 7 and 9 with the aim of concluding a deal by year’s end, official sources said. It will be the stage for the countries ...

More museums exhibit accessibility

Oct 23, 2013

More museums exhibit accessibility

by Takeshi Kawamura

In an effort to promote inclusivity and expose their collections to as wide an audience as possible, art museums are improving accessibility by offering special tours for disabled visitors and on-site baby-sitting services. At a special session held in early September at Yokohama Museum ...

Firms start generating own power

Oct 23, 2013

Firms start generating own power

by Patrice Novotny

A remote Toyota plant in northeastern Japan bears few scars from the devastating quake-tsunami more than two years ago that completely shut it down. Employees roll out more than 100,000 Corolla and Yaris sedans a year and the factory looks like most operated by ...

Rakuten defends charges

Oct 23, 2013

Rakuten defends charges

The multimillionaire boss of Web mall operator Rakuten is defending its pay model of charging merchants, ignoring a move by archrival Yahoo Japan to eliminate fees. Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani has ruled out following suit on the plan announced by Yahoo Japan’s ...

Top EU panel beefs up data protection laws

Oct 23, 2013

Top EU panel beefs up data protection laws

A European Parliament committee approves sweeping new data protection rules that would strengthen online privacy and outlaw the kind of data transfers that the United States has used for its secret spying program.

Cooler weather, drizzle help to ease Australia wildfires

Oct 23, 2013

Cooler weather, drizzle help to ease Australia wildfires

Firefighters battling dozens of wildfires in Australia’s most populous state on Tuesday merged two of the most worrying blazes in a bid to reduce the threat of a more unpredictable inferno taking hold. There had been fears that three of the fires near the ...

U.S. health site got OK despite flaw warnings

Oct 23, 2013

U.S. health site got OK despite flaw warnings

Days before the launch of President Barack Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, government officials and contractors tested a key part of the website to see whether it could handle tens of thousands of consumer users at the same time. It crashed after a simulation ...

No. 1 water woes laid to Tepco's ineptitude

Oct 23, 2013

No. 1 water woes laid to Tepco's ineptitude

by Chico Harlan

Two and a half years after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant experienced its three reactor-core meltdowns, the effort to clean up what remains of the complex is turning into another kind of disaster. The site now stores some 340 million liters of radioactive ...

Death toll on Oshima rises to 29

Oct 23, 2013

Death toll on Oshima rises to 29

The death toll on the typhoon-hit island of Izu-Oshima rose to 29 Tuesday when another body was found while local authorities geared up preparations for another typhoon. With 25 of the 29 bodies identified so far and 16 people still unaccounted for, some 1,200 ...

Britain commits to nuclear power despite Fukushima

Oct 23, 2013

Britain commits to nuclear power despite Fukushima

Britain agrees to build the country's first nuclear power plant in a generation, despite concerns raised by the Fukushima meltdown in Japan as the U.K. seeks to secure its future energy needs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Oct 23, 2013

Turn Japanese-Korean ties around

The chilly state of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea threatens to harm security cooperation among the two countries and the United States.

Oct 23, 2013

Japan's technology ranking slips

Japan has slipped from eighth to 12th place in the rankings of global information and communications technology development. And its young people aren't as network-savvy as presumed.

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

Oct 23, 2013

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

by Kaori Shoji

Among all the many trips American film director Mike Mills has made to Japan since he first started coming here in the mid 1990s, one incident in particular has remained with him. “One time, I was having coffee with a friend,” he told The ...

Biollante 'Alone in this World'

Oct 23, 2013

Biollante "Alone in this World"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo’s Biollante has found a clever way of standing out among the ever-crowded field of Japanese bedroom music producers — get melancholic. The creator’s debut album “Alone In This World” (feel the sadness already?) fits like a glove among the works of at-home producers ...

Perfume 'Level3'

Oct 23, 2013

Perfume "Level3"

by Patrick ST. Michel

“Level3″ is going to look amazing live. Perfume member Ayaka “A-Chan” Nishiwaki reportedly told producer Yasutaka Nakata that her trio wanted songs suited to the huge venues they’d perform it in. Nakata has obliged. Perfume’s fourth studio album — the first with access to ...

Oct 23, 2013

Tigers' Murton heads back to U.S., unsure about return

Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton, who wrapped up a two-year contract with the Central League team this season, said he is uncertain whether he will be back next year before departing for the United States on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Murton, who batted .314 with ...