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Oct 24, 2013

Nuclear industry amalgamation mulled

The government is discussing a radical overhaul of the nuclear power sector that would combine the nation’s 50 operating reactors into a single company to rebuild an industry that’s been effectively halted by the Fukushima disaster.

Greece suspends state aid to neo-Nazi party

Oct 24, 2013

Greece suspends state aid to neo-Nazi party

Greek authorities Wednesday prepared to hit neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn with fresh indictments, hours after its state funding was suspended by the legislature in a move linked to the murder of an anti-fascist musician last month. Magistrates were expected to press criminal charges against ...

Builders face lack of young workers

Oct 24, 2013

Builders face lack of young workers

As Japan seeks to rebuild disaster-hit regions and gears up to build new facilities for the 2020 Summer Olympics, its construction industry finds itself short of new workers mainly as a result of shrinking construction investment since 2000. Young people’s reluctance to accept physically ...

Japan Exchange racks up ¥16.6 billion in profit

Oct 24, 2013

Japan Exchange racks up ¥16.6 billion in profit

Japan Exchange Group Inc., operator of the Tokyo and Osaka stock markets, beat its first-half profit forecast as the biggest share rally in four decades boosted trading volumes. Net income was ¥16.6 billion in the six months that ended Sept. 30, Japan Exchange said ...

India starts up Russia-backed nuclear plant

Oct 24, 2013

India starts up Russia-backed nuclear plant

India’s largest nuclear plant — dogged by protests and multiple delays — is generating power and was linked late Tuesday to the grid in the country’s south, an official said. The Russian-backed Kudankulam plant is designed to help meet surging demand for electricity in ...

Libyan militias, politics meld two years after Gadhafi's fall

Oct 24, 2013

Libyan militias, politics meld two years after Gadhafi's fall

Libya on Wednesday marked two years since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, but instead of the freedom and development Libyans had hoped for, the country has fallen deeper into anarchy. Rival Islamist and Western-backed factions are melding with the country’s dizzying array of militias, ...

Napping nuclear officers left blast door open

Oct 24, 2013

Napping nuclear officers left blast door open

Twice this year alone, U.S. Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, air force officials ...

Balloon to offer luxury, $75,000 ride to edge of space

Oct 24, 2013

Balloon to offer luxury, $75,000 ride to edge of space

There’s a new player in the bustling world of “commercial space,” although the “space” part is a matter of definition. A Tucson, Arizona-based start-up plans to use a helium balloon to lift big-ticket customers in a pressurized capsule to around 98,000 feet. That’s a ...

Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

Oct 24, 2013

Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Today, as mayor of Matsumoto, he is trying to avoid a repeat of his own history. Beginning in April, parents living in the ...

Oct 24, 2013

Keep the weapons export ban

A forum on security and defense power for the Abe administration appears likely to call for easing the ban on Japan's long-standing weapons export ban.

Oct 24, 2013

Territorial talks with Russia

Japan needs to develop a long-term strategy for maximizing its leverage with Russia as negotiations on resolving the Northern Territories sovereignty issue appear set to resume.

Fraught reunions

Oct 24, 2013

Fraught reunions

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Her long-term boyfriend’s death spurs concert pianist Charlotte into visiting her eldest daughter Eva, from whom she’s been estranged for seven years. At Eva’s house she also meets Helena, her severely disabled other daughter whom she had confined to a hospital for life, but ...

Passions and pathos

Oct 24, 2013

Passions and pathos

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Back in 1751, the haunting power and harrowing sadness of a new five-act bunraku (puppet) play by Namiki Sosuke titled “Ichi-no-tani Futaba Gunki” (Chronicle of the Battle of Ichi-no-tani)” made it such a hit among the masses that, within a year, a kabuki version ...

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

Oct 24, 2013

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

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Japanese photographer/artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is inescapable in Paris just now, with posters all over the Metro for his “Accelerated Buddha” exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and “Sugimoto Bunraku: Sonezaki Shinju” (“The Love Suicides at Sonezaki”) at the Théâtre de la Ville ...

The importance of being Yokoyama

Oct 24, 2013

The importance of being Yokoyama

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Big exhibitions of famous Japanese artists are usually held on important anniversaries of their birth or death. The Taikan Yokoyama exhibition now on at the Yokohama Museum of Art, however, breaks with this convention. Rather than marking the 150th, 100th or 50th anniversary of ...

Oct 24, 2013

Ex-ozeki Kaio to establish Asakayama stable

Former ozeki Kaio said Tuesday he plans to set up an independent stable separate from the Tomozuna stable under the name of Asakayama as early as next year. The 41-year-old Kaio, who is now known as stable master Asakayama, holds the all-time record for ...

| Oct 24, 2013

No secret to consistency of Cardinals

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Time was when nearly every baseball team, from Little League to the majors, endeavored to play the game “The Dodger Way” or “Cardinal Style.” For most of the 20th century and beyond, those two highly successful MLB ballclubs represented the gold standard for the ...