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Frenchman missing five days in Yamanashi mountains

Oct 26, 2013

Frenchman missing five days in Yamanashi mountains

by Tomohiro Osaki

A Frenchman has been missing since Monday in Yamanashi Prefecture near the country’s second-highest mountain, and his friends are now desperate to raise funds to kick off a private search for him, it was learned Friday. Pascal Burel, a 50-year-old Saitama Prefecture resident, was ...

CPI snaps out of four years of falling; 'Abenomics' lauded

Oct 26, 2013

CPI snaps out of four years of falling; 'Abenomics' lauded

The consumer price index snapped four years of declines in September, signaling progress in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign to stamp out deflation and drive a sustained economic revival. Prices excluding energy and fresh food were unchanged from a year earlier after sliding every ...

WWII sword returns after 70 years

| Oct 26, 2013

WWII sword returns after 70 years

A “katana” sword confiscated by the U.S. military at the end of the war was recently returned to its owner’s family in Japan. Miyoko Asai, 85, received the sword on behalf of her late husband, Masaaki, at their home in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, from ...

Microsoft unveils new Surface tablets

Oct 26, 2013

Microsoft unveils new Surface tablets

Microsoft Japan launched two new models of its Surface tablet computer on Friday that are being touted for business use. The new models are designed to compete with a new version of the popular iPad tablet Apple Inc. is set to release on Nov. ...

Philippine quake created extended rocky wall

Oct 26, 2013

Philippine quake created extended rocky wall

A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines on Oct. 15 created a spectacular rocky wall that stretches for kilometers through farmlands, astounded geologists said Thursday. Dramatic pictures of the power of the 7.1-magnitude quake have emerged as the government works to mend the broken ...

Space trash tax eyed

| Oct 26, 2013

Space trash tax eyed

by Brad Plumer

Space is getting awfully messy. The amount of debris in Earth’s orbit keeps multiplying each year, damaging satellites and putting astronauts in harm’s way. If the problem gets severe enough, it could eventually make low-Earth orbit unusable. Scientists have known about the space trash ...

Refinements add up in new Mac OS system

| Oct 26, 2013

Refinements add up in new Mac OS system

by Anick Jesdanun

There isn’t one thing that jumps out with Apple’s new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks — and that’s a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade, even if Apple weren’t giving it ...

Oct 26, 2013

Mizuho president to lose half-year pay over shady loans

Mizuho Bank President Yasuhiro Sato will be docked six months of salary over the bank’s lending to people related to organized crime groups, company officials said Friday. Mizuho Bank Chairman Takashi Tsukamoto, Sato’s predecessor, will step down and Satoru Nishibori, who was president when ...

Oct 26, 2013

Human rights experts rap U.N. report on Fukushima radiation

Human rights experts, including a U.N. special rapporteur, are criticizing a U.N. scientific report dismissing concerns about the effects of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Japanese public. Speaking Thursday at an event organized by U.S. and Japanese nongovernmental groups, U.N. special ...

Oct 26, 2013

Saudi Arabia's snub of the U.N.

Apparently because of the United States' drift on the Syrian conflict and its openness to negotiations with Iran, Saudi Arabia snubs a nonpermanent seat on the U.N Security Council.

Chan says Japanese skaters top rivals for Sochi Games

Oct 26, 2013

Chan says Japanese skaters top rivals for Sochi Games

Akiko Suzuki, Yuzuru Hanyu, Nobunari Oda and Takahito Mura arrive at Skate Canada this week hoping to replicate the success compatriots Mao Asada and Tatsuki Machida enjoyed at Skate America last week. Superstar Mao posted a convincing win in the women’s event last week ...