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Aggressive-minded pitchers find success for Eagles

Oct 30, 2013

Aggressive-minded pitchers find success for Eagles

by Kaz Nagatsuka

You’ve got to play aggressively — that’s one of the cliches that has been used millions of times in sports. And also, that’s one of the things that you can hardly execute, especially at the professional level, because audaciousness sometimes turns to recklessness that ...

Outlook for industrial production improves on domestic demand

Oct 30, 2013

Outlook for industrial production improves on domestic demand

Manufacturers forecast the biggest jump in industrial production in more than two years this month as domestic demand strengthens, adding to signs that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can drive a sustained recovery. Output is projected to rise 4.7 percent from September, the Ministry of ...

Internet retailers set sights on prescription drugs for deregulation

Oct 30, 2013

Internet retailers set sights on prescription drugs for deregulation

With removing restrictions on Internet sales of nonprescription drugs a centerpiece of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deregulation drive, officials are now working on the final details in a bill to revise the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is opposed to ...

Oct 30, 2013

Myanmar development deal signed

Japanese and Myanmar companies have signed an agreement to create a joint venture for developing an industrial complex in the suburbs of Yangon expected to start commercial operation in 2015. The consortium, joined by three major Japanese trading firms, the government of Myanmar and ...

Oct 30, 2013

Osaka Gas unit to buy Swedish firm

A wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co. plans to acquire Swedish activated carbon manufacturer Jacobi Carbons AB in early January. After the $392 million acquisition, Osaka Gas Chemical Co. and unit Japan EnviroChemicals Ltd. will jointly account for about 11 percent of the ...

Oct 30, 2013

Tepco may report pretax profit

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will report a group pretax profit of about ¥120 billion for the April-September period, company sources said. It is the first time the utility will report a first-half pretax profit since the crisis started in 2011 at its Fukushima No. ...

Oct 30, 2013

Sapporo, Taipei zoos to cooperate

Taipei Zoo and Sapporo Maruyama Zoo will sign a partnership agreement in Taipei on Thursday to advance ties and further cooperation in conservation programs. Under the deal, the two zoos will form a partnership to further the objectives of dedicating themselves to the cultivation ...

Presidents honor late ambassador

Oct 30, 2013

Presidents honor late ambassador

President Barack Obama was among 350 people who attended a memorial service Tuesday in the U.S. Capitol building for Thomas Foley, former speaker of the House and ambassador to Japan, who died Oct. 18 at age 84. “Tom Foley never lost that sense of ...

Oct 30, 2013

Brokers' profit gains, like stocks, may cool

by Takahiko Hyuga

Japan’s largest brokerages, whose first-half profits soared more than 10-fold as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic stimulus program bolstered investors’ appetite for local stocks, may find that the magic is wearing off. Nomura Holdings Inc. reported Tuesday that its second-quarter net income rose to ...

Oct 30, 2013

JT to cut 1,600 jobs, close four plants

Japan Tobacco Inc. is cutting 1,600 jobs and closing four domestic factories as part of its plan to boost competitiveness at home and profitability. The job cuts will be made through a voluntary retirement program that will be offered to eligible employees in the ...

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Oct 30, 2013

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Lee Hong-hyon, one of three South Koreans who filed a lawsuit in June 2011 to get the Japanese government to cover medical costs for atomic bomb victims who now live overseas, was the only one still alive to hear the Osaka District Court rule ...

Service delivers famed ramen to the home

Oct 30, 2013

Service delivers famed ramen to the home

by Asako Takaguchi

You no longer have to travel far and wide to try ramen or dishes from popular restaurants that are much talked about. On takumen.com, run Gourmet Innovation Co., you can find ramen with miso, soy sauce or “tonkotsu” pork bone broth among other varieties ...

Oct 30, 2013

Health ministry eyes lower medical expenses for intractable diseases

The health ministry has proposed lowering the proportion of out-of-pocket medical expenses for people afflicted with intractable diseases to 20 percent from the current 30 percent. The ministry on Tuesday presented the draft plan to a subcommittee of the Health Sciences Council as part ...

Panel chief: Hike taxes, cut social security benefits

Oct 30, 2013

Panel chief: Hike taxes, cut social security benefits

Japan urgently needs social security reform to reduce its social security costs, including medical care expenditures and pension payments, the head of a panel advising the finance minister suggested in a recent interview. Hiroshi Yoshikawa, chairman of the Fiscal System Council and a professor ...

Oct 30, 2013

Ministry pushes Fukushima products

The industry ministry, which recently held a fair featuring food and produce from Fukushima Prefecture, is encouraging other ministries and companies to join the effort to promote the safety of food products from the prefecture. Prices of food products from Fukushima Prefecture, which hosts ...

Oct 30, 2013

Pay during child leave to get big increase

The government plans to increase the amount of benefits paid to people who take child care leave to 67 percent of their salary, up from the current 50 percent, labor ministry officials said. The move is intended to encourage women to stay in the ...

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Oct 30, 2013

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi pressed U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a summit in 1957 to consider setting a deadline for returning Okinawa, saying the Japanese public might otherwise become nervous about U.S. intentions, according to diplomatic records declassified Wednesday. The talks, 15 years ...

Kinki University fish lab opening Ginza eatery

Oct 30, 2013

Kinki University fish lab opening Ginza eatery

by Tomoko Otake

A fisheries research lab at Kinki University in Wakayama Prefecture is poised to make a smashing debut in the heart of Japan’s gourmet capital: Ginza. The private university will open a fish restaurant in the glitzy Tokyo district on Dec. 2, serving tuna, red ...