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65 articles published/printed


Tougher law stifles mob but old cases nag

Nov 02, 2013

Tougher law stifles mob but old cases nag

Since the revised law against organized crime took effect a year ago, mob-related offenses appear to be on the wane in Fukuoka Prefecture, which was targeted by the amendment for escalating violence waged by three underworld syndicates. Police, however, have not made substantial progress ...

Power reform bill advances

Nov 02, 2013

Power reform bill advances

The House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to achieve the first stage of a major plan to reform the electricity sector, moving it closer to Diet passage. The bill to revise the Electricity Business Law will be sent to the House of Councilors. ...

CTBC buys Tokyo Star, Taiwan Life

Nov 02, 2013

CTBC buys Tokyo Star, Taiwan Life

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial Holding Co. agreed to buy Tokyo Star Bank Ltd. and Taiwan Life Insurance Co. for about $1.4 billion as it seeks to diversify outside its crowded home market. The island’s fourth-largest financial company by market value will buy 100 percent of ...

Volunteers flock to Oshima to help

Nov 02, 2013

Volunteers flock to Oshima to help

Izu-Oshima Island, heavily damaged last month by landslides triggered by Typhoon Wipha, has been drawing many volunteers. Kosaku Mukai, 46, from Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, who hosts a disaster relief radio show in Chiba that supports victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, is one ...

Two Japanese chocolatiers win awards in Paris

Nov 02, 2013

Two Japanese chocolatiers win awards in Paris

Hironobu Tsujiguchi and Sadaharu Aoki were among the recipients of the highest awards at the Salon du Chocolat global chocolate fair in Paris, the world’s largest event of its kind. Tokyo-based Tsujiguchi, 46, and Paris-based Aoki, 45, were among 12 chocolatiers Thursday to win ...

Apple's iPad Air tablet greeted by long store lines

Nov 02, 2013

Apple's iPad Air tablet greeted by long store lines

Apple Inc.’s iPad Air tablet computer hit the shelves Friday in Japan, where Apple products are proving extremely popular, with more than 300 fans lining up in front of an Apple store in central Tokyo. The fifth model of the iPad series, offered at ...

Except for cellphones, U.S. FAA OKs in-flight use of electronic gadgets

Nov 02, 2013

Except for cellphones, U.S. FAA OKs in-flight use of electronic gadgets

Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated guidelines issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration. But passengers shouldn’t expect ...

Nov 02, 2013

Foreign A-bomb survivors ask Abe to correct Hiroshima remarks

Six groups representing non-Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings are pressing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to correct his remarks that the Japanese are the “only people” to have experienced nuclear devastation in war. When Abe gave the annual prime minister speeches at the anniversary ...

Nov 02, 2013

A lesson in energy diversification

Nearly three years after the Fukushima meltdowns shattered four decades of increasing reliance on nuclear power, Japan has yet to set a course to determine what energy sources it will tap.

Banksy Nazi picture auctioned for N.Y. charity

Nov 02, 2013

Banksy Nazi picture auctioned for N.Y. charity

British artist Banksy has donated a “vandalized” oil painting to a New York thrift shop to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for HIV patients and the homeless. It was the latest stunt in the graffiti superstar’s monthlong pop-up New York street exhibition, which ...

Nov 02, 2013

B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls

by Ed Odeven

Defending champion Yokohama B-Corsairs had no answer for the high-energy Iwate Big Bulls in their bj-league series opener on Friday. Yokohama failed to mount a serious comeback in the second half as Iwate imposed its will on the game. The Big Bulls rolled to ...

Murakami fourth after Cup of China short program

Nov 02, 2013

Murakami fourth after Cup of China short program

Japan’s Kanako Murakami placed fourth in the women’s short program on Friday at the Cup of China, the third of six events in the Grand Prix series. Murakami, the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist, scored 57.33 points, 8.70 behind leader Adelina Sotnikova of Russia. ...

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

Nov 02, 2013

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

The Japan rugby team faces one of the hardest tasks in sport Saturday when it takes on the world champion All Blacks at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. In 110 years, the New Zealand national team has played 508 tests and been victorious ...

Urawa looking to end title drought in Nabisco Cup final

Nov 02, 2013

Urawa looking to end title drought in Nabisco Cup final

Former Asian champions Urawa Reds hope to end a six-year title drought in Saturday’s Nabisco Cup final against Emperor’s Cup holders Kashiwa Reysol. Reds have not won a single trophy since rising to the top of the continent with victory in the 2007 Asian ...