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Tepco feeling heat over fuel removal

Nov 06, 2013

Tepco feeling heat over fuel removal

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With Tepco getting ready to start removing more than 1,000 fuel rod assemblies from a cooling pool at Fukushima No. 1, global pressure is mounting to allow an international task force to monitor and assist the highly hazardous operation.

More businesses admit misrepresenting menu items

Nov 06, 2013

More businesses admit misrepresenting menu items

Major department store chains Takashimaya Co. and Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. separately said Tuesday that some of their restaurants and stores misrepresented items on their menus, becoming the latest in a string of companies to own up to food fraud. Takashimaya said the ...

Indian mission to Mars blasts off

Nov 06, 2013

Indian mission to Mars blasts off

India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars orbiter take off from the east coast island of Sriharikota and ...

'Virtual' girl,10, snares 1,000 Net sex tourists

Nov 06, 2013

'Virtual' girl,10, snares 1,000 Net sex tourists

Enlisting the help of a computer-generated 10-year-old Philippine girl, Dutch children’s rights activists turned online sex predators into their prey. In an online sting operated from an anonymous warehouse office in an Amsterdam industrial park, activists from Terre des Hommes set out to gauge ...

Pyongyang making ICBM gains: report

Nov 06, 2013

Pyongyang making ICBM gains: report

North Korea is making progress on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a first-generation nuclear warhead to the continental United States, a leading U.S. think tank said Tuesday. The closely followed 38 North website of the Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute argued that ...

TPP on Biden's agenda during visit next month

Nov 06, 2013

TPP on Biden's agenda during visit next month

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Japan, China and South Korea in the first week of December, to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials, the White House said Monday. Biden, who will ...

Unknown masterpieces found among trove stolen by Nazis

Nov 06, 2013

Unknown masterpieces found among trove stolen by Nazis

Previously unknown masterpieces by modernist painters Marc Chagall and Otto Dix were among the vast trove of works believed stolen by the Nazis and hidden in a Munich flat, an art historian said Tuesday. Meike Hoffmann, an expert aiding the investigation, said the Chagall ...

SoftBank taps lucrative game market

Nov 06, 2013

SoftBank taps lucrative game market

Supercell Oy started the year trying to break into the Japanese smartphone game market. By October, it had struck a deal with the nation’s second-richest man that valued the maker of “Clash of Clans” at $3 billion. The Finnish game-maker is seeking a bigger ...

Honda and Nissan log strong sales in China

Nov 06, 2013

Honda and Nissan log strong sales in China

Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. said sales of their new vehicles in China surged in October compared with last year, when they were severely hit by the flare-up in the Senkaku territorial dispute. Honda’s sales more than tripled to 75,150 units, compared ...

Hedge fund giant slapped with largest-ever insider trading fine

Nov 06, 2013

Hedge fund giant slapped with largest-ever insider trading fine

SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal fraud charges, stop investing money for others and pay $1.8 billion — the largest financial penalty in history for insider trading — to resolve criminal and civil claims against the hedge fund giant, the government announced ...

Nov 06, 2013

Real effect of wage increases

Despite signs that Japan Inc. may be ready to accept the prime minister's call to raise wages next spring, it's questionable whether the hikes would offest higher prices and taxes.

One Direction takes the J-pop path to success

Nov 06, 2013

One Direction takes the J-pop path to success

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By the group’s standards, it was a low-key finale. When One Direction completed its eight-month Take Me Home Tour at the second of two Makuhari Messe shows last Sunday in Chiba, it was in front of a relatively compact audience of 12,000 Japanese fans, ...

Nov 06, 2013

Hostess exists rather happily on the edge

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With international repertoire’s share of the music market down to about 15 percent, it has never been harder to break foreign acts in Japan. And given the shrinking market for non-Japanese music, it seems quixotic to set up a company specializing in bringing foreign ...

Outsider drawn to the circle of life

Nov 06, 2013

Outsider drawn to the circle of life

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The discovery and promotion of works by self-taught or outsider artists — those who are not academically trained and create their works primarily for themselves, mostly beyond the cultural-commercial mainstream — are still relatively new activities in Japan. Against this background, the success of ...

Rodgers hurt as Packers lose

Nov 06, 2013

Rodgers hurt as Packers lose

For the better part of two decades now, the Green Bay Packers backup quarterback has been little more than an afterthought. No more. With Aaron Rodgers knocked out of the game — and perhaps longer — by a shoulder injury on the first series, ...

Top stars start ATP title quest

Nov 06, 2013

Top stars start ATP title quest

Former finalist Juan Martin del Potro battled his way past Richard Gasquet to win his opening round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday after Stanislas Wawrinka grabbed the spotlight with a win in his maiden appearance at the season-ending tournament. After ...

Ducks rookie goalie Andersen improves to 4-0

Nov 06, 2013

Ducks rookie goalie Andersen improves to 4-0

The Anaheim Ducks took nothing for granted on the last day of their longest road trip of the season. They didn’t sit back and put the New York Rangers into an early hole they never got out of. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to ...