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Koizumi calls on Abe to ditch nuclear power

Nov 13, 2013

Koizumi calls on Abe to ditch nuclear power

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has abundant political capital and should declare an end to nuclear power, as the public mood for such a decision couldn’t be better, predecessor Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday. “Nobody has had more favorable conditions to achieve a nuclear-free option than ...

Nov 13, 2013

Plan to lower radiation readings OK'd

To facilitate the return of evacuees, the Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved a change in the way radiation doses are monitored around the Fukushima No. 1 power station that will effectively result in lower readings, but observers warn this could raise public mistrust.

U.S. urged to soften stance on farm tariffs

Nov 13, 2013

U.S. urged to soften stance on farm tariffs

Akira Amari, the minister for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, told U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday that Washington needs to recognize the importance to Tokyo of retaining tariffs on key agricultural products. Amari told reporters he explained to Lew in their ...

Feel in danger? Stay classy, buy a bulletproof suit

Nov 13, 2013

Feel in danger? Stay classy, buy a bulletproof suit

A Canadian tailor is releasing a three-piece suit that has everything a danger-seeking 21st-century executive could need — killer looks plus bulletproof protection that would make James Bond envious. The company, Garrison Bespoke, believes it has combined style and safety, using lightweight carbon nanotube ...

K supercomputer racing to match expectations

Nov 13, 2013

K supercomputer racing to match expectations

The K supercomputer in Kobe has been kept busy since it went into full-scale operation in September last year, reflecting the high expectations of its advanced simulation capacity. More than 100 projects using the supercomputer are currently under way. While K is preferentially assigned ...

Skyline to be Infiniti debut car in Japan

Nov 13, 2013

Skyline to be Infiniti debut car in Japan

As it takes on high-end automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Nissan Motor Co. will begin selling Infiniti models in Japan in February for the first time, 24 years after the luxury brand was born in the U.S. The first model for sale in ...

Ex-mayor lends a hand in Argentina

Nov 13, 2013

Ex-mayor lends a hand in Argentina

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Akitada Oishi, a former mayor of Hita, Oita Prefecture, is now an aid volunteer, lending his acumen as a successful municipal chief to the northern Argentine province of Salta. Oishi, 71, is assisting the administration of the province near Argentina’s borders with Bolivia and ...

Photo show spans Minamata woes

Nov 13, 2013

Photo show spans Minamata woes

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Some 60 pictures by a freelance photographer currently on display at a gallery in central Tokyo show glimpses of the half-century history of Minamata disease victims. Since his first visit to Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, in 1960 as a rookie photographer just out of college, ...

U.S. Navy throws cash at struggling schools

Nov 13, 2013

U.S. Navy throws cash at struggling schools

The first time Miguel Martinez visited a college campus, it was for a summer camp paid for by the U.S. Navy, which is investing millions to improve public education and, ultimately, potential recruits. While cash-strapped school districts are anxious for the help, critics contend ...

Russian nationalism stokes ethnic strife

| Nov 13, 2013

Russian nationalism stokes ethnic strife

When Russians celebrated the Day of National Unity last week, marchers waving imperial flags and shouting racist slogans paraded through cities across the country while ethnic minority citizens and migrants from the former Soviet Union stayed out of sight, better to avoid a beating. ...

Obama struggles with personal favorability ratings

| Nov 13, 2013

Obama struggles with personal favorability ratings

President Barack Obama’s personal favorability ratings for years have served as a political firewall that sustained him through a recession, grueling fights with congressional Republicans and the grind of a re-election campaign. But after a rough start to his second term, Americans increasingly view ...

Storm survivors desperate as aid slowly trickles in

Nov 13, 2013

Storm survivors desperate as aid slowly trickles in

Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport in the devastated Philippine city of Tacloban on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. Just ...

Nov 13, 2013

Another thorn in Tokyo-Seoul ties

Tokyo and Seoul must try to find ways to prevent recent Korean court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate former Korean laborers from straining bilateral relations further.

Nov 13, 2013

Wage hikes for a sustained recovery

After enjoying increased sales and better bottom lines, Japanese companies can do their part to put the economy back on a sustainable growth path by raising workers' wages.

Mao relishes potential duel with Kim

Nov 13, 2013

Mao relishes potential duel with Kim

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Mao Asada says she has come a long way to be ready for another gold-medal showdown with reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na during February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Mao, who took the silver medal behind her South Korean archrival at the 2010 Vancouver ...

Djokovic defeats Nadal to win ATP World Tour Finals

Nov 13, 2013

Djokovic defeats Nadal to win ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic capped off a phenomenal autumn by defending his ATP World Tour Finals title with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal in a duel between the two dominant players of the season on Monday night. There’s no doubt Djokovic is the ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji stay unbeaten in Kyushu

Nov 13, 2013

Hakuho, Harumafuji stay unbeaten in Kyushu

Hakuho disposed of Myogiryu to inch closer to his 28th career title while Harumafuji made mincemeat out of Kyokutenho on the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. After three days at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the two yokozuna lead a pack ...

Bucs hang on to earn first victory of season

Nov 13, 2013

Bucs hang on to earn first victory of season

Tampa Bay’s status as the NFL’s only winless team didn’t last long. Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the ...

Rockets edge Raptors in 20T

Nov 13, 2013

Rockets edge Raptors in 20T

The Houston Rockets were on the verge of their third straight home loss after blowing a double-digit, second-half lead for the second consecutive game. This time, guard James Harden said, the Rockets found the will to win. Jeremy Lin scored 31 points off the ...

Bettman mulls NHL fighting debate

Nov 13, 2013

Bettman mulls NHL fighting debate

When Gary Bettman approached Ray Emery during the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup celebration at the White House, many wondered what would happen. The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender had drawn leaguewide attention a few days earlier for skating the length of the ice to fight an ...

Fernandez, Myers win ROY awards

Nov 13, 2013

Fernandez, Myers win ROY awards

Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays were selected baseball’s Rookies of the Year on Monday. Fernandez stood out in a very deep National League class, and the pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a ...