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IAEA starts review at Fukushima

Nov 26, 2013

IAEA starts review at Fukushima

A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency begins reviewing Tepco's efforts to scrap the crippled reactors at Fukushima No. 1.

One dead, three hurt in blast at plant

Nov 26, 2013

One dead, three hurt in blast at plant

One person died and two others sustained injuries and were taken to a hospital after an explosion Monday at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.’s Yahata plant in Fukuoka Prefecture, according to the local fire department. The man who was killed was in his ...

Thai protesters force way into government ministries

Nov 26, 2013

Thai protesters force way into government ministries

Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand occupied parts of two government ministries Monday, turning up the pressure in their offensive against the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Protesters say they want Yingluck to step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her brother, ...

Boeing warns of ice risk for GE-powered 787s

Nov 26, 2013

Boeing warns of ice risk for GE-powered 787s

by Chris Cooper

Boeing Co. told airlines that some Dreamliners with General Electric Co. engines must bypass thunderstorms as a precautionary measure, the latest advisory on the 787 that was grounded globally earlier this year. Dreamliners, powered by the GEnx engines, must avoid flying within 50 nautical ...

Pyongyang meth pipeline thriving

Nov 26, 2013

Pyongyang meth pipeline thriving

An international drug trafficker was caught on tape this year making a “Breaking Bad”-worthy boast about his ability to provide the U.S. market with mass quantities of methamphetamine — not the highly valuable blue meth, but still potent and from a unique source. “We ...

Legendary Akihabara Radio Store closing its doors after six decades

Nov 26, 2013

Legendary Akihabara Radio Store closing its doors after six decades

The Akihabara Radio Store, the shopping center of small merchants that pioneered the development of Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood as the world’s largest commercial district for electronics, will be open for the last time this Saturday. Facing a decline in customers, the owners decided last ...

National Stadium plan hit as too grandiose

| Nov 26, 2013

National Stadium plan hit as too grandiose

by Masaaki Kameda

The new National Stadium planned for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has come under the spotlight due to its huge size and massive costs, and for a design critics say doesn’t fit in with its surroundings. Following are questions and answers regarding construction of the ...

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

Nov 26, 2013

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

by Patrice Novotny

Spotting a foreign car on Japanese streets is fairly uncommon — particularly from the big American companies — a point being underscored at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is the third time major U.S. automakers, including General Motors and Ford, have skipped the show, ...

Kennedy makes first visit to Tohoku

Nov 26, 2013

Kennedy makes first visit to Tohoku

New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited Miyagi Prefecture on Monday for the first time since assuming her post and was briefed on the devastation wrought by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region. During her visit, Kennedy met with Miyagi ...

Nov 26, 2013

Children victimized on online boards

Children under 18 are falling victim to sexual and other crimes by exchanging identification information for free telephone and communications apps such as the popular Line texting service, National Police Agency data show.

City crushes hapless Spurs

Nov 26, 2013

City crushes hapless Spurs

Free-scoring Manchester City moved ominously into the Premier League’s top four by embarrassing Tottenham 6-0, but Manchester United’s revival was halted by a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff on Sunday. Spurs arrived at Etihad Stadium with the league’s best defensive record ...

Ogawa, Norimoto win Rookie of the Year awards

Nov 26, 2013

Ogawa, Norimoto win Rookie of the Year awards

Right-handers Yasuhiro Ogawa of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and Takahiro Norimoto of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were named Rookie of the Year on Monday in the Central and Pacific Leagues, respectively. The 23-year-old Ogawa garnered 252 of 273 eligible votes in the CL ...

Pacquiao to visit typhoon-hit area

Nov 26, 2013

Pacquiao to visit typhoon-hit area

Manny Pacquiao is preparing for a visit to the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban in the coming days, returning to the Philippines with his boxing career back on the upswing after an impressive victory over Brandon Rios. Pacquiao said after his win at The Venetian ...

Kisenosato primed for yokozuna promotion bid

Nov 26, 2013

Kisenosato primed for yokozuna promotion bid

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council confirmed Monday that ozeki Kisenosato will get his second shot at promotion to sumo’s highest rank at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in January. Hitoshi Uchiyama, who heads the JSA’s advisory council, said he expects the ...

Ski jumper Takanashi aims to catch wind for Sochi

Nov 26, 2013

Ski jumper Takanashi aims to catch wind for Sochi

Women’s World Cup ski jumping champion Sara Takanashi vowed Monday to catch a “good wave” as she set out on the new season to chase a rare winter Olympic gold medal for Japan at the Sochi Games. “I’ve not jumped over the snow yet ...

Cardinals reach deal to sign All-Star infielder Peralta

Nov 26, 2013

Cardinals reach deal to sign All-Star infielder Peralta

Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer. The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the ...