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Jan 31, 2014

Firms that made No. 1 plant sued

by Mari Yamaguchi

Some 1,400 people file a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

Jan 31, 2014

Tepco logs first black ink since nuclear crisis started

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Friday reported its first nine-month profit for the April-December period since the 2011 nuclear crisis at its Fukushima No. 1 complex started, amid continuing cost-cutting efforts and electricity rate hikes. Tepco posted a group pretax profit of ¥189.22 billion ...

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

Jan 31, 2014

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

by Ayako Mie

In a bid to dodge criticism that he is unqualified to lead NHK, its embattled president, Katsuto Momii, tells the Diet the contentious remarks at his first official press conference were not the broadcaster's official views but his own.

Jan 31, 2014

Foreign workers in Japan hit record 717,504

The number of foreign workers in Japan stood at 717,504 at the end of last October, up 5.1 percent from a year before, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday. The figure was the highest since it became mandatory for employers to submit ...

Jan 31, 2014

Man washes up in Marshall Islands 'after 16 months adrift'

An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific, floating more than 12,500 km from Mexico, a researcher said Friday. The man, with long hair and beard, was discovered Thursday ...

Knox co-defendant Sollecito at Italian hotel near border

Jan 31, 2014

Knox co-defendant Sollecito at Italian hotel near border

Police on Friday found Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend near Italy’s border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher. Raffaele Sollecito’s lawyer, Luca Maori, said his client was ...

Asia colorfully rings in Year of the Horse

Jan 31, 2014

Asia colorfully rings in Year of the Horse

Fireworks illuminated the skies across Asia and millions of families gathered Friday to usher in the Year of the Horse, kicking off a week of celebrations with a performance by “Braveheart” actress Sophie Marceau, among others, on China’s annual televised gala. Residents from small ...

Kindergartners' tsunami deaths hearing begins

Jan 31, 2014

Kindergartners' tsunami deaths hearing begins

Oral proceedings started Friday at the Sendai High Court in an appeal filed by a school against damages it was ordered to pay in connection with the March 11, 2011, tsunami deaths of four pupils aboard one of its buses, and both sides also ...

Convicted again, Knox faces extradition to Italy

Jan 31, 2014

Convicted again, Knox faces extradition to Italy

Amanda Knox is facing what seemed like a distant worry when she was giving national television interviews and promoting her autobiography last year: the possibility of being returned to Italy to serve decades in prison for the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Any ...

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

Jan 31, 2014

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

by Atsushi Kodera

Hay fever season has arrived in the Kanto region to the dismay of people who every year suffer sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes from “sugi” cedar or “hinoki” cypress pollen. Weathernews Inc. said the allergy season arrived a week to 10 days earlier ...

Jan 31, 2014

JFA to honor National Stadium with exhibit

The Japan Soccer Museum will host a special exhibit celebrating Tokyo’s historic National Stadium, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The stadium, which hosted the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will be closed this year for reconstruction as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Games. The ...

Jan 31, 2014

Swiss festival to mark 150 years of ties with Japan

A four-day festival of Swiss culture starting next week in Tokyo will set the stage for a year of events planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Japan, Swiss Ambassador Urs Bucher said Friday. The events are designed to be as ...

Renault-Nissan alliance seeks 7.5% more savings

Jan 31, 2014

Renault-Nissan alliance seeks 7.5% more savings

Renault and Nissan raised their goal for combined savings by 7.5 percent as the 15-year-old alliance accelerates cooperation efforts. The carmakers expect to save “at least” $5.83 billion by 2016 by stepping up joint projects in development, manufacturing, purchasing and human resources, the automaking ...