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Kadena moms demand truth

Jan 22, 2014

Kadena moms demand truth

by Jon Mitchell

Six months ago, dangerous levels of dioxin were discovered near two U.S. Department of Defense schools on Okinawa Island — but only now are many service members based there learning the full extent of the contamination.

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

Jan 22, 2014

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

by Takashi Amano and Mariko Yasu

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata, who tripled revenue by introducing hits like the Wii console, is coming under fire from investors and analysts after the company’s latest game machine flopped. Though Iwata had vowed to deliver ¥100 billion in operating profit this fiscal year, ...

76% of students graduating in March have jobs

Jan 22, 2014

76% of students graduating in March have jobs

More than three-quarters of university students graduating this March have a job lined up for April, up for the third straight year, according to a government survey released Tuesday. The percentage as of Dec. 1 was 76.6 percent, up 1.6 percentage points from a ...

Kiev morphs into virtual war zone

Jan 22, 2014

Kiev morphs into virtual war zone

In normal times, Grushevsky Street is one of the nicest avenues in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. But now its cobble stones have been ripped out by demonstrators to use as weapons in their standoff with police. Separated by 20 meters of no-man’s land and protected ...

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

Jan 22, 2014

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

A wire connected to his genitals, a Chinese man says doctors administered repeated electric shocks as he watched a pornographic film — part of treatment he hoped would eliminate his sexual attraction to men. “I thought I’d try and see if there was a ...

'Eho-maki' fair; EU Gateway Programme

| Jan 22, 2014

'Eho-maki' fair; EU Gateway Programme

seasonal ‘Eho-maki’ fair In preparation for the Setsubun festival on Feb. 3, the shopping facilities in Tokyo Station: Gransta, Gransta Dining and Central Street will hold a special fair featuring “eho-maki” sushi rolls and roll cakes between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3. Setsubun, which ...

Boy latest in line of spinning top artists

Jan 22, 2014

Boy latest in line of spinning top artists

by Hironari Suzuki

A 10-year-old boy has become the successor to a line of performers who keep alive the traditional art of spinning tops called Chikuzen Hakata Koma, which has been designated by Fukuoka Prefecture as an intangible cultural asset. These performers execute moves such as spinning ...

Low-priced 'generic' household appliances gaining popularity

Jan 22, 2014

Low-priced 'generic' household appliances gaining popularity

by Satoshi Toi

So-called generic home appliances are growing increasingly popular with consumers who place priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brand recognition. In the industry, generic home appliances are “no-brand” products or ones coming from little-known brands that use older technology. They ...

Abe eyes land-price reflation in zones to spur building boom

Jan 22, 2014

Abe eyes land-price reflation in zones to spur building boom

by Chikako Mogi

Japan wants to trigger a jump in inner-city property prices by loosening building restrictions in test zones under “Abenomics,” a government adviser said. “Central-city property prices will likely rise when various plans are announced,” Tatsuo Hatta, 70, a member of a government council on ...

Jan 22, 2014

Japan's nuclear waste problem

The government plans to step up its efforts to select a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power generation despite having searched for more than a decade, without success, to find a willing host community.

Jan 22, 2014

Collision in the Inland Sea

The Japan Coast Guard and the Japan Transport Safety are investigating the details of the most recent collision between an MSDF ship and a fishing boat, this time in the Inland Sea.

Jan 22, 2014

Japan heading for darker days

by Takamitsu Sawa

It's still baffling why the Abe administration was in such a hurry to have the state secrets bill passed when various opinion surveys showed that the bill was opposed by about 80 percnet of respondens on the very day the Upper House voted on ...

Jan 22, 2014

Ventla, i-fls and the road out of the Web

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo bedroom producer Ventla has one goal and one goal only. “Ventla is in the process of releasing 100 digital albums for free over the coming years,” he declares on his website. So far, the relatively anonymous music maker has achieved a quarter of ...

Li rumbles into semifinals

Jan 22, 2014

Li rumbles into semifinals

Li Na has exciting young teenager Eugenie Bouchard standing in the way of a second consecutive Australian Open final after the Chinese star crushed Flavia Pennetta to make the last four on Tuesday. The fourth seed demolished the Italian 6-2, 6-2 to set up ...

Boston's Uehara, Tazawa visit Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo

Jan 22, 2014

Boston's Uehara, Tazawa visit Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo

Boston Red Sox pitchers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa met Tuesday with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy during a tour to share the 2013 World Series trophy with baseball fans in in the country. Earlier in the day, the two pitchers presented Prime ...

Yokozuna Hakuho stays on target for 28th career title

Jan 22, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho stays on target for 28th career title

Yokozuna Hakuho dispensed with sumo old-timer Kyokutenho to keep his clean slate, while ozeki Kakuryu stayed hot in pursuit one behind with a smackdown of Goeido at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Hakuho improved to 10-0, moving a step closer toward ...

49ers decry Sherman's lack of class, rip him as 'ignorant'

Jan 22, 2014

49ers decry Sherman's lack of class, rip him as 'ignorant'

San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner was irked at any Seattle fans involved with throwing popcorn and other debris on injured linebacker NaVorro Bowman as he was carted off at CenturyLink Field. “That’s pure ignorance,” said Whitner, who noted losing to the rival Seahawks ...

Parsons, Howard catapult Rockets past Trail Blazers

Jan 22, 2014

Parsons, Howard catapult Rockets past Trail Blazers

The last time the Houston Rockets scored more than 70 points in a first half they followed it with a franchise-low 19 points after halftime. They had no such letdown Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 31 points ...

Tortorella gets ban from NHL

Jan 22, 2014

Tortorella gets ban from NHL

The NHL has suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames. Tortorella went to Calgary’s locker room at intermission following the first period Saturday night, which began with several ...

Jeter goes throughfirst workout on field

Jan 22, 2014

Jeter goes throughfirst workout on field

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has resumed on-field work for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short. The Yankees captain hit off a tee in a batting cage and fielded 108 grounders on the grass in front of the infield ...