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Feb 21, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.

Disaster prep to be 2020 focus: Masuzoe

Feb 21, 2014

Disaster prep to be 2020 focus: Masuzoe

by Masaaki Kameda

To help ensure that foreign visitors can enjoy the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics without concern, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe says he will focus on making the city safer from disasters, improve access to public transportation and even encourage residents to brush up on their ...

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

Feb 21, 2014

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

by Ayako Mie

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes the momentum of his economic policies raises the spirits of the Japanese people and buoys the stock market as well, decadeslong economic malaise has already crushed the hopes and dreams of many young people, who will be leading ...

Cabinet will decide defense role: Abe

Feb 21, 2014

Cabinet will decide defense role: Abe

by Ayako Mie

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that Cabinet approval is enough to change the government’s interpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 and allow Japan to help defend allied nations. Previous administrations have followed the interpretation by the Cabinet Legislation Bureau that Japan cannot exercise the ...

At least 22 dead in Ukraine as truce collapses

Feb 21, 2014

At least 22 dead in Ukraine as truce collapses

Fierce clashes between police and protesters shattered a brief truce in Ukraine’s besieged capital Thursday, leaving at least 22 people dead. Government snipers were reported to be shooting at some of the protesters. The deaths in Kiev came in a new eruption of violence ...

New C-section guidelines issued

Feb 21, 2014

New C-section guidelines issued

U.S. obstetricians are being told to show more patience in the delivery room. New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally before assuming that labor has stalled. The recommendations are the latest in years of efforts ...

Land boom gives boost to REIT bonds

Feb 21, 2014

Land boom gives boost to REIT bonds

The nation’s real estate investment trusts are offering the most bonds since 2012 as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus steps spark a property-market boom and cut costs for REITs to refinance. Five issuers, including Sekisui House SI Investment Co. and GLP J-Reit, have sold ...

Four divers heading home after ordeal off Bali

Feb 21, 2014

Four divers heading home after ordeal off Bali

Four of the five Japanese women rescued some 75 hours after their seven-member group disappeared while scuba diving off Indonesia’s Bali Island were discharged from hospital on Thursday, while the search continued for one still missing. Ngurah Jaya Kusuma, medical services and nursing director ...

Australian missionary held in North Korea, family says

Feb 21, 2014

Australian missionary held in North Korea, family says

An Australian missionary who carried Christian pamphlets into North Korea has been detained there, his family said Wednesday. John Short, 75, has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years and has been arrested previously in China for evangelizing. Short was questioned and then arrested ...

Twin bomb blasts rock Beirut as violence seeps from Syria

Feb 21, 2014

Twin bomb blasts rock Beirut as violence seeps from Syria

Two suicide bombers blew up their cars near an Iranian cultural center in Beirut on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding scores, including children in an orphanage, in the latest attack targeting Shiite areas in Lebanon. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for ...

Feb 21, 2014

Group to study DNA of cows near crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

A team of Japanese and U.S. scientists have launched a study to analyze the effects of radiation exposure on cows raised near the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. Researchers from Kitasato University and the University of South Carolina have begun analyzing the DNA ...

Feb 21, 2014

Legacy of carnage and ruin

by William Pfaff

This is probably the last year of the three-decades-long U.S. effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia. The U.S. departure will leave behind much carnage and ruin.

Feb 21, 2014

Expanding the temp workforce

A labor law revision being prepared by the government would remove the three-year limit on dispatching temporary workers to the same job, and thus expand the ranks of a workforce that traditionally has had little job security and received less pay than regular employees.

Feb 21, 2014

Joining the child-abduction treaty

After years of delay, Japan is preparing to accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, effective April 1. The question now is how to carry out the convention fairly and reliably for the Japanese children and parents concerned.

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

| Feb 21, 2014

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

In this column, it has been my sworn duty to share Tokyo’s bounty of kid-friendly activities with interested parents like you. I hope earlier columns indicate that I take this responsibility seriously, striving to showcase only places that add much-needed components of fun, culture ...

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

Feb 21, 2014

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

by Mark Schilling

Takashi Yamazaki’s World War II drama “Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero),” whose pilot hero joins the tokkōtai (kamikaze) suicide squadron in the closing days of the war, has soared to the box office heights since its Dec. 21 release. After ranking No. 1 ...

'Tokyo Nanmin (Refugee in Tokyo)'

Feb 21, 2014

'Tokyo Nanmin (Refugee in Tokyo)'

by Mark Schilling

It can be easy to fall through the cracks of many societies, even one like Japan’s that seems to have a wide safety net, beginning with Mom and Dad. I found out just how easy when I lived on the roof of a student ...

'Dallas Buyers Club'

Feb 21, 2014

'Dallas Buyers Club'

by Kaori Shoji

Who would have thought Matthew McConaughey was capable of being despicable? The actor formerly mostly noted for turning in performances of unreliable but easy-on-the-eyes boyfriend material (“Contact,” “Wedding Planner,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” etc) could be about to bag his first Oscar with his ...

'Nebraska'

Feb 21, 2014

'Nebraska'

by Giovanni Fazio

Nebraska” is a film about very little indeed. An old man on the cusp of senility, Woody Grant, gets a piece of junk mail telling him that he’s the lucky sweepstakes winner of $1 million. His wife, his two sons, his friends all tell ...

'Kick-Ass 2'

Feb 21, 2014

'Kick-Ass 2'

by Giovanni Fazio

They say that if you put 100 monkeys in a room full of typewriters for long enough, you’d eventually get some Shakespeare. But put 100 fanboys in the same room for an eternity and the results would probably still look a whole lot like ...

Snowboard couple haul in medals

Feb 21, 2014

Snowboard couple haul in medals

Vic loves Alena. Alena loves Vic. Russia loves them both. The edgy world of snowboarding took on a softer side Wednesday, weaving a Hollywood-ready story about love and marriage, gold and bronze, lifelong goals fulfilled amid just a touch of political intrigue. Vic Wild, ...

Ichiro realistic about season ahead

Feb 21, 2014

Ichiro realistic about season ahead

Ichiro Suzuki watched as the New York Yankees added Jacoby Ellsbury and then Carlos Beltran to an outfield that already included Brett Gardner and the Japanese star plus Alfonso Soriano, a backup who figures to see time at designated hitter. What did he think? ...

Power of Love too much for Pacers

Feb 21, 2014

Power of Love too much for Pacers

Kevin Love is used to carrying the beat-up Minnesota Timberwolves lately. This time, he finally had some help when he sat down to take a rest. Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds, Ricky Rubio tied a franchise high with 17 assists, and the ...

Bjoerndalen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian ever

Feb 21, 2014

Bjoerndalen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian ever

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen couldn’t avoid being in the spotlight, certainly not after becoming the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time and receiving personal congratulations from the king. The softly-spoken Norwegian tends to keep his thoughts and his emotions in check rather than in ...

Finland ends Russia's hockey dream

Feb 21, 2014

Finland ends Russia's hockey dream

The Russians dutifully shook the Finns’ hands and then skated to the center of a rink built to showcase their return to Olympic hockey dominance. When they raised their sticks in a mournful salute, they got more whistles than cheers from their devastated fans. ...