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Air France to start Haneda-Paris run

Mar 14, 2014

Air France to start Haneda-Paris run

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Air France will launch direct flights between Haneda airport in Tokyo and Paris on March 30, aiming to provide a more convenient alternative with business travelers particularly in mind. The airline currently flies only to Narita International Airport, which is much farther from the ...

31 companies join Tokyo job fair for Saudi students

Mar 14, 2014

31 companies join Tokyo job fair for Saudi students

Saudi students received briefings from around 30 companies Thursday at a job fair organized by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo. It is rare for an embassy to sponsor an event to help its own citizens in Japan find jobs. This year’s job fair, ...

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Mar 14, 2014

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Nuclear regulators decided Thursday to prioritize safety reviews for two reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, which could mean they are the closest in the nation to restarting. Seventeen reactors at 10 power plants are awaiting inspection to determine whether they satisfy ...

Seven & I welcomes 1,219 recruits

Mar 14, 2014

Seven & I welcomes 1,219 recruits

Seven & I Holdings Co. welcomed 1,219 new employees to its 14 group companies on Thursday, up 39 from a year earlier. “Serving customers will be a tough job in the face of the consumption tax hike in April,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ...

E-cigarettes: fresh air or just smoke and mirrors?

| Mar 14, 2014

E-cigarettes: fresh air or just smoke and mirrors?

On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood in downtown New York, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready ...

Panasonic China staff  get pay for pollution

Mar 14, 2014

Panasonic China staff get pay for pollution

Electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it will give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country’s hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company. The move was part of a wider deal reached in the annual labor ...

Disaster-hit school sees off first grads in three years

Mar 14, 2014

Disaster-hit school sees off first grads in three years

A junior high school formerly in the evacuated village of Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, held its first commencement ceremony Thursday since the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis began unfolding in March 2011. Two students — Mitsuhide Yoshida and Daisuke Sato, both 15 — graduated ...

U.S. gas can't foil Russian coercion

| Mar 14, 2014

U.S. gas can't foil Russian coercion

The United States, with its abundant supplies of natural gas, would seem to have an easy answer to Europe’s fears that a strong response to Russia’s rapid takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region could prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to shut down gas lines keeping ...

U.N. details how North sidestepping sanctions

Mar 14, 2014

U.N. details how North sidestepping sanctions

North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent United Nations sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued Tuesday said. The report claimed that North Korea is also using more complicated financial ...

China: Satellite images may show missing-plane debris

Mar 14, 2014

China: Satellite images may show missing-plane debris

Satellite images on a Chinese government website may show debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating a few days ago off the southern tip of Vietnam near the plane’s original flight path, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. The revelation could provide searchers ...

Mar 14, 2014

Thousands sue nuclear companies over Fukushima disaster

A class-action lawsuit against nuclear suppliers General Electric Co., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. has ballooned to more than 4,000 claimants seeking damages over the Fukushima crisis, according to the lead lawyer. The claimants, hailing from Japan and 32 other countries, including the United ...

Mar 14, 2014

State secrets law fatally flawed

Japan should hold off on putting the state secrets law into effect until it addresses the need for an oversight mechanism for how secrets are designated as well as a means to protect whistleblowers.

Mar 14, 2014

Regulating bitcoins

Japan will have to cooperate with other countries to prevent the use of bitcoin for illegal purposes. Some people, though, look forward to the convenience of bitcoin.

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

Mar 14, 2014

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

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After a successful debut last year, former Q-Games producer James Mielke once again shone a light on Japan’s independent gaming scene with the second edition of BitSummit, a gathering of independent developers. This year’s event, held March 7-9 in a large exhibition hall at ...

Surviving the latest trend in American cinema

Mar 14, 2014

Surviving the latest trend in American cinema

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Who is this man? The protagonist in “All is Lost” is also its sole character — an older (but astoundingly fit) stranded sailor portrayed by 77-year-old Robert Redford. He’s unnamed, and does not speak except for right at the beginning of the film when ...

'Idai Naru, Shurara-bon (The Great Shurara-bon)'

Mar 14, 2014

'Idai Naru, Shurara-bon (The Great Shurara-bon)'

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Superheroes by definition have super powers. In Japan, instead of leaping tall buildings with a single bound, these heroes often shoot energy projectiles from their hands — easy and effective, save when your opponent has more wattage. This may seem childish, but it can ...

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

Mar 14, 2014

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

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The cherry trees of Ueno Park are inspirational in full bloom. Come early spring and Tokyoites head to the area early to snag spots beneath the pink blossoms, which inspire romance, revelry and perhaps more than a few visionary ideas. More than a decade ...

Masuda's mission to take Harajuku art global

| Mar 14, 2014

Masuda's mission to take Harajuku art global

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New York is not a city one automatically associates with the Japanese concept of kawaii — lovably, irresistibly, dependably cute. But if Sebastian Masuda, the so-called “king of kawaii,” has his way, the mean streets of “Goodfellas” may one day emanate a candy-colored glow. ...

Nets overcome Heat for third time this season

Mar 14, 2014

Nets overcome Heat for third time this season

Something about facing the Miami Heat still brings out the best in Paul Pierce. Jason Kidd isn’t half-bad against them, either. Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and delivered two crucial scores late, Shaun Livingston created a turnover on ...

Djokovic stays alive

Mar 14, 2014

Djokovic stays alive

Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Marin Cilic 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, avoiding the upsets that knocked out two other top-10 players. Djokovic didn’t face a break point on his serve after the first set ...

Endo snaps losing skid with win over ozeki Kisenosato

Mar 14, 2014

Endo snaps losing skid with win over ozeki Kisenosato

Endo got the biggest win of his young career, beating ozeki Kisenosato Thursday to emerge from a dark tunnel after four straight days of defeats against the top echelon at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Undefeated yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji are still in ...

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Mar 14, 2014

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino announced Thursday that his team’s first draft pick last season, 18-year-old pitcher Yuki Matsui, will be in the starting rotation from opening day. “He’s going to be there, and he’ll be in the front end of the ...