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Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

May 01, 2014

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

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The construction industry is raising wages and selling bonds as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies cause labor shortages and a need for funds. Obayashi Corp., the country’s second-largest contractor by market value, raised ¥10 billion in a sale last Friday of five-year bonds ...

Advisers assess Japan Times performance after INYT tie-up

May 01, 2014

Advisers assess Japan Times performance after INYT tie-up

Now that The Japan Times is being distributed together with the International New York Times, the advisory board members agreed that there should be a newsroom shift toward even more coverage of Japan. Lin Kobayashi, founder of International School of Asia, Karuizawa, said increased ...

Discontent may dim al-Maliki poll hopes

| May 01, 2014

Discontent may dim al-Maliki poll hopes

If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wins a third four-year term in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, he is likely to rely on a narrow sectarian Shiite base, only fueling divisions as Iraq slides deeper into bloody Shiite-Sunni hatreds. After eight years in power, al-Maliki ...

Manga about work at Fukushima No. 1 stirs locals' ire

May 01, 2014

Manga about work at Fukushima No. 1 stirs locals' ire

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Cartoon characters who suffered nosebleeds after a visit to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are turning into a headache for manga publisher Shogakukan. Locals are apparently angry about the “misleading” depictions in an episode of the popular manga series “Oishinbo” published Monday in ...

Anime-themed Japanese sword exhibition to open in Paris

May 01, 2014

Anime-themed Japanese sword exhibition to open in Paris

An exhibition showcasing traditional Japanese swords as well as replicas of blades that appeared in the animated series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” opened at the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris on Wednesday. The “Evangelion and Japanese Swords” show was devised jointly by the Bizen Osafune ...

May 01, 2014

Japan, China, S. Korea to jointly tackle PM2.5 problem

Japan, China and South Korea issued on Tuesday a joint statement stipulating their concerted efforts to resolve environmental issues such as the concentration of PM2.5 fine pollutants. The communique was adopted by Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, Chinese Vice Environmental Protection Minister Li Ganjie and ...

May 01, 2014

Russia vows to hit back at Japan over travel ban

Moscow on Tuesday vowed to hit back at Japan over its decision to deny visas to 23 Russian nationals as part of additional sanctions linked to the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian foreign ministry said that Tokyo’s decision was “met with disappointment in Moscow, ...

May 01, 2014

Risky medical deregulation

The government should give up its attempt to introduce mixed medical treatment and instead speed up the process for approving coverage and use of new drugs and medical technologies under the public health insurance system.

Fast lane awaits kabuki actor's bold lead debut

May 01, 2014

Fast lane awaits kabuki actor's bold lead debut

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Some roles demand quick changes of clothes or character, but in the whole wide world of theater, “Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise” (“A Blushing Maple Perspires in Public”) — aka “Date no Juyaku” (“The 10 Roles of the Date House”) — is probably the ...

Swallows pound starter Seddon, Giants

May 01, 2014

Swallows pound starter Seddon, Giants

Masato Furuno worked into the seventh en route to his first win of the season and his teammates gave Yomiuri starter Chris Seddon a beating as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows routed the Giants 9-1 on Wednesday evening. Yakult hit one line drive after another ...

Clips storm back in Game 5

May 01, 2014

Clips storm back in Game 5

On an exceptional, emotional night, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to their “safe haven” and moved to the brink of winning just their third playoff series since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981. Sterling wasn’t there to witness the 113-103 victory over the ...

Brilliant Real reaches final

May 01, 2014

Brilliant Real reaches final

Sergio Ramos has his redemption, Cristiano Ronaldo has his goal record and Real Madrid is one win away from the long-awaited “Decima.” Real Madrid carried out coach Carlo Ancelotti’s game plan to perfection and routed title holder Bayern Munich 4-0 on Tuesday to reach ...

Flyers beat Rangers to force Game 7

May 01, 2014

Flyers beat Rangers to force Game 7

Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers are going back to New York for Game 7. There is no time to waste, too. Simmonds scored three goals, Steve Mason stopped 34 shots and the Flyers beat the Rangers 5-2 on Tuesday night to even their ...

Fernandez sparkles against Braves

May 01, 2014

Fernandez sparkles against Braves

Jose Fernandez got booed for not running out a grounder, and felt a tiny twinge of disappointment about not getting a chance to finish off what could have been his first complete game. Everything else for the Miami Marlins’ young ace went perfectly once ...