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Tepco shrugs off activist investors

Jun 27, 2014

Tepco shrugs off activist investors

by Kazuaki Nagata

Tokyo Electric Power Co. shot down a bevy of anti-nuclear policy proposals lobbed up by irate shareholders at its annual meeting Thursday in Tokyo and vowed instead to restart its idled reactors. Some 2,150 shareholders attended the meeting in Chiyoda Ward. Outside, anti-nuclear activists ...

Sony to buy Britain's CSC media group in TV network push

Jun 27, 2014

Sony to buy Britain's CSC media group in TV network push

Sony Corp.’s movie and TV unit will snap up Britain’s CSC media network, adding to a string of acquisitions designed to shift its focus from movies to higher-margin television programing. Sony Pictures Television, the company’s TV programing and network unit, said on Thursday it ...

Five years on, Jackson fans around the world remember King of Pop

Jun 27, 2014

Five years on, Jackson fans around the world remember King of Pop

Michael Jackson fans from around the world laid flowers Wednesday at the mausoleum where the pop icon is interred, grieving but also celebrating on the fifth anniversary of his shocking death. Around 100 fans, some dressed as the self-proclaimed King of Pop, gathered at ...

Panasonic on track to finish reforms in '14

Jun 27, 2014

Panasonic on track to finish reforms in '14

The president of Panasonic Corp. said Thursday that the electronics giant’s restructuring will be completed this fiscal year and be used as a springboard for reaching group sales of ¥10 trillion in fiscal 2018. “We will position the current business year as the time ...

Jun 27, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Jun 27, 2014

EU drops restrictions on JR firms

The European Union has broadly agreed to accept a request to exempt three Japanese railways from obligations under a global government procurement pact, an EU source said Wednesday. Asked whether the EU will agree to remove the three firms from the list covered by ...

Steps for women, foreigners ring hollow

Jun 27, 2014

Steps for women, foreigners ring hollow

by Tomoyuki Tachikawa

Doubts are growing over whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can advance policy proposals to promote foreigners and women, given the realities of this highly conservative nation. In his revamped economic growth strategy finalized Tuesday, Abe’s government pledged to increase the number of foreign and ...

Jun 27, 2014

Ensure stability of pension fund

It would be a mistake to view the Abe administration's shakeup of the Government Pension Investment Fund as a short-term shot in the arm for the stock market rather than as a way to stabilize the nation's public pension system.

Jun 27, 2014

Old silk mill gains new importance

Gunma Prefecture's Tomioka Silk Mill, which UNESCO has decided to add to the World Cultural Heritage List, symbolizes 19th-century Japan's efforts to become a member of the industrialized world.

Facing death at the Earth's highest reaches

Jun 27, 2014

Facing death at the Earth's highest reaches

by Kaori Shoji

Peter Hillary was born in 1954, one year after his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men in history to stand on the summit of Mount Everest. Peter provided the voice-over for his father’s character in a new ...

'Kawaki (The World of Kanako)'

Jun 27, 2014

'Kawaki (The World of Kanako)'

by Mark Schilling

Some parents pride themselves on knowing their teenage children, and some parents truly don’t have a clue. There is a fair amount of overlap between the two groups, especially when the teenagers try to please Mom and Dad while going their own sweet way. ...

'Beyond the Edge'

Jun 27, 2014

'Beyond the Edge'

by Kaori Shoji

Ah yes, adventure movies. We love the plight of the guy who’s unlikely to make it, just as much as the sight of him defying the odds. Back in the 20th century these movies inspired us to get off our butts and hit a ...

'Transcendence'

Jun 27, 2014

'Transcendence'

by Giovanni Fazio

Has the digital backlash begun? Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” both open this weekend, and while they’re very different films — one with a nerdy guy falling in love with his sultry-voiced operating system, the other a mind-bending thriller about uploading human ...

Nishikori advances to third round

Jun 27, 2014

Nishikori advances to third round

Kei Nishikori cruised into the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday after dispatching American qualifier Denis Kudla with ease 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. It was the third consecutive year that Nishikori reached the third round at the All England Club. After a slightly rocky start, ...

Lincecum no-hits Pads for 2nd time

Jun 27, 2014

Lincecum no-hits Pads for 2nd time

Tim Lincecum’s days of dominance may be in the past. That doesn’t mean he can’t dial up flashes of the Freak he once was — especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, ...

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Jun 27, 2014

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first ...

France tops group despite scoreless draw with Ecuador

Jun 27, 2014

France tops group despite scoreless draw with Ecuador

France’s much-vaunted attack missed a series of chances as it drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans bowed out of the tournament. France, which ended with seven points, had scored eight ...

Zaccheroni steps down after Japan's poor World Cup showing

Jun 27, 2014

Zaccheroni steps down after Japan's poor World Cup showing

Alberto Zaccheroni quit as Japan coach in the wake of the Asian champion’s disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup, saying the team needed a fresh influence. Zaccheroni, who was appointed in 2010 on a four-year contract, announced the decision on Wednesday after earlier ...