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Treasures of the Shoso-in hoard on display

Oct 25, 2014

Treasures of the Shoso-in hoard on display

The 66th annual exhibition of important cultural artifacts from the Shoso-in treasure house opened to the public on Friday with 59 items on display, including over a half dozen appearing for the first time. Included in the displays of artifacts from the Nara Period ...

Oct 15, 2014

Green energy tariffs draw scrutiny

A committee involved with the nation’s energy policy met Wednesday to discuss revisions to the 2-year-old feed-in tariff system for renewable energy. It will also investigate a utility that recently halted renewable electricity purchases under the system by claiming it didn’t have the capacity ...

Wave of local elections likely to be held in April

Oct 10, 2014

Wave of local elections likely to be held in April

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government decided Friday that next year’s nationwide round of local elections will be held on April 12 and 26. Under a bill approved by the Cabinet and expected to clear the Diet, elections for 11 prefectural governors and the mayors ...

Technology, business rub elbows at STS confab

Oct 5, 2014

Technology, business rub elbows at STS confab

The annual Science and Technology in Society Forum, a three-day international gathering of scientists, engineers, university and government officials and corporate heads, kicked off Sunday with discussions on issues ranging from climate change to energy efficiency. Drawing more than 1,000 participants from 80 countries, ...

Oct 1, 2014

Osaka mayor prepares to tackle anti-Korean group Zaitokukai

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto is finalizing plans for a public debate with the right-wing, anti-Korean group Zaitokukai over the definition of hate speech and the need to balance freedom of expression with others’ human rights. The debate, expected to take place in Osaka sometime ...