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Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

Jul 22, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents. Municipalities within 30 km of nuclear ...

Jul 2, 2014

TPP nations set to meet in Ottawa as U.S. pushes for deal

Officials from the 12 countries involved in a Pacific free trade initiative will seek to advance their stalled talks during a meeting in Ottawa starting Thursday, following U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for an agreement on the framework by November. While advocates of the ...

| May 21, 2014

TPP talks progress, no completion

A broad Pacific trade accord appears nowhere in sight after ministers from 12 countries failed to specify a timeline for striking a deal, despite the efforts of Japan and the United States to inject impetus by highlighting the progress they made on tariffs in ...

'Dog yoga' catching on with pet lovers and their canines

Jan 3, 2014

'Dog yoga' catching on with pet lovers and their canines

An unusual fitness practice whose adherents believe strengthens the bond between dog and owner has taken hold among devotees of the two- and four-legged variety. “Dog yoga” — which, as the name suggests, incorporates dogs with aspects of the ancient exercise discipline — lets ...

Bridging Japan-U.S. gaps key to keeping TPP ball rolling

| Dec 11, 2013

Bridging Japan-U.S. gaps key to keeping TPP ball rolling

After failing to reach a deal by the much-touted 2013 deadline, the 12 economies negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership have pledged to keep striving for solutions to thorny issues, with the prospect of Japan-U.S. talks over farm products and cars as one of the keys ...

Race is on to develop self-driving autos

Oct 18, 2013

Race is on to develop self-driving autos

Cars that drive themselves used to be a pipe dream, only to be seen in the movies. But with cars already packed with information technology, the idea is no longer far-fetched for global automakers, and the competition is heating up. U.S. companies are leading ...

Nov 29, 2012

Southeast Asia draws renewed look as investment destination

Japanese firms have renewed their focus on Southeast Asian countries as investment destinations as they increasingly seek to disperse their operations from China amid the Senkakus territorial dispute. China has long been one of the key overseas investment hubs for Japanese firms, which have ...

Nov 10, 2012

Senkakus backlash slashes carmakers' earnings outlook

Rampant anti-Japan sentiment in China looks certain to slash the full-year earnings results of Japanese automakers operating in the country, although some analysts argue the bitter fallout from the Senkakus row could become a stepping stone to enhanced global competitiveness. In October, Japan’s major ...