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George Takei: Gay pride is emerging in Japan

Jun 6, 2014

George Takei: Gay pride is emerging in Japan

Actor George Takei said he needed both courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. ...

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

Apr 12, 2014

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling ...

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

Apr 1, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

The greatest threat to Japan’s whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled ...

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

Mar 8, 2014

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technologies and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need. With dozens of aging ...

Jan 31, 2014

Firms that made No. 1 plant sued

Some 1,400 people file a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

End-life planning gets Imperial lift

Dec 23, 2013

End-life planning gets Imperial lift

Ever since Emperor Akihito broke a 400-year custom by opting for cremation and a smaller mausoleum, the public has been more engaged in end of life planning than ever.