Severe penalties sought for Riken, Obokata over STAP scandal

Jun 13, 2014

Severe penalties sought for Riken, Obokata over STAP scandal

A third-party reform panel set up by the government-backed Riken institute has called for severe penalties for stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata and her supervisors, and for the biology center where she works to be disbanded. The proposal was submitted Thursday to Riken President ...

Police to flood Shibuya as Japan kicks off World Cup campaign

Jun 11, 2014

Police to flood Shibuya as Japan kicks off World Cup campaign

Tokyo police will deploy about 800 officers in the Shibuya area Sunday to control crowds and reduce jams, noise and possible vandalism as Japan faces Cote d’Ivoire in the opening round of soccer’s World Cup. “We expect considerable congestion with soccer fans, shoppers and ...

Popularity of 'kendama' abroad spurs trend at home

Jun 11, 2014

Popularity of 'kendama' abroad spurs trend at home

The traditional cup-and-ball game “kendama” is back, thanks to a new “cool” image mostly nurtured overseas and imported back to Japan. “Definitely, people who had never been associated with kendama, especially young people (in their 20s and 30s), have become hooked for a year ...

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Jun 9, 2014

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Nissan Motor Co., moving to expand its lineup of eco-friendly vehicles here, said Monday it will launch its first all-electric commercial-use vehicle in October. “While our competitors are coming to market with their first electric vehicle, we’re breaking convention once again by expanding and ...

Jun 6, 2014

Olympics advisory panel mixed bag

The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has set up an advisory council consisting of 170 people from various parts of society to make sure the games are an “all-Japan” effort. Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, who was convicted of insider trading and falsifying financial statements ...

Jun 2, 2014

Latest email in cyberriddler case likely a prank

An email sent to media outlets by someone claiming to be “the real culprit” in the cyberriddler case is likely a prank, sources say. “Yusuke Katayama denied sending the email, and I think it was a prank,” Hiroshi Sato, the lawyer representing the suspect ...

May 30, 2014

Tokyo panel to boost transport system links

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government set up a panel Friday to come up with a plan to improve coordination among the capital’s train, bus and subway systems. “(Tokyo) has a highly condensed and safe transportation system, unlike any other in the world. But each transportation ...

May 27, 2014

JAMA chairman downplays dangers for automakers

Fumihiko Ike, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said Tuesday he doesn’t think last week’s military coup will have a major impact on the production operations of Japanese carmakers in Thailand. “There have been some protest rallies, but there were few cases in ...