Jun 29, 2012

Fewer users inclined to recycle cellphones

For the first time in three years, the number of mobile phones recycled in Japan was down in fiscal 2011, a reflection of the tendency of people to hang on to their handsets even after canceling their contracts, according to the Telecommunications Carriers Association. ...

Wife writes of divorcing radiation-scared Ozawa

Jun 15, 2012

Wife writes of divorcing radiation-scared Ozawa

The wife of Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa has divorced him, saying he fled Tokyo soon after the Fukushima nuclear crisis started last March out of fear of radiation, according to the weekly Shukan Bunshun, citing a letter it says she wrote ...

Fugitive hid in city, in plain sight

Jun 9, 2012

Fugitive hid in city, in plain sight

Police have been hunting Katsuya Takahashi since Aum Shinrikyo waged its nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, mobilizing thousands of officers over the last 17 years. But Takahashi, 54, the final Aum fugitive wanted in the terrorist attack, lived for ...

May 31, 2012

Panel likely to delay start of 10% price hike by Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s hoped-for 10 percent price hike for households will probably not kick in on July 1 because a government panel scrutinizing the plan faces no deadline for reaching a judgement, an official in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said ...

May 29, 2012

'Various reasons' halted sex slave exhibit: Nikon

Nikon Corp. canceled its planned photo exhibition of wartime sex slaves for “various reasons,” the major camera maker has announced. Although Nikon declined to state the specific reasons for the cancellation, a company spokesman admitted it received a number of complaints about the event, ...

Japan's stellar speller ready for global contest

May 25, 2012

Japan's stellar speller ready for global contest

Natural learner Haruka Masuda’s secret is reading, reading and reading. The 12-year-old champion of The 3rd Japan Times Spelling Bee in March is set for the global stage, where she will compete with 277 other contestants from the United States and other countries in ...

Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building set to reopen

May 24, 2012

Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building set to reopen

An “old and new” landmark will soon be back up and running at JR Tokyo Station. The red-brick Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, designated in 2003 as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, has been undergoing a major refurbishment since 2007 to restore its original ...

Spooked lemurs avoid the ground after celestial event

May 22, 2012

Spooked lemurs avoid the ground after celestial event

Possibly influenced by the annular eclipse Monday morning, 23 ring-tailed lemurs at the Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama stayed in palm trees and on poles instead of coming down to eat as usual around 7 a.m., said Akira Kato, general manager of the zoo ...

May 17, 2012

Tepco halts dividends, so metro buses to run red ink

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s bus operations, running in the black since 2003, probably lost money for the first time for fiscal 2011, and the major reason is the dividends from Tokyo Electric Power Co. shares have dried up. While many bus operators, public and ...