May 28, 2015

April retail sales disappoint as consumption tax weighs

Retail sales rose less than forecast in April, signaling a weak start to the second quarter for an economy that is still weighed down by last year’s sales-tax increase. Sales climbed 0.4 percent from March, when they dropped 1.8 percent, government data released Thursday ...

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

May 28, 2015

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling Tuesday that Wade Robson’s ...

May 28, 2015

U.S. expands protection for streams, water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled expanded safeguards Wednesday for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. The EPA said it had finalized rules to better ensure that U.S. water protection is “precisely defined and predictably determined.” Approximately ...

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

May 28, 2015

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. “We will never stop it,” Yoshifumi Kai of the local fisheries cooperative told reporters. The news ...

May 28, 2015

Government pledges to help foreign students find jobs in Japan

The government has unveiled a package of measures to help foreign residents find jobs in Japan after studying in the country. The Cabinet Office will hold seminars to provide universities with information about corporate internships and employment support programs for students from overseas, it ...

Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 19

May 28, 2015

Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 19

Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing. More rain fell on the hard-hit Houston area, temporarily ...

May 28, 2015

Miyazawa, EU's Malmstrom agree to speed up EPA talks for deal before 2016

Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa and visiting European Union official Cecilia Malmstrom agreed Wednesday to further accelerate free trade negotiations on concluding a Japan-EU economic partnership agreement. At a meeting over dinner in Tokyo, Miyazawa told Malmstrom, European commissioner for trade, that Japan remains committed ...