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Stem-cell scientist commits suicide

Sample newspaper article STEM-CELL SCIENTIST COMMITS SUICIDE 幹細胞研究でスキャンダルに巻き込まれた上級研究者が自殺したとみられると、8月5日警察が発表した。笹井芳樹氏(52)は、神戸にある政府関連機関の理化学研究所で小保方晴子氏の指導役を務め、小保方氏と共同執筆した論文を発表したが、内容の偽造が原因で撤回された。兵庫県警によると、笹井氏は心肺停止状態だったという。理研によると、警備員が首にロープが巻かれた状態の笹井さんを発見し、急いで病院に搬送したが、2時間後に死亡が確認された。警察は、笹井氏が遺書とみられるものを残していたと発表したが、内容は明らかにしなかった。笹井氏は過去数ヶ月間は健康状態が悪化し、治療を受けていたという。 (Aug. 6) Words and phrases 幹細胞 (kansaibō) stem-cell; 研究 (kenkyū) research; 巻き込まれた (ma-ko-) embroiled; 上級 (jōkyū kenkyūsha) senior scientist; 自殺 (jisatsu) suicide; ...

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Sagi (詐欺)

Instant messenger Line has been a popular target with fraudsters in recent months, with users being asked to buy prepaid ...

| Aug 18, 2014

Teen planned murder: police

A 16-year-old girl who was arrested for allegedly killing and dismembering a high school classmate in Nagasaki Prefecture has admitted to planning the murder, investigative sources disclosed on July 29.

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

| Aug 11, 2014

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

by Kaori Shoji

Summertime in Japan is tinged with sadness, not just because we have to drag ourselves through this kirokutekina mōsho (記録的な猛暑, record-breaking heat), but because we must deal with the annual arrival of the “shūsenkinenbi (終戦記念日, the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War),” ...

| Aug 9, 2014

Pop-up

A pop-up is a temporary store that is small in size and attempts to build up interest through consumer exposure.

Scanning headlines for business clues

| Aug 4, 2014

Scanning headlines for business clues

by Mark Schreiber

Before we had the Internet, much of the work that has now been taken over by Google and other search engines was done, the old-fashioned way, by poring over secondary sources such as newspapers and magazines. In the 1980s, while working as an analyst ...

The here and there of who's who and what's what

Jul 28, 2014

The here and there of who's who and what's what

by Peter Backhaus

There are some Japanese words that act like little arrows. They are pointing devices that can be used to indicate a specific part of the wider context of what is being said. Some examples in English are “here” and “there,” “this” and “that,” “me” ...

| Jul 28, 2014

Harry Potter area opens at USJ

USJ Co. opened a new attraction area based on the "Harry Potter" movie series at its Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka on July 15. About 3,000 fans, some of whom spent the night in line, were at the park for the launch ...