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Lack of charging stations hurting EV growth

by Kazuaki Nagata

The growth potential of electric vehicles is being hampered by a lack of charging stations nationwide, industry experts say. Some analysts in the industry have noted that electric vehicle (EV) sales have been slower than anticipated since mass-produced electric vehicles debuted in Japan in 2009. However, such pessimism hasn’t deflated ...

Sep 21, 2014

Japanese, U.S. officials hold teleconference over TPP

Working-level officials of Japan and the United States held a teleconference on Saturday to narrow down topics to be discussed at an upcoming bilateral ministerial meeting over Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations. The ministerial meeting, to be held in Washington on Tuesday and ...

Sep 21, 2014

Iran receptive to new nuke proposal: diplomats

With Iran refusing U.S. demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran’s enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats said Saturday. The talks have been ...

Backlash fears after Scottish vote

Sep 20, 2014

Backlash fears after Scottish vote

Scotland’s “no” to independence may have saved British Prime Minister David Cameron his job, but sweeping pledges of a constitutional shake-up could undermine his re-election drive and trigger more political instability. Responding to what he called a “clear” rejection of Scottish independence on Friday, ...

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Sep 20, 2014

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Ankara’s most serious hostage crisis. The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on ...

Sep 20, 2014

Anti-Islamic ads coming to New York transit system

Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on 100 New York City buses and two subway entrances next week, but transit officials have rejected an ad from the same group that includes the phrase “Killing Jews.” The six approved ads show an image of beheaded American ...

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

Sep 20, 2014

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and ...