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Aug 28, 2014

Next on Olympic agenda: foreigner-friendly parks

The government plans to make national parks more friendly to foreign visitors by introducing the essence of “omotenashi,” or hospitality, toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Environment Ministry will seek ¥2.5 billion for the effort in next year’s budget, officials said. According to a ...

Martial arts tricks ease pain for new moms

Aug 28, 2014

Martial arts tricks ease pain for new moms

by Sawako Obara

Wrist tendinitis and back pain are among the physical ailments that often affect new mothers, usually from the lifting and carrying required in caring for babies. To provide relief, a physical therapist in Japan has drawn up a parenting regimen that combines techniques from ...

Recently discovered Chihiro works displayed in Nagano

Aug 28, 2014

Recently discovered Chihiro works displayed in Nagano

Artworks believed to be created by noted illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) to entertain soldiers during the Pacific War have been shown to reporters at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino in Matsukawa, Nagano Prefecture. The works — illustrations on postal stationery — were found at Nippon ...

India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

Aug 28, 2014

India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and to lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan’s concerns about doing business with a nuclear armed country. India has been ...

Pop star Aska pleads guilty to drug charges

Aug 28, 2014

Pop star Aska pleads guilty to drug charges

Pop singer-songwriter Aska pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of possession and use of stimulant drugs at his high-profile trial opened at the Tokyo District Court. Aska, 56, half of the well-known duo Chage and Aska and whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki, was arrested ...

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

by Mami Maruko

The Riken research institute said Wednesday that ongoing efforts to reproduce so-called STAP cells — whose existence was first claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata in the British journal Nature — have failed. The announcement comes on the heels of a series of scandals that ...