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Oct 24, 2014

North Korea has list of Japanese residents: sources

North Korea has compiled a list of Japanese nationals who remained there after the end of World War II, and of the Japanese wives of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan who moved to the North under a 1959-1984 repatriation project, sources say. The Japanese ...

Oct 24, 2014

Bill would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials

The Abe administration offered its backing on Friday for a bill that would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials. The first-ever amendment to the law covering the lay judge system would leave such criminal trials solely to professional judges. The bill does not ...

Menacing dinosaur turns out to be gentle giant

Oct 24, 2014

Menacing dinosaur turns out to be gentle giant

A bus-sized dinosaur portrayed as a killer based on fearsome claws unearthed 49 years ago was really a toothless, gentle plodder, paleontologists reported Wednesday after new fossil evidence. Rather than tearing prey limb from limb with talons that gave it the monicker “horrible hand,” ...

Oct 24, 2014

Riken top brass to take pay cuts over STAP cell scandal

The Riken research institute has announced pay cuts for its top brass, in connection with an embarrassing international scandal over research on so-called STAP cells. Riken President Ryoji Noyori, a 2001 Nobel laureate in chemistry, will return 10 percent of his pay for three ...

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

Oct 23, 2014

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring ...

Oct 23, 2014

Defense guideline revamp faces delay until April, U.S. says

A senior U.S. government official has suggested that the U.S. and Japanese governments may postpone finalizing new defense cooperation guidelines until next April, months after the current year-end deadline. The official said the U.S. military sees the need for further consultation between Tokyo and ...