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Apr 17, 2014

N.K. pingpong champs to get visas

The Japanese government plans to issue visas to North Korean athletes so they can enter the country to compete in the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo starting April 28, informed sources said Wednesday. Japan has been prohibiting North Korean nationals from ...

Apr 17, 2014

Japan may halt other whale hunts

Japan is considering scrapping a Northwest Pacific whale hunt just days before the fleet’s planned departure, media said on Thursday, as the government grapples with its response to an international court ruling against its main whale hunt. In a blow to Tokyo’s decades-old and ...

'Zentai' fans search for identity in fetish suits

Apr 17, 2014

'Zentai' fans search for identity in fetish suits

by Harumi Ozawa

By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle allow her to blend in with any crowd. By night, she dresses in a skin-tight, all-in-one Spandex body suit that covers everything — including her eyes — and sits in ...

Sunken ferry once plied Japan's seas

Apr 17, 2014

Sunken ferry once plied Japan's seas

The ferry that sank off South Korea on Wednesday was once operated by a Japanese firm to link remote southwestern islands, the former operator said Thursday. The 6,825-ton ferry, now called Sewol, experienced no problems while operating in Japan as the Naminoue from June ...

Virtual star Hatsune to tour with Lady Gaga

Apr 17, 2014

Virtual star Hatsune to tour with Lady Gaga

Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated pop star who performs as a hologram, is to appear with Lady Gaga on the North American leg of the U.S. singer’s tour beginning next month, the Japanese songstress announced on Twitter. Hatsune, the pixel-perfect pop princess whose voice is ...

Apr 17, 2014

Former Bridgestone exec to plead guilty to price fixing

A former Japanese executive of major tire maker Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to his involvement in automobile parts price fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice said Wednesday. Yusuke Shimasaki has agreed to serve 18 months in prison and ...

Apr 16, 2014

Shijuro Ogata, ex-BOJ exec who witnessed Plaza Accord, dies at 86

Shijuro Ogata, who as Bank of Japan executive director witnessed the historic 1985 Plaza Accord of economic policy coordination among major nations, died of heart failure Monday, it was learned Wednesday. He was 86. His wife is Sadako Ogata, a former U.N. high commissioner ...