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E-commerce allows entrepreneurs to flourish outside big cities

Dec 27, 2014

E-commerce allows entrepreneurs to flourish outside big cities

Growing numbers of business ventures are setting up in rural towns and cities as the Internet negates the problems of geographic isolation. “We experience no disadvantages despite being far from Tokyo, as we can communicate with our customers via the Internet,” said Shinji Hamauzu, ...

Dec 26, 2014

Abe snubs Okinawa's new anti-base governor

In a veiled attempt to put pressure on Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not meet the newly elected anti-base leader during his three-day visit to the capital. Onaga, who opposes the government’s push to move a contentious U.S. military base ...

Freighter sinks off Aomori; three crew members dead

Dec 26, 2014

Freighter sinks off Aomori; three crew members dead

Three crew members died after a freighter registered in Cambodia sank Friday in the Sea of Japan off Aomori Prefecture, Japan Coast Guard officials said. The 1,915-ton Ming Guang sank in stormy waters about 18 km off the town of Ajigasawa at around 6 ...