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The high cost of peace and quiet

by Michael Hoffman

Peace and quiet! How rare it is, how precious. Why rare? Because a full-blooded modern economy is no monastery, no “ancient pond” into which a frog may jump, producing the hushed “sound of water” immortalized by the haiku poet Basho (1644-94). Engines roar, machinery hums, advertisements blare. Try getting away ...

Jul 13, 2014

Voting under way for Shiga gubernatorial election

Voters in Shiga Prefecture went to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor from a ballot featuring three newcomers, and following a campaign dominated by nuclear policy and the local economy. The three independent candidates hoping to succeed outgoing Gov. Yukiko Kada are ...

Jul 13, 2014

Benesse theft traced to temp worker ID at database managing firm

Customer information apparently stolen from a group company of Benesse Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest provider of correspondence education for children, was taken using the ID of a contractor, company sources said. Records showed that the information was downloaded by a systems engineer who was ...

Jul 13, 2014

Abnormally long rainy season ends in Amami

The rainy season has ended in the Amami region off Kyushu, the Meteoroligical Agency said Sunday. Although the season ended in nearby Okinawa on June 26, the annual phenomenon continues in most other parts of Japan. In the Amami islands, part of Kagoshima Prefecture, ...

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

| Jul 12, 2014

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

by Philip Brasor

In March 2007, the city of Yubari in Hokkaido became the first Japanese municipality to declare bankruptcy, letting loose a flood of media coverage characterized by expressions of sympathy for residents. Yubari’s debt had reached ¥63 billion, the result, according to national press reports, ...

Jul 12, 2014

Japan may boost F-35 procurement

The Defense Ministry may increase the planned procurement of F-35 stealth fighter jets because volume production is expected to lower the unit price, according to officials. The government decided at a Cabinet meeting in 2011 to deploy 42 F-35s as the Air Self-Defense Force’s ...