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Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Dec 18, 2014

Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Goshi Hosono, a former secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, announced he will run in the party’s leadership race on Jan. 18. “I’ve decided to take on the challenge of running in the election,” Hosono, who served as nuclear disaster minister and environment ...

Dec 18, 2014

Eye expert Takahashi lauded for iPS cell achievements by Nature

Ophthalmologist Masayo Takahashi, who conducted the world’s first transplant of tissue generated from iPS stem cells, is one of the 10 people responsible for the most noteworthy scientific achievements of the year, according to British science journal Nature. Nature noted in its latest edition ...

Dec 18, 2014

Tourist tally set to shatter 13-million barrier this year

The number of visitors to Japan is likely to exceed 13 million in 2014, according to Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Shigeto Kubo. The visitor count from January to November rose 28.2 percent from the corresponding period last year to an estimated 12,177,500, the Japan ...

Dec 18, 2014

Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Goshi Hosono, a former secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, announced he will run in the party’s leadership race on Jan. 18. “I’ve decided to take on the challenge of running in the election,” Hosono, who served as nuclear disaster minister and environment ...

'Rakugo' raconteur Sankyo wins kudos for promoting laughter

Dec 18, 2014

'Rakugo' raconteur Sankyo wins kudos for promoting laughter

by Hiroki Sugita

Renowned “rakugo” (comic story) raconteur Yanagiya Sankyo has been honored for his commitment to spreading appreciation of the Japanese language among foreigners in Japan and overseas. He received a 2014 Japan Foundation Award, which honors people or groups who help deepen international friendship over ...

Two die, train derails  as blizzards continue

Dec 18, 2014

Two die, train derails as blizzards continue

At least two people have died in snow-related incidents since heavy snowfall and blizzards brought harsh conditions to central and northern Japan. A 68-year-old man was found dead in snow near his home in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, on Wednesday night. Police believe he fell ...

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

Dec 18, 2014

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

The United States Defense Department has chosen Japan and Australia to be its maintenance hubs for F-35 stealth fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Both nations will have some facilities operational by 2018, offering heavy airframe maintenance for Lockheed ...

Dec 18, 2014

More struggling to get handle on student loans

by Makoto Nishimura

An increasing number of students are struggling to pay education loans and more than 6,000 lawsuits were filed over the fallout in the 2013 academic year alone. Kazuya Fujishima, 29, a graduate student at Hokkaido University, owes some ¥10 million in an interest-bearing loan ...