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Mar 2, 2015

Kawasaki suspect says he beat, stabbed 13-year-old victim

An 18-year-old youth arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy along the Tama River in Kawasaki has admitted to his role in the slaying, saying he used a box cutter to kill the boy, investigative sources said Monday. Two 17-year-old boys also ...

Abe urges Ukrainian foreign minister to enforce cease-fire

Mar 2, 2015

Abe urges Ukrainian foreign minister to enforce cease-fire

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Monday on Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to implement the cease-fire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine, as fighting persists. “All parties concerned must make good the Minsk agreement and make sure that ...

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

Mar 2, 2015

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

An album of poetry composed by people affected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster will be released March 11, the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the crisis. Veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, 69, who has made reciting atomic bomb poetry ...

Completion of Joban Expressway stirs Tohoku reconstruction hopes

Mar 2, 2015

Completion of Joban Expressway stirs Tohoku reconstruction hopes

The last section of the Joban Expressway finally opened to traffic Sunday after delays caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost four years ago. The 300.4-km-long highway, which runs along the Pacific coast, now links the Tokyo metropolitan area with Tohoku and is expected ...

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Mar 2, 2015

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, may visit Japan as part of a trip that will also take him to Singapore and China, senior Indonesian officials and a diplomatic source said over the weekend. No final decision has been made, but it ...

LEDs fuel drive to cut energy use

Mar 2, 2015

LEDs fuel drive to cut energy use

by Chisaki Watanabe

Japan’s push to keep power flowing after it shuttered its nuclear program may best be illustrated by 73 million light bulbs. That’s the number of LED bulbs sold in Japan since the start of 2012, representing about 30 percent of the total. The LEDs, ...