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| Mar 31, 2015

Obituary: Jane D. Rees

Longtime columnist for The Japan Times and other publications Jane Rees passed away on March 12 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was 95. Rees was hospitalized after she fell at her home and suffered a serious head injury. She succumbed ...

Mar 31, 2015

New code-shares added; double Asia miles; club upgrades, additions

New code-shares added Korean Air announced a new code-share agreement with its subsidiary, low-cost carrier Jin Air, on six routes from Incheon to Nagasaki, Okinawa, Macau, Guam, Kota Kinabalu and Vientiane starting March 29. The code-share will allow Korean Air to offer ticketing and ...

Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry

Mar 31, 2015

Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry

Growers are vying to become the nation’s top strawberry brand as demand rises at home and abroad, and amid efforts to promote local produce and stimulate prefectural economies. Often bought as a gift for weddings, birthdays or parties, strawberries can command high prices in ...

Toddling polar bear wins fans in Hokkaido zoo

Mar 31, 2015

Toddling polar bear wins fans in Hokkaido zoo

An appealingly playful polar bear has become a major attraction at a zoo in Kushiro, Hokkaido, where onlookers delight in seeing the animal rear up on her hind legs. The 2-year-old bear, named Milk, was born at Oga Aquarium Gao in Oga, Akita Prefecture. ...

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

Mar 31, 2015

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

“Explosive buying” by Chinese visitors is once again being witnessed in Japan, this time during the cherry blossom season through early April after the Chinese went on a similar spree during the Chinese New Year holidays in February. According to the Japanese Consulate General ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S., Japan have 'significant gap' on auto market access

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that “significant gaps” in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. “Japan has zero tariffs on autos and trucks, and yet access ...

Mar 31, 2015

Lawyers draft ordinance to curb hate speech in Osaka

A group of lawyers and citizens has drafted an ordinance to crack down on the spread of hate speech and racist demonstrations in the city of Osaka. The anti-Korean group Zaitokukai recently organized a demonstration in Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, home to a large population ...

Mar 31, 2015

On-site inspection at Kyushu reactor begins as step toward restart

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday started an on-site inspection of 1 reactor 1 at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power station. The reactor in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, became the first of the 48 nuclear reactors in Japan to undergo an NRA on-site ...