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Constitution defender Okudaira dies at 85

Jan 30, 2015

Constitution defender Okudaira dies at 85

Yasuhiro Okudaira, a founding member of the Article 9 Association for defending the Constitution, died of a heart attack at his home in Tokyo early Monday, the association said Friday. He was 85. Okudaira was a professor of law at the University of Tokyo ...

54% of assemblywomen uncomfortable with counterparts' sexist acts

Jan 30, 2015

54% of assemblywomen uncomfortable with counterparts' sexist acts

A nationwide survey of assemblywomen said Friday that just over 54 percent of female lawmakers feel uncomfortable when exposed to sexist acts, remarks or verbal abuse from assemblymen. “Such sex discrimination has been a major obstacle for women seeking assembly membership as well as ...

FamilyMart reopening lifts spirits in irradiated town of Naraha

Jan 30, 2015

FamilyMart reopening lifts spirits in irradiated town of Naraha

FamilyMart Co. reopened a convenience store Friday in the town of Naraha, most of which remains a designated evacuation zone from the 2011 core meltdowns in Fukushima Prefecture. The store, located along a national highway on the Pacific coast, was closed after being engulfed ...

'Akira' artist Otomo wins top French comics prize

Jan 30, 2015

'Akira' artist Otomo wins top French comics prize

Katsuhiro Otomo on Thursday became the first manga artist to win a lifetime achievement award at France’s renowned international Angouleme comics festival. The 60-year-old is known the world over for the cult manga series “Akira,” set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo built on the ashes ...

Jan 30, 2015

Defense ministry ordered to pay over canceled chopper order

The Defense Ministry was ordered Thursday by the Tokyo High Court to pay all of about ¥35 billion in damages sought by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for canceling a helicopter order in 2008. The high court overturned a Tokyo District Court ruling last year ...

Jan 30, 2015

Seoul mayor takes positive tack ahead of Japan visit

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon expressed hope Friday that his visit to Japan starting Sunday will help promote exchanges and cooperation with Tokyo, neighboring Saitama Prefecture and Hokkaido. In an interview with a group of Japanese reporters ahead of the six-day visit, Park said that ...