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Apr 19, 2014

Russian military bombers spotted

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets Friday after three pairs of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying around the Japanese archipelago, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff Office announced. While the planes did not violate Japanese airspace, it was the sixth day in ...

Apr 18, 2014

Whaling to be pared, not halted

Japan plans to defy the International Court of Justice by continuing its whaling in the Antarctic Ocean and Northwest Pacific after reducing its catch goals.

Raise corporate profile of women, confab urges

Apr 18, 2014

Raise corporate profile of women, confab urges

by Ayako Mie

A two-day international conference aiming to empower women kicked off Friday in Tokyo with a call for companies and the government to foster more female executives — an area of gender equality where Japan greatly lags behind the global norm. The fourth Women’s International ...

Apr 18, 2014

MSDF armada masses; first order is curry contest

by Reiji Yoshida

One key mission of a group of 15 Maritime Self-Defense Force warships, including four of the nation’s six state-of-the-art Aegis destroyers, is generating a nationwide buzz on the Internet. The ships will gather Saturday at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Why so ...

Apr 18, 2014

Exam scoring errors turn up

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo’s education bureau announced Friday it found more than 130 cases of scoring errors on high school entrance examinations for 2014 that resulted in erroneous rejections at four schools. According to an inquiry conducted at 216 public high schools, the bureau found 139 errors ...

Apr 18, 2014

Abe to seek Obama's 'acceptance' of North abduction talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s “acceptance” at their summit next Thursday of Tokyo’s consultations with Pyongyang on the abduction issue, a government source said Friday. The abductees in question were Japanese who were kidnapped by North Korean agents ...