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Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

Apr 17, 2014

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

by Shinji Tanaka

Though tensions remain high between Japan and South Korea over territorial and historical issues, the safety of maritime transportation must be maintained irrespective of diplomatic relations, according to a Japan Coast Guard official who monitors maritime communications in the Tsushima Strait. In the strait ...

Fukushima boy drowns trying to rescue girl, 3

Apr 17, 2014

Fukushima boy drowns trying to rescue girl, 3

A 6-year-old boy died attempting to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had fallen into the Abukuma River in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday, police said. Manato Tatsuta was among some 10 children playing by the river Wednesday afternoon when the 3-year-old girl fell into ...

Second wave of 'washoku' wets London

Apr 17, 2014

Second wave of 'washoku' wets London

by Richard Sunley

From small, independent “izakaya” and pop-up ramen bars to high-end Japanese fusion restaurants and takeaway sushi chains, Japanese food can increasingly be found all over London. While it is not yet as popular in Britain as in the United States or Asia — particularly ...

Apr 17, 2014

Electric firms likely to make it through summer

The major electric utilities are again expected to secure their minimum power capacity requirements by the time demand peaks in August, with or without nuclear power, their estimates showed Thursday. But the electricity situation in the west will be tougher because Kansai Electric Power ...

Apr 17, 2014

Brazil rules car crash case expired

A court in Sao Paulo has issued a ruling recognizing that the statute of limitations has expired on a case against a Japanese-Brazilian woman accused of negligence resulting in the death of a Japanese toddler in a car crash in October 2005 in Japan. ...

Apr 17, 2014

N.K. pingpong champs to get visas

The Japanese government plans to issue visas to North Korean athletes so they can enter the country to compete in the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo starting April 28, informed sources said Wednesday. Japan has been prohibiting North Korean nationals from ...

Apr 17, 2014

Japan may halt other whale hunts

Japan is considering scrapping a Northwest Pacific whale hunt just days before the fleet’s planned departure, media said on Thursday, as the government grapples with its response to an international court ruling against its main whale hunt. In a blow to Tokyo’s decades-old and ...

'Zentai' fans search for identity in fetish suits

Apr 17, 2014

'Zentai' fans search for identity in fetish suits

by Harumi Ozawa

By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle allow her to blend in with any crowd. By night, she dresses in a skin-tight, all-in-one Spandex body suit that covers everything — including her eyes — and sits in ...

Sunken ferry once plied Japan's seas

Apr 17, 2014

Sunken ferry once plied Japan's seas

The ferry that sank off South Korea on Wednesday was once operated by a Japanese firm to link remote southwestern islands, the former operator said Thursday. The 6,825-ton ferry, now called Sewol, experienced no problems while operating in Japan as the Naminoue from June ...