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Women express pride in remaining a virgin

| Sep 13, 2014

Women express pride in remaining a virgin

by Michael Hoffman

“The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.” So much for sex — or so much for the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, the 18th-century British statesman who in that little epigram immortalized his trenchant wit — though not his philosophy, for ...

Social media aids rehashing of historical hate

| Sep 13, 2014

Social media aids rehashing of historical hate

by Philip Brasor

After rain caused deadly mudslides in Hiroshima Prefecture last month, rumors spread over the Internet about burglaries of evacuated homes by “foreigners,” including Zainichi (ethnic Korean residents of Japan). Such rumors tend to accompany disasters, so Tokyo Shimbun talked directly to police in the ...

LDP's Tanigaki backs 2015 sales tax hike

Sep 13, 2014

LDP's Tanigaki backs 2015 sales tax hike

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki made clear his belief on Saturday that the government should raise the consumption tax rate again, to 10 percent in October 2015, as planned. “We should not put off things in the broad direction,” Tanigaki said during a ...

Matchmaking event for trainspotters held near Tokyo

Sep 13, 2014

Matchmaking event for trainspotters held near Tokyo

About 1,000 railway fans took part in Tetsukon, a matchmaking event especially for them, on Saturday near Tokyo, with about 100 men and women coupling. Saitama Railway Corp. and Tokyo Metro Co. jointly hosted the event in the city of Saitama to offer their ...

Sep 13, 2014

Solar, wind power proposed as way to refill hydrogen stations

The Environment Ministry is considering using alternative energy sources to generate hydrogen for the refueling stations being built to recharge fuel cells in next-generation automobiles, ministry officials said. The ministry aims to set up pilot projects across the country in places deemed suitable for ...