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A monk's teenage angst can be monstrous

/ Jan 24, 2013

A monk's teenage angst can be monstrous

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Monsters and runaways aren't usually the kinds of problems teenagers face, but a Tokyo-based theater troupe thinks these are the kinds of conundrums that await teenage monks. This weekend, the troupe Tateyoko Kikaku will present two works that are part of a series of plays ...

Jan 24, 2013

Taiwan boat carrying activists sails for Senkakus

A leisure fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists, and escorted by four Taiwan Coast Guard vessels, was sailing to a cluster of Japanese-administered islands claimed by Taiwan and China on Thursday morning amid heightened tension in the region. Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration said the fishing boat, ...

Jan 24, 2013

Rail linkup to ease metro commute

Railways in Tokyo announced Tuesday a new timetable set to come into effect March 16 when the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line are to be connected. According to Tokyu Corp. and Tokyo Metro Co., Tokyo's Ikebukuro will be linked with Yokohama in ...

Jan 24, 2013

No sign of overcharged battery in ANA 787 that made emergency landing

Japanese aviation authorities said Wednesday they found no evidence of overcharging in a charred lithium-ion battery on the All Nippon Airways Co. Boeing 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing last week in Kagawa Prefecture. The output voltage of the main battery of the Dreamliner ...

Robot facility aims to aid nation in nuclear crisis

Jan 23, 2013

Robot facility aims to aid nation in nuclear crisis

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Japan Atomic Power Co. on Wednesday opened a facility in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, that will station remote-controlled robots and dispatch them in the event of a crisis at the nation's nuclear power plants. The facility, which faces Wakasa Bay and is close to several nuclear ...

Jan 23, 2013

Assembly nixes Niigata nuclear referendum

The Niigata Prefectural Assembly in a Wednesday plenary session voted down a bill calling for a referendum on whether to back resuming operations at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, which has been idled since the Fukushima meltdown crisis started in 2011. Earlier, at the assembly's ...

Pentagon probe clears Allen of misconduct

Jan 23, 2013

Pentagon probe clears Allen of misconduct

The Pentagon's inspector general has cleared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan of wrongdoing following an investigation into whether he exchanged inappropriate emails with the same Tampa, Florida, socialite involved in the scandal that prompted David Petraeus to resign as CIA director, senior U.S. ...

/ Jan 23, 2013

U.S. chimps may be retired from research

New U.S. federal rules proposed Tuesday would severely restrict medical and behavioral research on chimpanzees and send nearly all of the government's remaining 450 research chimps into retirement, an unfunded project that could cost $25 million. The recommendations, which set high hurdles for new studies ...

/ Jan 23, 2013

Oral drug better for cancer patients

Seventy percent of pancreatic cancer patients who orally take the cancer drug S-1 survive two years after surgery, compared with 53 percent of those who receive the intravenous drug gemcitabine, a medical research group said Wednesday. The group, led by Katsuhiko Uesaka at Shizuoka Cancer ...

Jan 23, 2013

Reactors' 30-year age limit stands for now: NRA

Citing the introduction of new regulations in July, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it will not accept applications from utilities seeking permission to run their reactors beyond 30 years under existing procedures. To address concerns about aging reactors, nuclear plant operators have been asked ...