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/ Feb 28, 2013

Top court to assess kids' inheritance limits

The Supreme Court's Grand Bench will examine two cases that question whether a Civil Code stipulation limiting inheritance rights of children born out of wedlock infringes on the Constitution, which guarantees equality for all under the law.

Feb 28, 2013

Assemblyman's rebuke of moms seeking day care draws outrage

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Mothers should remember that the responsibility of raising children lies first with each household before making "shameless" demands for more nursery schools, a Suginami Ward Assembly member wrote Feb. 21 in his blog, drawing hundreds of angry comments. Yutaro Tanaka, a member of the local ...

Mystery shrouds pope's retirement

/ Feb 28, 2013

Mystery shrouds pope's retirement

On an April 2009 visit to the Italian mountain town of Sulmona, Pope Benedict XVI solemnly placed his pallium, the vestment symbolizing his papal authority, on the tomb of Celestine V. The medieval pontiff's abdication in 1294 had resulted in imprisonment by his successor ...

In New York, the Guggenheim goes Gutai

Feb 28, 2013

In New York, the Guggenheim goes Gutai

By now, the looks, character and history of Gutai, the post-World War II Japanese art movement born in 1954 in Ashiya, between Osaka and Kobe, are familiar to regular viewers of modern-art exhibitions in Japan. Last summer's "Gutai: The Spirit of an Era," a ...

Ozawa conducts choir of elementary schoolers

Feb 28, 2013

Ozawa conducts choir of elementary schoolers

Conductor Seiji Ozawa performed Wednesday in public for the first time since ill health forced him to suspend his musical activities last March, conducting a choir of 340 elementary school pupils in Kawasaki. The 77-year-old maestro conducted the singing of a song titled "Hiroi Sekai ...

Outlook upgraded for a second month

/ Feb 28, 2013

Outlook upgraded for a second month

The government on Wednesday upgraded its basic assessment of the economy for the second straight month, saying industrial output has picked up in February amid expectations that a global economic upturn could perk up exports. "The Japanese economy is bottoming out, while weakness can be ...

U.S. considering direct aid to Syrian rebels

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. considering direct aid to Syrian rebels

The White House is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide the rebels with equipment such as body armor, armored vehicles and possible military training and could send humanitarian assistance directly to Syria's opposition political coalition, according to U.S. and ...