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Feb 23, 2013

Criteria for hangings remain murky

The Liberal Democratic Party-led government appears reluctant to disclose the criteria under which it chose to execute three men Thursday, the first hangings since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in December. Some observers speculate that two of them were picked out of the more ...

Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return

Feb 23, 2013

Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return

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With Friday the day that Japan commemorates incorporating Takeshima, a group of rocky Sea of Japan islets now controlled by South Korea, the aging residents of nearby islands have not given up hope that the disputed outcroppings may one day be returned to Japan.

Feb 23, 2013

Obama to push entry of U.S. automakers

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President Barack Obama won't back off demands that Japan ease barriers for U.S. automakers before joining negotiations for a regional Pacific trade agreement when he meets Friday in Washington with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, White House aides said. A more open market for companies such ...

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LDP spurns merger plea by tiny Kokumin Shinto

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The Liberal Democratic Party has rejected a proposal by Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) to merge and instead is demanding that the three-man opposition force disband and the lawmakers be considered individually for membership in the ruling party. LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba said Friday ...

Feb 23, 2013

Redress urged for East Timor sex slave victims

A human rights group urged the government Friday to start talks on how to compensate victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery in East Timor, an initiative that comes just days after the 71st anniversary Wednesday of the Imperial army's invasion of the then-Portuguese colony. In ...

Austria first: Hello Kitty shop opens in Vienna

/ Feb 23, 2013

Austria first: Hello Kitty shop opens in Vienna

The first official Hello Kitty shop in Austria opened Thursday in a shopping mall in Vienna. Sanrio Co.'s Hello Kitty brand is popular in Europe, and shop manager Thomas Gottsbacher said "there are even people from Germany coming all the way here" to buy special ...

Seoul hits senior official's Takeshima Day presence

Feb 23, 2013

Seoul hits senior official's Takeshima Day presence

A senior government official Friday attended the annual ceremony commemorating the day Takeshima, now controlled by South Korea, was incorporated as Japanese territory, sparking a protest from Seoul. The presence of Aiko Shimajiri, a parliamentary secretary with the Cabinet Office, at the Takeshima Day ceremony ...

Mystery of Henry IV's missing head divides France

Feb 23, 2013

Mystery of Henry IV's missing head divides France

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Richard III may have had an ignominious resting place under a car park in Leicester, in England's East Midlands, but spare a thought for Henry IV. First the French monarch was disinterred from the royal sepulchre by revolutionaries and thrown into a mass grave. ...

/ Feb 23, 2013

25% of U.S. teens harassed online by partner

In another mark of the increasingly digital life of teenagers, more than 25 percent of those who dated said their love interests threatened or harassed them online or using texts, according to a new study that is touted as the most comprehensive look at ...

/ Feb 23, 2013

Nishikori tops Cilic in straight sets

Kei Nishikori defeated American Donald Young in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships on Thursday. Fifth-seeded Nishikori, who is playing in his first tournament since reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open in January, won 6-3, ...

Feb 23, 2013

Women's pay hit record high in '12

The average monthly wage of full-time female workers rose 0.5 percent to ¥233,100 last year, the highest level since records began to be kept in 1976, the health ministry announced. The latest survey covered wage levels last June at around 49,000 business establishments, excluding overtime ...

Feb 23, 2013

PM2.5 rise seen at 31% of monitors

Higher than normal levels of toxic smog spreading to Japan from China were observed at 48 of 155 observatories nationwide, or 31 percent of the total, on Jan. 31, the National Institute for Environmental Studies said. The 48 observatories with higher levels of so-called PM2.5, ...

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Tokyo makes World Marathon Majors debut

The Tokyo Marathon will make its debut as a World Marathon Majors race Sunday with a potential race record in store in the men's competition. Tokyo joins Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York in the six-legged series contested over a two-year period. The winner ...

Feb 23, 2013

Renesas investors OK rehab plan

Shareholders of struggling chip-maker Renesas Electronics Corp. approved Friday a ¥150 billion investment plan from a government-backed fund and eight companies to accelerate restructuring steps. Renesas, which commands 40 percent of the global market for automobile microcontrollers, aims to improve its financial standing and enhance ...