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Aeon to take over Daiei in bid for dominance

/ Mar 31, 2013

Aeon to take over Daiei in bid for dominance

Aeon Co. announced Wednesday it will increase its stake in Daiei Inc. to turn the smaller superstore chain into a subsidiary, creating a massive retailing group that will have combined sales in excess of ¥6 trillion. Aeon, which owns a 19.9 percent stake in Daiei, ...

/ Mar 31, 2013

Miyazaki Shining Suns in limbo

The cash-strapped Miyazaki Shining Suns have made it known they want to fold the team or defect to the NBDL (the re-launched JBL2) next season, the Miyazaki Nichinichi Shimbun reported Saturday. The Shining Suns, a third-year franchise with a bj-league-worst 9-35 record entering this ...

Mar 31, 2013

Thyroids test normal in Fukushima

The thyroids of young Fukushima residents aren't significantly different from their counterparts' glands in three prefectures spread across the archipelago, a survey by the Environment Ministry says. The study, conducted from last November to March, examined 4,365 residents between age 3 and 18 in the ...

Another 12 Ospreys headed to Japan in July, bound for Futenma

Mar 31, 2013

Another 12 Ospreys headed to Japan in July, bound for Futenma

Japan and the United States are arranging to ship a second batch of 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft in July, likely to a Marine Corps base in the Chugoku region before their deployment in Okinawa, sources close to bilateral relations revealed Saturday. As with the first ...

U.S. takes lead on missile defense

| Mar 31, 2013

U.S. takes lead on missile defense

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The United States has quietly taken on the huge task of trying to organize regional ballistic missile defense networks, not only among NATO countries, but also in East Asia and the Middle East. The United States is "leading from in front" on meeting possible future ...

Mar 31, 2013

Japan-Mexico summit eyed in April

Japan and Mexico are arranging to hold a summit for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Enrique Pena Nieto in Tokyo on April 8, when Japan will kick off its diplomatic campaign to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, government sources said. Abe is expected to ...

Mar 31, 2013

ANA to sell 787 tickets Monday

All Nippon Airways Co. plans to start using Boeing 787s again for domestic routes from June 1 and will begin accepting reservations from Monday, after having to ground its entire Dreamliner fleet due to battery troubles. Friday's announcement came as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ...

Bewildering tale of fresh start in life

/ Mar 31, 2013

Bewildering tale of fresh start in life

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THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS, by J.M. Coetzee. Harvill Secker, 2013, 288 pp., £16.99 (hardcover) It's a relief after reading a lot of contemporary fiction to come across the sober prose of J.M. Coetzee. He doesn't shout at you. He doesn't try to force on you ...