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Fukushima evacuee kids made welcome in Saitama school

Mar 26, 2013

Fukushima evacuee kids made welcome in Saitama school

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With little hope of returning home, children from the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, are making new friends at a school in Saitama Prefecture that took them in two years ago after the meltdowns of March 2011 ruined the area. Shortly after the devastating earthquake ...

Curse or cash cow: Japan ready for casinos?

| Mar 26, 2013

Curse or cash cow: Japan ready for casinos?

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Lawmakers are seriously considering legalizing casinos so Japanese can roll the dice without having to travel to gambling houses in the United States, East and Southeast Asia. Backed by the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc and smaller forces, including Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan ...

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

Mar 26, 2013

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

A 330-ton fishing vessel carried hundreds of meters inland by the March 11, 2011, tsunami will probably be dismantled instead of preserved as a memorial to the tragedy, the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, said Monday. According to Kesennuma Mayor Shigeru Sugawara, Katsuyuki Yanai, president ...

Court nullifies sumo association's dismissal of Sokokurai

Mar 26, 2013

Court nullifies sumo association's dismissal of Sokokurai

The Tokyo District Court said Monday that the Japan Sumo Association's dismissal of former makuuchi division wrestler Sokokurai in 2011 was invalid because its match-fixing allegations left room for doubt. The Chinese-born former maegashira, whose real name is Enhetubuxin, had demanded to be reinstated after ...

New legislators rouse Italian politics

Mar 26, 2013

New legislators rouse Italian politics

Mr. Smith went to Washington. Carlo Sibilia has come to Rome. The 27-year-old elevator salesman, who has no experience in political office, arrived in the Italian capital this month with 162 other freshman legislators from the Five Star Movement, a Web-based force whose success in ...

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

Mar 26, 2013

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

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A rare piano produced in Yokohama's Chinatown about 100 years ago is about to return home as a donation to Yokohama Yamate Chinese School. The piano, donated by a 65-year-old woman in Aichi Prefecture, was made by Zhou Xiaosheng, who came to Japan in 1905 ...

Mar 26, 2013

Marubeni, Korea Electric seal deal

Marubeni Corp. said it and partner Korea Electric Power Corp. have won a contract to build and operate a 1,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. The plant, to be built in Nghi Son, Thanh Hoa Province, an industrial area in central Vietnam, will sell its ...

Mar 26, 2013

Prosecutors handed dead suspect case

Police turned over to prosecutors Monday their case against a woman who had been arrested for confining and murdering two people in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, in 2008, but hanged herself in her jail cell in December. The police alleged that Miyoko Sumida, 64, who was ...

Mar 26, 2013

Berezovsky was 'down' but wouldn't bow to Putin: allies

Associates of exiled Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead Saturday, questioned claims that he had begged President Vladimir Putin for forgiveness, but said he had been depressed and suicidal. Berezovsky, who helped Putin rise to power but then fled Russia ...

/ Mar 26, 2013

Household financial assets post 3.1% gain

The total financial assets held by all households at the end of December rose 3.1 percent from a year earlier to ¥1.547 quadrillion, the Bank of Japan said Monday. The rise was credited partly to higher market values for foreign currency-denominated deposits and stocks following ...

Mar 26, 2013

Abe ties nuke plant restarts to rebuilding

Stressing the difficulty of rebuilding the nation without nuclear power, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a visit to Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Sunday that he will decide whether to restart reactors after assessing their safety. Abe was in Fukushima to check on the progress of ...