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Mar 26, 2013

Rat caused second Fukushima No. 1 blackout: Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co. confirmed Monday that a rat disabled the cooling systems of the spent-fuel pools at the meltdown-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant last week. The animal apparently touched a live wire after managing to get into the plant's truck-mounted switchboard, creating a ...

Mar 26, 2013

Nadeshiko to play France in friendly

Women's soccer world champion Japan plans to play France in a September friendly in a rematch of last summer's Olympic semifinal, coach Norio Sasaki said Monday. Nadeshiko edged France 2-1 in the last four at London to secure Japan's first medal in women's soccer. "They have ...

Mar 26, 2013

Biz leaders call for swift EU FTA

Japanese and European Union business leaders called Monday for the swift conclusion of a free-trade agreement between the two economies, and the two parties were expected to officially declare the launch of negotiations later in the day. "For companies facing cutthroat global competition each day, ...

Mar 26, 2013

Cancer clinics to get antismoking staff

The health ministry will staff cancer treatment hospitals across the nation with antismoking counselors from fiscal 2013, which starts in April, ministry officials said. The decision is aimed at increasing the period the public spends in good health. The government's goal is to reduce the ...

| Mar 26, 2013

Syria 'red lines' leave Obama flummoxed

The suspicious attack that killed 26 people in northern Syria last week exposed the difficulty of determining whether the Syrian regime has resorted to using chemical weapons, as well as the lingering uncertainty over how President Barack Obama would respond if what he has ...

Mar 26, 2013

MHI, Imabari in LNG tanker JV

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Monday it will set up a joint venture in Tokyo on April 1 with Imabari Shipbuilding Co. to design and market liquefied natural gas carriers. MHI said the project is aimed at meeting global demand for LNG carriers amid the ...

Mar 25, 2013

Abe wants TOEFL to be key exam


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not satisfied with revising monetary policy — he also appears bent on reviving another failing field: the public's ability to speak English.