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Student's Tohoku trek lays ground for new park

Apr 30, 2013

Student's Tohoku trek lays ground for new park

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A Waseda University student has hiked about 400 km through Tohoku as part of a field survey to choose a path for a new national park to be established by rebuilding areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. "I wanted to help support ...

Apr 30, 2013

Fukuoka next on Minamata exhibition tour

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization will hold an exhibition in the city of Fukuoka in May focusing on Minamata disease. The event from May 15 to 17 will display samples of mercury-contaminated sludge from Minamata Bay in Kagoshima Prefecture and examples of the victims' damaged brains. About ...

/ Apr 30, 2013

U.S. seeks to expand wiretaps for Web use

A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort. Driven by FBI concerns that it ...

Pakistan's late Bhutto still leads her party in campaign

/ Apr 30, 2013

Pakistan's late Bhutto still leads her party in campaign

The most popular politician in Pakistan's largest party won't be staging any rallies or participating in debates as May's historic national election nears. The reason: She's dead. Yet Benazir Bhutto, assassinated more than five years ago, is still the standard bearer of the Pakistan People's Party ...

English bubblies challenge rivals

Apr 30, 2013

English bubblies challenge rivals

Blessed with soil similar to France's Champagne region, vineyards in England nevertheless produced decades of low-grade goop that caused nary a Frenchman to tremble. But a Great British fizz boom is under way, with winemakers crediting climate change for the warmer weather that has ...

Siting for renewables needs bottom-up approach

| Apr 30, 2013

Siting for renewables needs bottom-up approach

If post-Fukushima nuclear disaster crisis Japan chooses to fill its energy needs with renewable energy sources, the nation will still face the same NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) resistance to building large numbers of new facilities in the densely-populated country, an American expert said at a recent ...