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Science, sponsors abetted Miura's Everest success

May 25, 2013

Science, sponsors abetted Miura's Everest success

Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura, who at 80 became the oldest person Thursday to reach the summit of Mount Everest, used a carefully structured scientific training regime and support from corporate sponsors and fans to achieve his goal. His ascent of the world's highest peak has ...

'Abenomics' still has long way to go

/ May 25, 2013

'Abenomics' still has long way to go

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The recent volatility of the Nikkei 225 stock average should not be a cause for alarm, government officials assured Friday, but pundits pointed out that "Abenomics" seems to have a long way to go until the economy begins to show a robust and steady ...

/ May 25, 2013

Tokyo denies report of North abductee return offer

Tokyo on Friday denied a South Korean media report that North Korea proposed to repatriate two Japanese abductees during a recent visit to Pyongyang by Isao Iijima, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "That's impossible. I have never been contacted (by the newspaper)," Iijima ...

Angelina Jolie: a brave woman and a role model

May 25, 2013

Angelina Jolie: a brave woman and a role model

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An article written by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie provoked headlines around the world when she chose "not to keep my story private" and revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy to lower her risk of breast cancer, which was high due to her genetic ...

May 25, 2013

Bill for ID number program clears Diet

The Diet passes a bill for a system to assign an identification number to every citizen to improve government management of income, social security and tax information, despite public concerns about data abuse.

Hakuho awaits ozeki rival

/ May 25, 2013

Hakuho awaits ozeki rival

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato both powered to their 13th wins on Friday to set up a mouth-watering showdown at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Unbeaten at 13-0, Hakuho and Kisenosato are the only two wrestlers in title contention and they go toe-to-toe Saturday ...

Hashimoto in unprecedented crisis

/ | May 25, 2013

Hashimoto in unprecedented crisis

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The list of those in and out of Japan, but especially in the United States, who scorn and deride Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) coleader Toru Hashimoto for his justification for the wartime "comfort women" is growing daily, presenting ...

/ May 25, 2013

U.S. city management takes a high-tech tack

Relatively mundane city management issues, from parking to water use, are going high-tech as cities seek to use analytics and information to improve their operations. Companies are pushing this kind of work, arguing it can improve city services and operations while lowering costs or even ...