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May 25, 2013

U.S. checks rules over leak probes

President Barack Obama instructed Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to review Justice Department guidelines for leak investigations, meet with media organizations and report back to him by mid-July. In a speech to the National Defense University, Obama addressed the uproar over his administration's numerous ...

NRA forges new trail in judging reactor risk

May 25, 2013

NRA forges new trail in judging reactor risk

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Regulators are in the process of deciding which reactors are sitting on active faults, but the experts involved say there is clearly room for improvement. Fault exams at three nuclear power plants are proceeding in parallel. The first one to be finalized by an expert ...

May 25, 2013

People facing deportation file petition to stay

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People who overstayed their visas in Japan, along with their families and supporters, submitted a petition Friday to the Justice Ministry asking that it refrain from deporting those who have established their lives here. The 34-member group, organized by the Asian People's Friendship Society, a ...

More women taking to plane spotting at Centrair

| May 25, 2013

More women taking to plane spotting at Centrair

More women have joined the groups of men taking photos of landing and departing aircraft at Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). Given the nickname "Sorami" (Sky Beauties), these women — who own high-quality camera equipment typically used by professional photographers — are willing to wait ...

May 25, 2013

Ranking judo official admits sex harassment

A director of the All Japan Judo Federation offered Friday to resign to take the blame for his unwanted sexual advance toward a top female athlete. Jiro Fukuda, 76, admitted that he forcibly hugged and tried to kiss the woman in a Tokyo subway elevator ...

| May 25, 2013

English education and English sheepdogs

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to globalize Japan's workforce and says that Japan must become more competitive in the English language. This has touched off a debate among native English teachers, Japanese who teach English, Japanese speakers who don't speak English, and English sheepdogs ...

May 25, 2013

Care urged for split families when Japan joins Hague pact

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With the Diet endorsing the Hague Convention to help settle parental cross-border child abductions after years of lobbying by foreign governments and citizens, Japan is being urged to provide adequate support to parents and children separated through failed marriages. The 1980 Hague Convention on the ...

May 25, 2013

Senate OKs judge for key D.C. court

The Senate unanimously confirmed Sri Srinivasan on Thursday to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of the nation's most influential courts. The 97-to-zero vote in favor of Srinivasan, the principal deputy solicitor general, marks the first time ...

May 25, 2013

Rafsanjani speaks after rejection

Two days after being disqualified from running in Iran's upcoming presidential election, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani broke his silence Thursday, saying difficult days loom for the country. "Considering the present situation, the next government will face a lot of problems and difficulties as ...

May 25, 2013

Japan set to waive Myanmar's remaining ¥200 billion debt

The government is arranging to waive approximately ¥200 billion that Myanmar still owes Japan and offer around ¥100 billion in aid, following a bilateral accord in April 2012 to forgive about ¥300 billion, according to sources. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce the ...

| May 25, 2013

64th Kyoto Takigi noh performance to be held

The 64th Kyoto Takigi noh performance will take place from 5:30 p.m. on the first weekend of June in Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto. Featured are the plays "Tamanoi," "Hanjo," "Ochanomizu" and "Koi no Omoni" on June 1, and "Kamo," "Mitsuyama," "Kubibiki" and "Oeyama" the ...

| May 25, 2013

The junkie and his fix

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"Weird," he says. "Give me something weird." The menu boasts both fish sperm and odorigui — small fish you chew while they're alive. But such food is not on his wish list. At least not anymore. My dinner friend has lived here for years. Years, he ...

/ May 25, 2013

Ex-boyfriend intrudes, stabs woman

A 21-year-old woman was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Friday at her apartment in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, where she lives with her current boyfriend, police said. The 25-year-old boyfriend called police around 9:20 a.m. saying, "My girlfriend has been stabbed by a guy with a knife." The ...

/ May 25, 2013

¥68 million redress eyed for Mainali

The Tokyo District Court has endorsed paying about ¥68 million in compensation to a Nepali man who was wrongly detained and imprisoned in Japan for 15 years, according to sources. Govinda Prasad Mainali, 46, was charged with murdering a Japanese woman in 1997 and was ...