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Japan wary of China forces buildup, North threat: paper

/ Jun 26, 2013

Japan wary of China forces buildup, North threat: paper

Japan has been vigilant against China's military buildup and North Korea's nuclear and missile threats amid what it considers a worsening security environment, an overview of the Defense Ministry's 2013 white paper said Tuesday. The ministry says a lack of transparency in Chinese military and ...

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

Jun 26, 2013

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

A special Licca-chan doll, decorated with ¥100 million worth of diamonds, will be displayed at the Doll Exhibition at Saga Prefectural Museum in the city of Saga from July 20 to Sept. 16. The Fancy Diamond Licca-chan, the luxury version of the popular Licca-chan doll ...

/ Jun 26, 2013

DPJ hopes platform derails 'Abenomics'

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The Democratic Party of Japan, hoping to rebrand itself as the only viable alternative to the Liberal Democratic Party, unveiled a hastily resurrected platform for next month's Upper House election with vows to help the middle class, revive its reactor phaseout goal and oppose ...

/ Jun 26, 2013

Sharp chief promises a return to profitability

The president of struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. vowed at a shareholders meeting Tuesday to do everything possible to turn its fortunes around in the current business year, while facing criticism for incurring massive net losses for the second straight year. "We truly apologize for ...

AirAsia pulling out of budget airline venture with ANA

/ Jun 26, 2013

AirAsia pulling out of budget airline venture with ANA

Malaysia's AirAsia confirmed Tuesday it is ending its low-cost airline joint venture with All Nippon Airways. AirAsia, Asia's largest budget airline company, said in a statement both had signed a termination agreement. "The joint venture, created two years ago under the name AirAsia Japan, faced many ...

Booklet portrays kids who serve as medical interpreters for parents

Jun 26, 2013

Booklet portrays kids who serve as medical interpreters for parents

Non-Japanese children who served as translators for parents not so proficient in Japanese when it came time to communicating with doctors are the topic of a booklet compiled by Medint, a Kobe-based association and research group that provides medical interpretation services. With a title that ...

/ | Jun 26, 2013

Move by Rivers once unimaginable

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Duck, duck your head! Pigs are flying! They have to be. The Clippers, the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, the team that has been an NBA punch line for ineptitude, incompetence and penury for three decades, agreed to hire the league's most in-demand coach, ...

/ Jun 26, 2013

Kishida to take part in regional talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday he will visit Brunei from Saturday to attend ASEAN-related meetings to discuss regional and international affairs and convey Japan's positions to participants. Kishida, citing the importance of preparations, said no concrete decisions had been made regarding potential bilateral talks ...

Apple loses appeal here to Samsung

Jun 26, 2013

Apple loses appeal here to Samsung

Apple Inc. lost its appeal Tuesday in a Japan lawsuit claiming that Samsung Electronics Co. infringed on a patent for synchronizing music and video data on its Galaxy smartphones and tablets with servers. The ruling at the Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo upheld an ...

Jun 26, 2013

Beware: NSA knows the power of your metadata

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"To be remembered after we are dead," wrote William Hazlitt, "is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living." Cue U.S. President "George W" Obama in the matter of telephone surveillance by his National Security Agency. The fact that for ...

Jun 26, 2013

More Seoul currency swaps expire

Japan and South Korea agreed to end part of their currency swap contract next month as scheduled, reducing its overall size to $10 billion from $13 billion, the Finance Ministry said. The two countries "have reached the conclusion that they will not extend the term ...

Jun 26, 2013

FTAs key to long-term growth: METI

Japan should pursue free-trade accords and capitalize on the growth of emerging economies to achieve long-term economic growth amid rapid aging of its population, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in its annual white paper Tuesday. The nation's growth has been stalled since ...

Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential

Jun 26, 2013

Disaster-relief volunteer networks are essential

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Takashi Yamamoto, 42, president of Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center, is Japan's leading expert on volunteer disaster-relief activities. In 1995, when he was a staffer of the educational cruise ship Peace Boat, Yamamoto began working on disaster relief for Kobe after the Great ...

Jun 25, 2013

Tritium samples in sea near No. 1 jump

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The density of radioactive tritium in samples of seawater from near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant doubled over 10 days to hit a record 1,100 becquerels per liter, possibly indicating contaminated groundwater is seeping into the Pacific Ocean.