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Takashi Yanase, creator of beloved 'Anpanman,' dies at 94

Oct 16, 2013

Takashi Yanase, creator of beloved 'Anpanman,' dies at 94

Takashi Yanase, creator of "Anpanman," one of the most popular Japanese anime series for children, died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital early Sunday, his agency said Tuesday. He was 94. He had been in the hospital since late August for liver cancer, according ...

Yamanote fetes green trains with rolling nuptials

Oct 16, 2013

Yamanote fetes green trains with rolling nuptials

Chosen for their special connection to the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, a lucky couple exchanged vows on board a specially reserved train Monday as part of East Japan Railway Co.'s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the introduction of its series of lime green ...

Apps helping couples organize their big day

Oct 16, 2013

Apps helping couples organize their big day

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Marriage is a major event in one's life but preparing for it can be bothersome. To help couples make their preparations easier, many wedding service companies in Japan are now offering computer software and smartphone applications to make organizing the big day easier. The programs ...

Tax-free account seeks to spur investment

| Oct 16, 2013

Tax-free account seeks to spur investment

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Starting in January, individuals who invest in stocks and investment trusts in a Nippon Individual Savings Account will be eligible for tax exemptions of up to five years on their financial gains. The new instrument is aimed at getting people used to accumulating financial ...

Abe defense posture welcome: U.S. intel expert

/ Oct 16, 2013

Abe defense posture welcome: U.S. intel expert

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In contrast to neighboring countries, former U.S. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair welcomes the efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution and bolster the nation's defense capabilities, saying Japan needs to adapt itself to the changing security landscape of the ...

Oct 16, 2013

GSDF mission to South Sudan extended for another year

The government said Tuesday it will extend the Ground Self-Defense Force mission in South Sudan as part of U.N. peacekeeping operations by one year after the current term expires Oct. 31. The number of GSDF personnel to be deployed will increase to 400 from the ...

Oct 16, 2013

Get to the bottom of shady loans

The inability of Japan's third-largest bank to break the habit of approving car loans for yakuza reflects poor corporate governance and besmirches the reputation of the financial industry.

Oct 16, 2013

Maintain civilian control over SDF

The Defense Ministry's proposal to restructure itself for the sake of more efficient Self-Defense Force operations runs the risk of weakening, ultimately, civilian control of the SDF.

Akita improves to 4-0 by sweeping Aomori

/ Oct 16, 2013

Akita improves to 4-0 by sweeping Aomori

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The Akita Northern Happinets are off to a 4-0 start this season, completing their second straight series sweep on Sunday by routing the expansion Aomori Wat's 74-51. Shigehiro Taguchi canned four 3-pointers in a 17-point afternoon and Richard Roby had 14 points for the Northern ...