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Jan 31, 2014

Firms that made No. 1 plant sued

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Some 1,400 people file a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

/ Jan 31, 2014

Tepco logs first black ink since nuclear crisis started

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Friday reported its first nine-month profit for the April-December period since the 2011 nuclear crisis at its Fukushima No. 1 complex started, amid continuing cost-cutting efforts and electricity rate hikes. Tepco posted a group pretax profit of ¥189.22 billion for ...

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

/ Jan 31, 2014

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

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In a bid to dodge criticism that he is unqualified to lead NHK, its embattled president, Katsuto Momii, tells the Diet the contentious remarks at his first official press conference were not the broadcaster's official views but his own.

Missing Ukraine activist turns up bloodied, says he was tortured

/ Jan 31, 2014

Missing Ukraine activist turns up bloodied, says he was tortured

A Ukrainian opposition activist who disappeared last week says he was kidnapped and tortured, the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis. Dmytro Bulatov, 35, a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken ...

Knox co-defendant Sollecito at Italian hotel near border

Jan 31, 2014

Knox co-defendant Sollecito at Italian hotel near border

Police on Friday found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher. Raffaele Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, said his client was in ...

Convicted again, Knox faces extradition to Italy

/ Jan 31, 2014

Convicted again, Knox faces extradition to Italy

Amanda Knox is facing what seemed like a distant worry when she was giving national television interviews and promoting her autobiography last year: the possibility of being returned to Italy to serve decades in prison for the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Any decision ...

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

Jan 31, 2014

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

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Hay fever season has arrived in the Kanto region to the dismay of people who every year suffer sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes from "sugi" cedar or "hinoki" cypress pollen. Weathernews Inc. said the allergy season arrived a week to 10 days earlier than ...

/ Jan 31, 2014

JFA to honor National Stadium with exhibit

The Japan Soccer Museum will host a special exhibit celebrating Tokyo's historic National Stadium, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The stadium, which hosted the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will be closed this year for reconstruction as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Games. The exhibit ...

Jan 31, 2014

Swiss festival to mark 150 years of ties with Japan

A four-day festival of Swiss culture starting next week in Tokyo will set the stage for a year of events planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Japan, Swiss Ambassador Urs Bucher said Friday. The events are designed to be as diverse ...

Renault-Nissan alliance seeks 7.5% more savings

/ Jan 31, 2014

Renault-Nissan alliance seeks 7.5% more savings

Renault and Nissan raised their goal for combined savings by 7.5 percent as the 15-year-old alliance accelerates cooperation efforts. The carmakers expect to save "at least" $5.83 billion by 2016 by stepping up joint projects in development, manufacturing, purchasing and human resources, the automaking partnership ...

/ Jan 31, 2014

Hitachi to top Canon's market value

Hitachi Ltd., which quit making TV sets in 2012 to focus on industrial-power and infrastructure units, is poised to surpass Canon Inc. in market value as camera sales are sapped by smartphones. Bloomberg has tracked the market capitalizations of Hitachi, Canon, Sony Corp. and Panasonic ...

/ Jan 31, 2014

More airlines to serve Myanmar

Japan and Myanmar have agreed to revise a bilateral aviation accord to allow more than one air carrier from each country to offer flights, the Foreign Ministry said. Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mikio Numata and Tin Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Civil ...

Jan 31, 2014

Nippon Life to raise workers' wages

Nippon Life Insurance Co. plans to raise wages for its marketing workforce of 50,000 nationwide in April, sources said Friday. Japan's largest life insurer is set to increase its commission wages, which reflect the sales performances of individual staff. The rate of increment will be ...