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46 articles published


Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

National / Politics Jan 7, 2014

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

by Ayako Mie

Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announces he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics ...

Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

Business Jan 7, 2014

Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

by Alan Ohnsman

Toyota Motor Corp., which is getting ready to sell Camry-size sedans powered by fuel cells in the U.S. next year, plans to help create a network of hydrogen stations that may include pumps at car dealers and even trash dumps. The world's largest automaker showed ...

Yachi to lead security secretariat

National Jan 7, 2014

Yachi to lead security secretariat

The government on Tuesday launched the secretariat of its U.S.-style National Security Council, with former Vice Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi picked to lead the new body. The secretariat will support the council's core conference to be attended by the prime, foreign and defense ministers and ...

National Jan 7, 2014

Expanded links to Indian air force eyed amid China spat

Japan and India moved to expand air force ties before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits New Delhi in a few weeks, bolstering relations two months after China declared an air defense identification zone in a disputed area. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Indian counterpart, ...

National Jan 7, 2014

Door to dialogue with S. Korea, China open: Aso

Finance Minister Taro Aso indicated Tuesday he would like to help improve relations with China and South Korea, emphasizing the major economic role the three countries play in Asia. While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to Yasukuni Shrine stoked the animosity between Japan and ...

Bar for pre-crisis bankers falls on hard times

Business Jan 7, 2014

Bar for pre-crisis bankers falls on hard times

Heartland, the bar in Tokyo's Roppongi Hills complex where bankers from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. partied before the 2008 financial crisis, has shut its doors after more than a decade. The bar, downstairs from the Japan headquarters of Goldman Sachs ...

Business Jan 7, 2014

Business leaders call on firms to hike pay

by Masaaki Kameda

In line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to break the grip of deflation through aggressive economic policies, business leaders on Tuesday called on companies to hike wages. "We have asked member companies to raise wages to realize a virtuous cycle of the economy," Keidanren ...

'Washoku' in Florence; JTA's whale shark jets

Business | NOTEBOOK Jan 7, 2014

'Washoku' in Florence; JTA's whale shark jets

EVENTS 'Washoku' in Florence In response to the registration of "washoku" traditional Japanese cuisine as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will hold a promotional event in Florence, Italy, on Jan. 21 to 23, so that people overseas can appreciate ...

National Jan 7, 2014

'Neets' band together to up esteem

by Koichi Tsujimura

Some 170 "neets" have jointly established a company, hoping to defy the social view of them as underdogs. A neet is a young person who is "not in education, employment or training." Currently, there are an estimated 630,000 neets aged between 15 and 34 across ...

Editorials Jan 7, 2014

LDP's secrecy law propaganda

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rebutting newspaper articles that have criticized the recently enacted state secrets protection law. But its documented arguments are far from convincing.

Commentary / World Jan 7, 2014

Will the bitcoin bite the dust?

by Kevin Rafferty

Bitcoin was one of Oxford Dictionaries' runners-up for the word of the year for 2013. The virtual currency has received a partial blessing from the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. But will it bite the dust because of its volatility?

Sumo Jan 7, 2014

Harumafuji slowed by ankle pain

With just a handful of days remaining before the start of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, yokozuna Harumafuji remained unable to go all out on Tuesday due to pain in his left ankle. The Mongolian, who ended 2013 on a high note ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 7, 2014

Forward Osako joins Munich squad

German second-division club TSV 1860 Munich on Tuesday unveiled Japan forward Yuya Osako, who has joined the team from J.League first-division side Kashima Antlers. "In order to improve, you need to change your environment," the 23-year-old told a news conference. "The biggest thing is to ...