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36 articles published


Smaller is getting bigger in the satellite business

Business Jan 17, 2014

Smaller is getting bigger in the satellite business

by Takashi Amano

As emerging space pioneers in China and India race to the moon and Mars, private-sector startups are quietly launching satellites the size of microwave ovens that aim to satisfy much more terrestrial desires. Axelspace Corp. in November launched a micro-satellite from Yasny, Russia, that the ...

Business Jan 17, 2014

Firms' tax hike limits face scrutiny

The government said Friday it has started sending inspectors to more than 260 companies suspected of not allowing smaller wholesalers or subcontractors to pass on cost increases stemming from the consumption tax hike in April. The move is based on a survey conducted by the ...

Economy rated as 'recovering'

Business / Economy Jan 17, 2014

Economy rated as 'recovering'

The government on Friday revised upward its basic assessment of the economy, describing it as "recovering" for the first time in six years, on the back of robust consumer spending ahead of the sales tax hike in April and improvement in business investment. "The Japanese ...

National Jan 17, 2014

Disaster plan to swiftly evacuate socially vulnerable citizens revised

The government's disaster prevention panel Friday revised its basic preparedness plan in hopes of ensuring that the elderly and other vulnerable people can evacuate quickly and smoothly, drawing from lessons from the March 2011 disasters. Under the revised plan, the government will put stronger measures ...

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

National Jan 17, 2014

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Memorial ceremonies Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe and the surrounding area, resulting in the loss of 6,434 lives. Survivors of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami joined Kansai residents at the ceremonies, observing a moment of ...

Commentary / Japan Jan 17, 2014

A vision for Japan's future

by Shinji Fukukawa

Thanks to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" initiative for national economic recovery, Japan's economy as well as its currency and stock markets started the New Year on a positive note for the first time in a long while.

Editorials Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.

Commentary Jan 17, 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon

by Ramzy Baroud

Ariel Sharon, the late former Israeli prime minister, was not called the "the Bulldozer" for being a fearless leader. Nor do Arabs call him "the Butcher of Beirut" for simply overseeing the invasion of Lebanon.

Editorials Jan 17, 2014

Global economic prospects

As the world watches for signs of stable global economic growth this year, Japan should be ready to take remedial measures for its own economy if the consumption tax increase in April causes negative effects.

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 17, 2014

Hamamatsu beats Tokyo for fifth straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix are hitting their stride as the second half of the season begins. Coach Tomoya Higashino's squad extended its winning streak to five games on Friday, beating the host Tokyo Cinq Reves 75-69. Fueled by high-energy veterans and all-around depth, the Phoenix (17-11) ...

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Jan 17, 2014

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

by Kaz Nagatsuka

People don't remember Hideo Nomo by his records. They remember him as a trailblazer. And that's enough to get him into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. The former starting pitcher in both Japan and the major leagues was selected by the Players Selection Committee, along ...

Murai presented as next J. League chairman

Soccer / J. League Jan 17, 2014

Murai presented as next J. League chairman

Mitsuru Murai, who is set to be approved as the J. League's next chairman on Jan. 31, said Friday the league has come to a "huge turning point." "The league is at a huge turning point, but I will accept the challenge and do whatever ...

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Baseball / MLB Jan 17, 2014

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Highly sought-after pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is likely to narrow down his preferences among major league suitors in the coming days, a member of his staff said Friday. "There is about a week left, so I think that is something that is going to start from ...

Soccer Jan 17, 2014

Hasebe set to undergo surgery

Japan captain and Nuremberg midfielder Makoto Hasebe said he was bracing for the worst as he arrived back in Japan on Friday to undergo knee surgery. The 29-year-old former Urawa Reds and Wolfsburg man has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks ...

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 17, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back; Hakuho continues march

Ozeki Kisenosato got back in the winner's column a day after suffering his second defeat in his bid at yokozuna promotion, while yokozuna Hakuho continued to steamroll with his sixth win in a row at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Hakuho, aiming ...