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35 articles published


Town enjoys splash before deluge

National Jan 20, 2014

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Residents of the Gunma Prefecture town of Naganohara on Monday gathered to participate in an annual hot-spring water splashing festival at Kawara-yu Onsen. Monday's festival was the last to be held here because the resort has to prepare to move out before it is submerged ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

National Jan 20, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility has ...

Reference | FYI Jan 20, 2014

Citizen watchdogs see secrets law reviving tax money abuses

by Eric Johnston

Democratic societies often have an ombudsman system of ordinary citizens who monitor how local and national tax money is spent. In Japan, the National Citizens' (Shimin) Ombudsman Network, a confederation of government watchdogs, came into being in 1994. Dedicated Shimin Ombudsman volunteers around the country ...

Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge

National Jan 20, 2014

Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge

by Mizuho Aoki

As Japan marked the coldest day on the calendar Monday, the mercury fell to its lowest point this winter in many places across the archipelago, the Meteorological Agency said. The frigid weather is likely to remain later this week, and the agency predicts temperatures to ...

Chinese court sentences 'gyoza' poisoner to life

World Jan 20, 2014

Chinese court sentences 'gyoza' poisoner to life

A 39-year-old Chinese man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for lacing frozen "gyoza" dumplings with poison, causing 14 people in Japan and China to fall ill six years ago and triggering concerns over the safety of food imported from the fast-growing country. "There ...

National Jan 20, 2014

Putin avoids criticizing Abe in interview with Chinese TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a recent interview with state-run China Central Television, stopped short of criticizing Japan over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit last month to Tokyo's war-related Yasukuni Shrine — a trip that infuriated Beijing and Seoul. Alluding to Abe's visit to the ...

NRA to re-examine fault situation at Tsuruga plant

National Jan 20, 2014

NRA to re-examine fault situation at Tsuruga plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority team began a two-day re-examination Monday of Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture to follow up on its discovery last May that reactor 2 is sitting on an active fault. In a report the following July, however, Japan ...

Editorials Jan 20, 2014

Okinawan voters send a message

The incumbent mayor of Nago, Okinawa, has won re-election on a platform that includes opposition to a government plan to relocate the functions of a U.S. Marine air base to the Henoko district of the city.

Editorials Jan 20, 2014

Cheaper yen demands caution

The yen's decline under the watch of the Abe administration has contributed to the popularity of his economic policy, but a furthering weakening would have disadvantages.

Uemura added to Sochi squad

More Sports / Winter Sports Jan 20, 2014

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Aiko Uemura was named to Japan's Winter Olympics team for the fifth time on Monday, when the Ski Association of Japan added more athletes to the squad it is sending to Sochi next month. The 34-year-old Uemura was one of four women moguls skiers who ...

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Basketball Jan 20, 2014

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Putting his honorable nickname behind him, Kenichi Sako is beginning a new adventure, though it may not proceed as smoothly as it did when he was a player. Sako, who was known as "Mr. Basketball" during his glorious career as a player in Japan, is ...

Hakuho remains in dominant form

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 20, 2014

Hakuho remains in dominant form

While yokozuna Hakuho continues to cruise, ozeki Kisenosato had salt rubbed in his wounds on Monday, when he suffered an embarrassing fourth loss on the ninth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his promotion bid to yokozuna effectively ended, the ...