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43 articles published


Kadena moms demand truth

National Jan 21, 2014

Kadena moms demand truth

by Jon Mitchell

Six months ago, dangerous levels of dioxin were discovered near two U.S. Department of Defense schools on Okinawa Island — but only now are many service members based there learning the full extent of the contamination.

National Jan 21, 2014

Shiga ups Biwa's Fukui fallout threat

If a Fukushima-style nuclear disaster were to occur in Fukui Prefecture, 26 percent of the surface of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture would receive radioactive fallout exceeding the country's threshold allowable for drinking water, Shiga officials speculated Tuesday. The prefecture's forecast, disclosed the same day, ...

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

Business / Tech Jan 21, 2014

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

by Takashi Amano and Mariko Yasu

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata, who tripled revenue by introducing hits like the Wii console, is coming under fire from investors and analysts after the company's latest game machine flopped. Though Iwata had vowed to deliver ¥100 billion in operating profit this fiscal year, the ...

76% of students graduating in March have jobs

Business Jan 21, 2014

76% of students graduating in March have jobs

More than three-quarters of university students graduating this March have a job lined up for April, up for the third straight year, according to a government survey released Tuesday. The percentage as of Dec. 1 was 76.6 percent, up 1.6 percentage points from a year ...

'Eho-maki' fair; EU Gateway Programme

Business | NOTEBOOK Jan 21, 2014

'Eho-maki' fair; EU Gateway Programme

seasonal 'Eho-maki' fair In preparation for the Setsubun festival on Feb. 3, the shopping facilities in Tokyo Station: Gransta, Gransta Dining and Central Street will hold a special fair featuring "eho-maki" sushi rolls and roll cakes between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3. Setsubun, which literally means the ...

Revamped inns target foreign guests

National Jan 21, 2014

Revamped inns target foreign guests

by Junji Yamaguchi

Amid the latest tourism boom and in preparation for intensifying competition for guests ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, major hotels in downtown Tokyo have set out to win the hearts of foreign visitors with massive renovations infused with Japanese aesthetics while also upgrading ...

Boy latest in line of spinning top artists

National Jan 21, 2014

Boy latest in line of spinning top artists

by Hironari Suzuki

A 10-year-old boy has become the successor to a line of performers who keep alive the traditional art of spinning tops called Chikuzen Hakata Koma, which has been designated by Fukuoka Prefecture as an intangible cultural asset. These performers execute moves such as spinning their ...

Low-priced 'generic' household appliances gaining popularity

National Jan 21, 2014

Low-priced 'generic' household appliances gaining popularity

by Satoshi Toi

So-called generic home appliances are growing increasingly popular with consumers who place priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brand recognition. In the industry, generic home appliances are "no-brand" products or ones coming from little-known brands that use older technology. They offer ...

Editorials Jan 21, 2014

Japan's nuclear waste problem

The government plans to step up its efforts to select a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power generation despite having searched for more than a decade, without success, to find a willing host community.

Editorials Jan 21, 2014

Collision in the Inland Sea

The Japan Coast Guard and the Japan Transport Safety are investigating the details of the most recent collision between an MSDF ship and a fishing boat, this time in the Inland Sea.

Commentary Jan 21, 2014

Japan heading for darker days

by Takamitsu Sawa

It's still baffling why the Abe administration was in such a hurry to have the state secrets bill passed when various opinion surveys showed that the bill was opposed by about 80 percnet of respondens on the very day the Upper House voted on ...

Music Jan 21, 2014

Ventla, i-fls and the road out of the Web

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo bedroom producer Ventla has one goal and one goal only. "Ventla is in the process of releasing 100 digital albums for free over the coming years," he declares on his website. So far, the relatively anonymous music maker has achieved a quarter of his goal, ...

Yokozuna Hakuho stays on target for 28th career title

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho stays on target for 28th career title

Yokozuna Hakuho dispensed with sumo old-timer Kyokutenho to keep his clean slate, while ozeki Kakuryu stayed hot in pursuit one behind with a smackdown of Goeido at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Hakuho improved to 10-0, moving a step closer toward winning ...