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Schools hit by norovirus reopen

National Jan 22, 2014

Schools hit by norovirus reopen

Fourteen elementary schools in Hamamatsu reopened Wednesday morning, about a week after they were closed because some 1,000 children and teachers developed symptoms of food poisoning from norovirus-tainted bread. The board of education in the Shizuoka Prefecture city announced at noon that one school still ...

Rubble from Atomic Bomb Dome salvaged from river

National Jan 22, 2014

Rubble from Atomic Bomb Dome salvaged from river

Rubble believed to be from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, was salvaged Wednesday from the nearby Motoyasu River by a crane with support from Hiroshima University. Rebun Kayo, a 35-year-old graduate student at Hiroshima University, discovered granite chunks last ...

Renesas hopes to ax 5,400 more jobs

Business / Corporate Jan 22, 2014

Renesas hopes to ax 5,400 more jobs

Struggling chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp., seeking to accelerate restructuring efforts, plans to slash another 5,400 domestic employees, or around 20 percent of its workforce, by the end of March 2016 through early retirements, according to company sources. The labor union, however, opposes the plan. The ...

Business / Economy Jan 22, 2014

IMF upgrades global, Japan growth outlook

The International Monetary Fund upgraded its economic outlooks for the world and Japan in 2014 on the back of an overall recovery in advanced economies. In a revision to its biannual World Economic Outlook report, the IMF on Tuesday raised the expected growth rate of ...

Abe takes aim at pacifist Constitution

National / Politics Jan 22, 2014

Abe takes aim at pacifist Constitution

by Noriyuki Suzuki

The pacifist credo that has given modern Japan its distinctive security framework is moving increasingly into the spotlight as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to shake up the postwar regime. Dissatisfied with the restrictions imposed by the Constitution, Abe aims to implement changes to enable ...

Editorials Jan 22, 2014

Tobacco's red flag turns 50

It was 50 years ago that a landmark study by the U.S. Surgeon General identified the links between tobacco use, cancer and death. The number of tobacco-related illnesses and fatalities remains too high.

Workshops for theater — and life

Stage Jan 22, 2014

Workshops for theater — and life

by Nobuko Tanaka

"When I worked in an office, I was always nervous and I tensed up a lot just trying to behave correctly. But since coming to these workshops, I often feel like communicating with others spontaneously, of my own free will." Speaking after an arduous, six-hour ...

The Onodera enigma

Stage Jan 22, 2014

The Onodera enigma

by Natsume Date

The name of the late great Pina Bausch's acclaimed Tanztheater in the German city of Wuppertal may translate as "Dancetheater," but its works often owe more to abstract emotional action and snatched dialogue than to dance. Over in London, meanwhile, Simon McBurney's Complicite company ...

Komanosuke Takemoto: a rare voice of tradition

Stage Jan 22, 2014

Komanosuke Takemoto: a rare voice of tradition

by Ayako Takahashi

The traditional performing art of bunraku (ningyō jōruri) involves three puppeteers together operating a cast of single puppets, with a gidayū bushi to the side comprising a story-teller (tayū) and a shamisen player (shamisen- hiki) seated on a round platform (yuka). Originally, the gidayū bushi ...

Women's ice hockey team aiming for podium finish in Sochi

Ice hockey Jan 22, 2014

Women's ice hockey team aiming for podium finish in Sochi

When the Japan women's ice hockey team makes its first Olympic appearance next month at the Sochi Games since gaining entrance through an automatic berth at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, it will be out to shock the world with a podium finish. Yuji Iizuka believes ...

Yokozuna Hakuho remains lone unbeaten wrestler

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 22, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho remains lone unbeaten wrestler

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho stayed firmly on track for a 28th Emperor's Cup with a routine defeat of Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu on Wednesday, staying one win clear heading down the stretch at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho has looked invincible at this tournament and ...

More Sports / Boxing Jan 22, 2014

Kono looks to recapture world title

Former WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono is eager to get back in the ring to reclaim his title, he said Wednesday. The 33-year-old Kono, ranked second in the division by the WBA, lost his first title defense by decision last May. On March 26, ...