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Abe's remarks on WWI parallels to be clarified

National / Politics Jan 24, 2014

Abe's remarks on WWI parallels to be clarified

The government will make clear to other countries what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meant earlier this week when he compared the rocky relations between Japan and China to those of Britain and Germany prior to World War I, officials say.

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

National Jan 24, 2014

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

by Anna Mukai

With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan's car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn't match the marketing muscle of the local giants like Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in the country. So Tiziana Alamprese, marketing ...

National Jan 24, 2014

Virginia textbooks to use Sea of Japan, East Sea

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Thursday that will require future school textbooks to carry both names used by the Japanese and South Korean governments for the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The bill to teach students the East Sea, used by the ...

Industrial materials demand rebounding

Business / Economy Jan 24, 2014

Industrial materials demand rebounding

Demand for industrial materials is showing clear signs of recovery, with steel and cement production in 2013 in Japan hitting their highest levels in five years on the back of the building boom in disaster-struck regions and urban areas undergoing economic expansion. Production of paper ...

Sony expected to lower profit outlook again

Business / Corporate Jan 24, 2014

Sony expected to lower profit outlook again

by Mariko Yasu

Nintendo Co. shocked investors last week by lowering its profit forecast for the year. Analysts are concerned Sony Corp. could be next. At least nine analysts cut their profit estimates for Sony over the past two months after slow holiday sales of televisions, personal computers ...

ANA veteran to revamp safety regime at Asiana

Business Jan 24, 2014

ANA veteran to revamp safety regime at Asiana

by Yasuji Matsumoto

A former All Nippon Airways pilot has been hired by Asiana Airlines to improve its safety standards after a fatal crash last July at San Francisco International Airport. "I have extensive international experience and will aim to enhance safety management at Asiana on the basis ...

National Jan 24, 2014

New 'island' may help enlarge EEZ

Continuing volcanic activity near the tiny island of Nishinoshima, some 1,000 km south of Tokyo, has given rise to the possibility that Japan's exclusive economic zone may expand a fraction. The "new island" that emerged during a volcanic eruption last year, an event first observed ...

National Jan 24, 2014

Quake will cut water to 94% of Osaka

A powerful earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast could cut off tap water to roughly 8.32 million people in Osaka, or 94 percent of the prefecture's residents, Osaka Prefecture says.

Editorials Jan 24, 2014

Limits of secrecy oversight panel

An expert council for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be able to serve as a minor check against the arbitrary application of the new state secrets law, but the the defects of the law will remain.

Editorials Jan 24, 2014

Opposition needs unified agenda

There are budding moves to reorganize Japan's fragmented political opposition to create a new force that can stand up to the giant ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

Ski jumping Jan 24, 2014

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

The Sochi Olympic Games could not have been timed better for 17-year-old women's ski jumper Sara Takanashi. In the first Olympics in which women will jump for medals, Takanashi is firmly established as the best in her field. Coming off her first overall World Cup ...

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 24, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Yokozuna Hakuho condemned ozeki Kisenosato to a sixth defeat with a vicious eruption on Friday, putting an exclamation on his would-be rival's utter implosion on the 13th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Bulgarian Kotooshu, meanwhile, was also dumped to a sixth and ...