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30 articles published


National Jan 27, 2014

Return arms-grade plutonium: U.S.

Washington is pressuring a reluctant Tokyo to return over 300 kg of mostly weapons-grade plutonium it let Japan experiment with during the Cold War.

War redress reversal in South Korea

Reference | FYI Jan 27, 2014

War redress reversal in South Korea

by Mizuho Aoki

Recent South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate Koreans who were forced to perform labor for them during the war have cast a shadow on already strained bilateral ties. In July, the Seoul High Court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSMC) ...

Yamaha hits Indonesia target for motorcycles

Business / Corporate Jan 27, 2014

Yamaha hits Indonesia target for motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Co., the world's second-largest motorcycle maker, said it probably met a reduced 2013 sales target in Indonesia and expects to at least maintain the level of deliveries in its largest market this year. Yamaha cut its 2013 sales estimate for Indonesia by 200,000 ...

Suspect told police how to poison food

National Jan 27, 2014

Suspect told police how to poison food

Investigative sources said Monday that, prior to his arrest, a factory worker suspected of lacing frozen food with pesticide at a factory in the town of Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, described to police how such an act could be carried out. Toshiki Abe, 49, was arrested ...

Editorials Jan 27, 2014

Abe's dangerous path

Efforts must be made to stop Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to drag the nation down a dangerous path in the fields of foreign policy and energy policy.

Editorials Jan 27, 2014

Alcohol dependency in Japan

A major problem in Japan, where an estimated 6.45 million people have alcohol-related problems, is the lack of social recognition that alcohol dependency is an illness.

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

Music Jan 27, 2014

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

An album featuring Japanese violinist Midori Goto on Sunday won the Best Classical Compendium award at the Grammys. Goto, 42, is a soloist in the violin concerto on "Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik," under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. The album, in which Germany's NDR ...

Kakuryu to get shot at yokozuna promotion

Sumo Jan 27, 2014

Kakuryu to get shot at yokozuna promotion

Mongolian ozeki Kakuryu will be a candidate for promotion to sumo's highest rank in March, the head of the Japan Sumo Association's Yokozuna Deliberation Council indicated Monday. The council held its regular meeting following the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, in ...

Indonesian Bachdim joins Ventforet

Soccer / J. League Jan 27, 2014

Indonesian Bachdim joins Ventforet

Dutch-born Indonesia forward Irfan Bachdim announced Monday he has officially joined J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu. "I am very happy about this move to a higher level such as the J. League," Bachdim told a news conference. The idea to invite Bachdim came up last ...