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51 articles published


National / Politics Jan 28, 2014

Governors address Tokyo nuke debate

As Tokyo prepares for its Feb. 9 gubernatorial election, governors of prefectures with nuclear power plants are split over whether they believe the nation’s reliance on atomic energy should be a campaign issue.

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

National Jan 28, 2014

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

by Takeshi Ozawa

When Tokyo won the bid last Sept. 7 to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, it was a mixed blessing to people in Okinawa, especially seniors. On the same day 50 years earlier, the Olympic torch arrived in Okinawa ahead of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. ...

Plan gives SDF medics freer hand under fire

National Jan 28, 2014

Plan gives SDF medics freer hand under fire

The government is looking to grant Self-Defense Forces paramedics more discretionary authority in treating wounded service members if Japan comes under attack. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants the SDF to play a greater security role abroad as part of his drive to redefine the ...

JR Kyushu looks to woo women with Sweets Train

National Jan 28, 2014

JR Kyushu looks to woo women with Sweets Train

JR Kyushu plans to introduce a Sweets Train service on the Omura Line in Nagasaki Prefecture and Kyudai Main Line connecting Fukuoka and Oita prefectures, targeting mainly female riders with local confectionery, officials said. The service, to debut in 2015, will be the first of ...

Business / Corporate Jan 28, 2014

Panasonic in talks to sell Hyogo plasma factory

Panasonic Corp. is in the final stage of talks with a real estate investment advisory company to sell its plasma display panel factory in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, according to sources. The deal with Center Point Development Inc. would give Panasonic several billion yen in proceeds, ...

Editorials Jan 28, 2014

The Mac computer turns 30

Thirty years ago this month, little-known Apple Computer began to transform the world. Its signal event was a television advertisement broadcast during America's Super Bowl, announcing the introduction of a new product in two days.

Commentary / Japan Jan 28, 2014

New dawn breaking over Japan

by Shinzo Abe

Writing from Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it is not twilight, but a new dawn, that is breaking over Japan, thanks to his administration's overcoming the notion that certain reforms could never be carried out.

The logistics of a luxury Valentine's

Food & Drink Jan 28, 2014

The logistics of a luxury Valentine's

by Angela Erika Kubo

Advances in technology have made it possible for people as far away as Japan to enjoy the best of France's chocolate delights. "We can send our product quickly by airplane and it will arrive in just two or three days," says Clément Groisne, managing director ...

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

Music Jan 28, 2014

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

by James Hadfield

Most journalists hope to get a few decent quotes from an interview. Steve Goodman ended up getting a record label. It was 2003 when the Glasgow-born DJ, producer and sometime music writer interviewed fellow bass enthusiast Kevin Martin for XLR8R magazine. The latter was promoting ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jan 28, 2014

Swallows slugger Balentien returns to Japan

Wladimir Balentien, who was arrested in Florida this month on charges of domestic violence, arrived in Japan on Tuesday in time for the start of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows' spring training. The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges following an incident with his wife, ...

Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Ski jumping Jan 28, 2014

Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Despite turning 41 last summer, Noriaki Kasai is showing no signs of slowing down and a recent World Cup win suggests the ski jumper nicknamed "Kamikaze" could emerge as a surprise medalist in his seventh Winter Olympics appearance at next month's Sochi Games. Kasai made ...