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39 articles published


Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

National / Politics Jan 31, 2014

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

by Ayako Mie

In a bid to dodge criticism that he is unqualified to lead NHK, its embattled president, Katsuto Momii, tells the Diet the contentious remarks at his first official press conference were not the broadcaster's official views but his own.

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

National Jan 31, 2014

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

by Atsushi Kodera

Hay fever season has arrived in the Kanto region to the dismay of people who every year suffer sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes from "sugi" cedar or "hinoki" cypress pollen. Weathernews Inc. said the allergy season arrived a week to 10 days earlier than ...

Renault-Nissan alliance seeks 7.5% more savings

Business / Corporate Jan 31, 2014

Renault-Nissan alliance seeks 7.5% more savings

Renault and Nissan raised their goal for combined savings by 7.5 percent as the 15-year-old alliance accelerates cooperation efforts. The carmakers expect to save "at least" $5.83 billion by 2016 by stepping up joint projects in development, manufacturing, purchasing and human resources, the automaking partnership ...

Business / Corporate Jan 31, 2014

Hitachi to top Canon's market value

Hitachi Ltd., which quit making TV sets in 2012 to focus on industrial-power and infrastructure units, is poised to surpass Canon Inc. in market value as camera sales are sapped by smartphones. Bloomberg has tracked the market capitalizations of Hitachi, Canon, Sony Corp. and Panasonic ...

Business / Corporate Jan 31, 2014

More airlines to serve Myanmar

Japan and Myanmar have agreed to revise a bilateral aviation accord to allow more than one air carrier from each country to offer flights, the Foreign Ministry said. Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mikio Numata and Tin Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Civil ...

Business Jan 31, 2014

Nippon Life to raise workers' wages

Nippon Life Insurance Co. plans to raise wages for its marketing workforce of 50,000 nationwide in April, sources said Friday. Japan's largest life insurer is set to increase its commission wages, which reflect the sales performances of individual staff. The rate of increment will be ...

Business / Economy Jan 31, 2014

Deflation nearing end, 2013 data show

Economic data for 2013 show signs that Japan is moving a step closer to beating prolonged deflation, with consumer prices rising for the first time in five years while the employment situation also improved.

National Jan 31, 2014

Consumer safety panel winning little praise

The first report by the Consumer Safety Investigation Commission has left the family involved in a fatal water heater accident in 2005 far from satisfied. The report, released last week, censured Paloma Industries Ltd., which made the heater, for having "inadequate safety measures" but otherwise ...

Japan's wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France

National Jan 31, 2014

Japan's wartime sex slavery featured at manga festival in France

A special exhibition on sexual slavery of Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II began Thursday as part of an international comic book festival in Angouleme, southwestern France. On the opening day an estimated 600 people visited the section on the wartime ...

Editorials Jan 31, 2014

Reckless politicization of textbooks

A revised government guideline for textbook writing states that the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan and the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are to be treated unequivovally as Japan's territories.

Editorials Jan 31, 2014

Help households, not corporations

Lowering corporate taxes, as the Abe administration wants to do, will invite criticism that Japan's businesses are being cosseted at the expense of tax relief for households.

Events | KANSAI: WHO & WHAT Jan 31, 2014

'Setsubun' ceremonies in Kyoto and Nara

Many temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara will hold a "setsubun" ceremony this Monday 3 to celebrate the last day of winter in the traditional lunar calendar. Scattering beans to drive out devils and attract good fortune is one of the main activities of ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 31, 2014

JFA to honor National Stadium with exhibit

The Japan Soccer Museum will host a special exhibit celebrating Tokyo's historic National Stadium, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The stadium, which hosted the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will be closed this year for reconstruction as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Games. The exhibit ...