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FAO chief pitches safety of Fukushima foods in tasting event

National May 10, 2017

FAO chief pitches safety of Fukushima foods in tasting event

The head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday the safety of food produced in Fukushima is "assured," despite the import bans still imposed by some countries in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster. "At the moment, we don't see any reason ...

Japanese archaeologists use lasers and drones to map out pyramids

National May 10, 2017

Japanese archaeologists use lasers and drones to map out pyramids

Japanese researchers have gone high-tech in an effort to unravel the mysteries behind the construction of Egypt's pyramids, mapping out the gigantic structures using advanced laser scanners and a drone. In March, in Abusir in the suburbs of Cairo, the group led by archaeologist Yukinori ...

National May 10, 2017

Tepco mandated to create fund for scrapping Fukushima plant

The Diet passed a bill Wednesday requiring Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to put aside extra funds to decommission its crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, as the state seeks to gain more financial control over the utility. Under the revised law, the state-backed Nuclear ...

National May 10, 2017

Ruling bloc pushes Lower House to pass 'conspiracy' bill

The ruling bloc is aiming to get through the Lower House a contentious bill that would punish the planning of crimes, lawmakers said Tuesday, despite lingering criticism that the legislation could threaten civil rights. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, ...

National May 10, 2017

Kepco eyes restarting Takahama reactor on May 17

Kansai Electric Power Co. is planning to reactivate an idled nuclear reactor on the Sea of Japan coast on May 17 at the earliest, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The planned restart of the reactor 4 at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture ...

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

TV May 10, 2017

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

by Kaori Shoji

There comes a moment of truth in every episode of reality-dating series "The Bachelor" when the handsome and wealthy bachelor must eliminate at least one of the 25 women vying for his affection during a "rose ceremony." In "The Bachelor Japan," the series' first rose ...

Norimoto, Amador lift Eagles to win over Marines

Baseball / Japanese Baseball May 10, 2017

Norimoto, Amador lift Eagles to win over Marines

Takahiro Norimoto threw a five-hit shutout and Japhet Amador hit a first-inning grand slam as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-0 on Wednesday. Norimoto (4-1) earned his third straight win after striking out 12, reaching double-digits for a ...

Kashima beats Muangthong to rise to top spot in ACL group

Soccer May 10, 2017

Kashima beats Muangthong to rise to top spot in ACL group

Yuma Suzuki scored twice as Kashima Antlers beat Thailand's Muangthong United 2-1 at home on Wednesday night to book a meeting with Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande in the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League. Suzuki scored with headers either side of a screamer ...

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Soccer / J. League May 10, 2017

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Struggling Albirex Niigata have come to terms on a deal to make Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes their new manager and are finalizing the agreement, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Lopes was tapped to take the reins after Fumitake Miura, who ...

Ikee seeking medal, win over rival

More Sports / Swimming May 10, 2017

Ikee seeking medal, win over rival

Having become the first woman to win five titles at the national championships at the tender age of 16, Rikako Ikee has her sights set on more hardware and another 16-year-old at the world championships in Budapest in July. Ikee, who competed in seven events ...