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Tepco gets low rating for nuclear accident drills, draws criticism

National Jul 25, 2018

Tepco gets low rating for nuclear accident drills, draws criticism

A Niigata Prefecture nuclear power plant run by Tepco, the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 facility, received the lowest possible rating during preparation drills in the event of a severe incident, the nation's nuclear watchdog agency said in a report released Wednesday. None ...

Ex-Bank of Japan chief Yasuo Matsushita dies at 92

Business Jul 25, 2018

Ex-Bank of Japan chief Yasuo Matsushita dies at 92

Former Bank of Japan Gov. Yasuo Matsushita, who led the central bank during the country's financial crisis of the 1990s, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 92. The date and cause of death were not immediately clear. Matsushita was known for cutting interest rates ...

Fuji Rock sees a slow pivot to a more Japanese lineup

Music Jul 25, 2018

Fuji Rock sees a slow pivot to a more Japanese lineup

by James Hadfield

When Fuji Rock Festival started in late 1990s, the principal attractions were invariably imported. Although the event also featured plenty of Japanese bands, even in the early years, it was Westerners that exerted the biggest draw — from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo ...

Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jul 25, 2018

Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

by John Gunning

The Nagoya tournament ended with the Emperor's Cup being handed to arguably the most surprising top division champion in eight years. The steamy meet in central Japan took its cue from the World Cup, delivering a succession of shocks right from the get-go. Big names fell ...