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May 23, 2011

Debate awaits on child custody pact

After years of foreign pressure, Japan finally decided Friday to sign a treaty to settle cross-border child custody disputes, but a heated debate is expected to continue as proponents of the pact hope the move leads to the formation of a system that will ...

Italians join forces to aid tsunami-ravaged city in Iwate

May 20, 2011

Italians join forces to aid tsunami-ravaged city in Iwate

Some 500 people in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami, earlier this month received a pasta, soup and wine treat provided by prominent Italian chefs from Tokyo. The event, named Domenica Italiana ...

Ishigaki fishermen fret over Senkaku encroachment

Dec 8, 2010

Ishigaki fishermen fret over Senkaku encroachment

ISHIGAKI, Okinawa Pref. — Fishermen from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, have called on the central government to deal with the increasing presence of Taiwanese fishing boats in nearby waters, which they say threaten their safety and livelihood. Ishigaki ...

Uncertainty over tests stymies India nuclear pact

| Oct 26, 2010

Uncertainty over tests stymies India nuclear pact

Torn between economic gains and a national credo of abolishing nuclear weapons as the only country struck by them, Japan faces a dilemma in negotiating a civilian nuclear cooperation pact with India. The three-day visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again highlights Japan's ...

| Sep 26, 2010

China tensions cloud Kan U.N. trip

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Naoto Kan and new Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara's trip to attend U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York was largely overshadowed by tensions between Japan and China over a ship collision incident near the disputed Senkaku Islands that escalated ...

UNICEF: Narrow poverty gaps

Sep 12, 2010

UNICEF: Narrow poverty gaps

The head of the U.N. Children's Fund office in Tokyo is calling on the government to try to narrow gaps among the poor in its efforts to help achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction. In a recent interview, Kunihiko Hirabayashi, director of ...

Firms tie English to survival

Aug 11, 2010

Firms tie English to survival

The recent moves by up-and-coming companies such as Rakuten Inc. and Fast Retailing Co. to adopt English as their official in-house language by 2012 reveal their resolve to compete globally to survive. Rakuten President Hiroshi Mikitani's call for executives who can't speak English by 2012 ...

| Jul 1, 2010

Your Party touting smaller government

Your Party is campaigning on a growth-oriented policy in hopes of striking a chord with businesspeople unhappy with the economy. Compared with the Democratic Party of Japan and Liberal Democratic Party, which both somewhat back big government with their vow to hike the consumption tax ...