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National Jan 4, 2016

Holiday over as first workweek of 2016 begins

People who returned to big cities began their first day of work Monday after spending the New Year's holidays overseas or at their family homes. Due to the calendar, this year's holidays were relatively short, and many companies as well as public organizations started operations ...

Basketball / BJ-League Dec 3, 2011

HeatDevils, Phoenix end long streaks

The Oita HeatDevils snapped an eight-game losing streak and the two-time defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix had their nine-game winning streak end in the bj-league on Friday. Oita defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs 83-67. Kohei Mitomo and T.J. Cummings each scored 20 points for the ...

National Mar 28, 2004

Koizumi favors unifying pensions

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Saturday he supports integrating the three public pensions to correct the burden imbalance among premium payers depending on occupation. It marks a clear departure from the position of the welfare ministry, which wants to maintain the current framework of the ...