Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

Business Jun 9, 2017

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

The lights of the high-end boutiques and bars of Tokyo's Ginza district may someday be powered by coal burned more than 1,700 miles away (2,700 km) in Mongolia, electricity zipping over ultra-high voltage lines across deserts and under seas. That's the idea behind plans in ...

Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

Business Apr 10, 2017

Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

Russia's Gazprom PJSC isn't confident in Japan's future as a growing natural gas user, which may damp prospects of a proposed pipeline between the countries as Premier Shinzo Abe travels to Moscow later this month. "The demand situation in Japan is not clear yet for ...

Hollywood is losing Japan box office to gender-bender tale 'Your Name.'

Film Mar 1, 2017

Hollywood is losing Japan box office to gender-bender tale 'Your Name.'

Move over, Hollywood — Japanese moviegoers are shopping local these days. While Walt Disney Co. claimed all five of the highest-grossing movies worldwide in 2016, the top spot in the world's fourth-largest box office was a body-swapping, gender-bending animated coming-of-age story, beating out "Captain America: ...

Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

National Feb 17, 2017

Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

The latest robot attempting to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six years ago in the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant met its end in less than a day. The scorpion-shape machine, built by Toshiba Corp., entered ...